ISSN 2693-9193


HETS Chair Message

In this new academic scenario, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, I am incredibly happy to present the Fall Issue, Volume XI, of this publication. The HETS journal traditionally addresses relevant topics impacting technology and Hispanic Students; this Issue is no exception. This is the third volume that we integrated new areas of interest, including student retention and assessment and the critical topic of student access. Also, we are delighted to announce that this is the first publication with the ISSN 2693-9193 number that have been granted to our Online Journal. This is the first phase of a plan to increase the visibility and possibility of the Journal articles citations after an analysis carried out in the 38 criteria for evaluation of electronic journals of the LATINDEX Organization. I invite you to share the link to this Journal with your colleagues.  Moreover, if you have an innovative project or would like to share your knowledge and experience in any of these areas impacting higher education, please consider submitting an article for Volume XI to be published in Spring 2021 on or before March 25, 2021.

Moreover, I am delighted to announce that this Issue was another special collaborative effort between HETS and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) due to a successful Fall 2019 joint publication. The HETS Journal recognized the valuable collaboration of Dr. Marcela G. Cuellar from the University of California, Davis, who represented HACU as an invited editor. Also, we invite new reviewers to join this effort. For consideration to serve as a reviewer, submit a letter of recommendation from your dean or vice president, along with a copy of your curriculum vitae to info@hets.org.

Dr. Carlos Morales
HETS Chair
President, TCC Connect Campus
Tarrant County College

 Editor’s Message

Pamela Vargas-Krauser

Welcome to the Fall 2020 edition of the HETS Online Journal!  Like everything in 2020, it’s been a challenge getting this edition finalized, but we hope you’ll agree that it was worth the wait!

This edition marks the second time that HETS and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) have collaborated to bring you an even more informative Journal.  By working together, we can offer a larger variety and number of articles. The HETS Journal recognized the valuable collaboration of Dr. Marcela G. Cuellar from the University of California, Davis, who represented HACU as an invited editor.

As always, the Journal focuses on ensuring the success of Hispanic students in higher education, which is at the core of the missions of both organizations. Many of the articles include the use of technology in student success, while all include information designed to help Hispanic students access higher education and succeed in their studies. In light of the pandemic and all of the other challenges of recent months, learning from the experiences of others has become even more vital.  We hope you will enjoy this edition, and that you will also consider sharing your expertise and experiences for a future edition of the HETS Online Journal.

In this edition, you’ll find the following articles:

A National Portrait of STEM Trajectories through Two- and Four-Year Hispanic Serving Institutions, explores the undergraduate profiles and outcomes of STEM majors who begin postsecondary education at two- and four-year Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).

The article, Assessing the Needs and Experiences of First-Generation Students’ Transition to Remote Learning Due to COVID-19 Pandemic at a Hispanic Serving Institution, describes an evaluation research project undertaken to determine the impact that the shift to remote learning has had on first-generation college students’ learning and the challenges that they faced in the process.

Estrategias de apoyo a la facultad en tiempos de pandemia: la respuesta de dos instituciones, presents successful strategies that two institutions employed during the rapid transition to remote teaching that was necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

La oferta universitaria en línea de Puerto Rico: Actualización a otoño 2020, provides an update of the distance learning offerings at colleges and universities in Puerto Rico and identifies the institutions, disciplines and level of programs offered under this teaching modality.

La tecnología virtual: su importancia en la enseñanza-aprendizaje de la contabilidad, explores the use of virtual technology in an accounting course and discusses how it can influence motivation and academic performance.

Social Presence: An Imperative in Online Learning Contexts, discusses the role of culture in social presence and how teaching and learning, faculty disposition, and cultural competence can be used to encourage a sense of belonging to an institution.

In the article, Student and Faculty Perspectives on Student Evaluation of Teaching: A Cross-Sectional Study at a Community College, the usefulness of Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) is examined from both the student and faculty views, with the goal of making these evaluations more useful for faculty while also providing a better learning experience for students.

Teaching Using a Flipped Classroom Approach: Impacts for Students of Color, considers whether the use of a flipped classroom teaching method for undergraduate quantitative research methods had an impact on undergraduate students’ academic achievement, as measured by their performance in course assignments, as well as on quizzes, exams, and the final paper.

The Effect of a Kernel Sentence Combining Technique on the Reading Comprehension Levels of Basic English Students at UPR-Cayey, investigates and analyzes the implementation of the Kernel-Sentence-Combining Technique and how it helped Basic English students at UPR-Cayey to improve their reading comprehension levels.

The purpose of the article entitled, What are the best practices for online student engagement among Hispanic-Serving Institutions? A narrative review, is to explore how post-secondary education instructors at HSIs can increase learner engagement and improve course retention rates, particularly at a time when many courses within post-secondary institutions are being delivered online.

Happy reading, and, above all, stay safe!

Pamela A. (Krauser) Vargas

Director, Research and Grant Development
Southeast Missouri State University
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Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone:  573.651.2196

 Call for Papers

hets-online-journalThe 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 XI, Spring Edition its due March 25, 2021. 

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