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HETS Chairman’s Message

Dr. Carlos Vargas-SEMO I am particularly happy to present the Spring Issue, Volume VIII, of this publication. The HETS journal traditionally addresses relevant topics impacting technology and Hispanic Students; this issue is no exception. This is the second volume that we integrated new areas of interest, including student retention and assessment, and the very important topic of student access.

I hope you will share the link to this Journal with your colleagues.  And if you have an innovative technique or would like to share your knowledge and experience in any of these areas impacting higher education, please consider submitting an article for the Volume IX fall edition on or before September 21, 2018. Click here to download the guidelines to submit your article. Your submission should be an original work either in English or Spanish. Just send it to the HETS office via e-mail to: info@hets.org. Through publications such as the HETS Online Journal, which is included in EBSCO Publishing’s databases, we can share the latest and best information with others in higher education and focus a wide spotlight on the exciting work being done by our colleagues.

Our sincere gratitude to editor in Chief, Pamela Vargas, and members of the Editorial Board: Dr. Ana Milena Lucumi, Mr. Sunil Gupta, Dr. Manuel Correa, Dr. Carlos Morales, Mr. Carlos Guevara, Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez, and Prof. Pura Centeno for accepting the challenge of reviewing and selecting the articles among the many impressive submissions received. We would like to recognize the hard work, commitment and dedication of all.

I hope you find our Spring Issue both informative and interesting.


Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto
HETS Chair
President, Southeast Missouri State University


 Editor’s Message

Pamela Vargas-KrauserThanks for your interest in the Spring 2018 edition of the HETS Online Journal!

As always, we’re glad you’re here.  We hope you will find this information useful as you seek to attract, retain and graduate students.  Some of these articles highlight the use of technology in student success, while others deal overall with access and retention, which are also critical components of the HETS mission.

For example: The author of A Complementary Teaching Activity for Food Security and Healthy Eating Behavior Change in a Community College describes how a food and garden club, as part of a human nutrition course, has addressed the theoretical and practical content of health and nutrition courses, as well as the actual wellness and lifestyle practices of the students. The results have been instrumental in effecting change in the dietary habits of this very diverse group of students from a high-risk urban community, many of whom aspire to be health care workers. Students learn not only to ‘practice what they preach,’ but also increase their own health, which can increase their academic success.

In Hostos Online Learning Assessment (HOLA) Follow- Up: Student Perceptions in Two Cohorts, respondents’ perceptions of online learning were not found to be like those of students taking online courses nationwide.  The authors suggest that this study may provide important information regarding student perceptions of online learning in a Hispanic-serving institution, and that additional research should be conducted.

The article Las Competencias del Docente para Dictar Cursos en Línea presents a compelling argument and strategy for the need to evaluate and develop the skills of online instructors. Well-prepared faculty will increase the likelihood of student success, and the skills needed for online instruction will vary from those needed for face-to-face instruction. The practices described may be adapted at other institutions to aid in student success and retention.

And last but not least, the main focus on Setting Students Up for Life Long Success through Innovative Summer Bridge Programs and First Year Seminars, is the impact of a combined summer bridge program and a first-year seminar on the same group of students and how they have increased student retention and success. This type of programming can be especially important for first generation college students, and, particularly, for those from immigrant families. These practices, too, may be duplicated at other institutions.

We hope you will enjoy this issue, and, if you have some successful practices you’d like to share, we encourage you to consider writing for the HETS Online Journal and submit on or before September 21st, 2018!

Pamela A. (Krauser) Vargas
Director, Research and Grant Development
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza
MS 4400
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone:  573.651.2196


 Call for Papers

hets-online-journal(HETS Online Journal Flyer- English / Spanish)

The purpose of the HETS (Hispanic Educational Technology Services) Online Journal is to disseminate the research, findings, use and best practices in online education among those interested in this topic worldwide. The journal’s goals is to publish original, peer-reviewed and high quality scientific papers, research review, evidence-based articles, as well as other products of research in the fields of integration of technology, retention, assessment, and access and  in education to achieve student success. Click here to download the guidelines to prepare articles.  With the article, authors must submit to the HETS office the following document: HOJ Publishing Agreement (revised on June 2016).  Submission deadline for Volume IX,  Fall Edition is September 21, 2018.

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