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  • HETS appoints new Executive Assistant and Public Relations DirectorHETS appoints new Executive Assistant and Public Relations Director
    HETS is pleased to announce the appointment of Maribel Miró, APR, as Executive Assistant and Public Relations Director, effective May 16, 2022. With nearly 20 years of experience in the communications field, Maribel will be supporting HETS with the development of strategic initiatives to support the organization’s expansion and continuity of services for students, faculty and administrators at the over 45-member institutions in Puerto Rico, the United States and Latin America that constitute HETS.   Maribel is a licensed public relations professional (R-918, granted by Puerto Rico’s Public Relations Accreditation Board), with experience in corporate communications, internal communications, crisis, and project management. “We are delighted to have Maribel on board with us again. Her trajectory and expertise in communications makes her the ideal strategic advisor for our organization to support our expansion initiatives”, commented Dr. Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director. Maribel is the former Institutional Coordinator and Promoter for HETS while the organization administered the FIPSE Grant back in 2000-2002. Up until early this month, Maribel was acting as a strategic communications consultant since December of 2021. Her main contributions included developing key ...
  • uPlanner se une a HETS como socio corporativouPlanner se une a HETS como socio corporativo
    Recientemente, uPlanner, empresa dedicada al desarrollo e implementación de soluciones para instituciones de educación superior, se unió a HETS como nuevo aliado corporativo. uPlanner provee servicios de planificación, retención y evaluación.  Bajo los servicios de planificación, uPlanner proporciona un ahorro de recursos y mejora la experiencia del alumno a través de la optimización de horarios, aulas y profesores. Sus servicios de retención mejoran la retención de estudiantes a través de un modelo de predicción de riesgo de abandono para cada estudiante individual. A través de sus servicios de evaluación, uPlanner mejora el plan de estudios, el diseño del curso y recopila datos relacionados con el aprendizaje de los estudiantes. Y su Experiencia (App), simplifica las tareas organizativas y administrativas para los estudiantes dentro de una plataforma centralizada. Con las soluciones tecnológicas de uPlanner, los líderes en el campo de la educación pueden tener el poder de conectar los procesos académicos y de gestión con la visión institucional, a través de soluciones para mejorar la planificación académica, gestión curricular y deserción estudiantil. Con más de 10 años en el mercado, uPlanner tiene alrededor de 100 clientes entre Latinoamérica y Estados Unidos, e impactan ...
  • HETS Online Journal Spring Issue, Volume XII is now availableHETS Online Journal Spring Issue, Volume XII is now available
    HETS Online Journal Spring Issue, Volume XII is now available. This issue integrates new areas of interest, including student retention and assessment and the critical topic of student access. Furthermore, this issue also includes the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the new academic scenario. This publication includes the ISSN 2693-9193 number that has been assigned to our Online Journal. This activity is the first phase of the plan to increase the journal’s visibility after analyzing the 38 criteria for evaluation of electronic journals by the LATINDEX Organization. Consider submitting an article for the next issue to be published in the Fall 2022 if you have an innovative project to share your knowledge and experience in any of these areas impacting higher education. HETS is completing the final phase of its plan to transform our HTML-published journal into one published on an editorial platform. This phase includes facilitating the acquisition of the Direct Object Identifier (DOI) for articles, setting up the journal and author information for each and their subsequent PDF conversion, creating web pages in the Open Journal System, and ...
  • Comienza la Academia de Liderazgo de Tecnologías de Aprendizaje de HETS (H-LTLA) con 30 participantes seleccionados de Puerto Rico y ColombiaComienza la Academia de Liderazgo de Tecnologías de Aprendizaje de HETS (H-LTLA) con 30 participantes seleccionados de Puerto Rico y Colombia
    Comienza la primera edición en español de la Academia de Liderazgo de Tecnologías de Aprendizaje de HETS (H-LTLA) con 30 participantes seleccionados de instituciones en Puerto Rico y Colombia. La Academia es un programa de desarrollo profesional enfocado a mejorar las habilidades y el conocimiento de aquellos profesionales que se encuentran en el punto medio de sus carreras mientras contemplan roles futuros en posiciones de liderazgo. Como resultado, ayudará a adiestrar la próxima generación de líderes en las instituciones de educación superior que sirven a hispanos, promoviendo y facilitando la adopción y enseñanza de tecnologías.  Esta segunda edición de la Academia de HETS es la primera que se ofrece en español. Durante esta edición, los participantes tienen la oportunidad de adquirir competencias y ampliar su conocimiento a través de presentaciones sincrónicas con una facultad compuesta por líderes de la comunidad de educación superior de Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico. El currículo incluye temas variados con énfasis en los retos y oportunidades existentes en las instituciones que sirven a hispanos. El plan de estudios de forma sincrónica ofrece la oportunidad a los participantes seleccionados de establecer contactos con colegas que trabajan para promover y facilitar la adopción ...
  • HETS lanza segunda edición de su Academia en españolHETS lanza segunda edición de su Academia en español
    Fecha límite para solicitar es el 10 de marzo El próximo 29 de marzo comienza la segunda edición de la Academia de Liderazgo de Tecnologías de Aprendizaje de HETS (H-LTLA), en esta ocasión ofrecida en español, con recursos expertos provenientes de universidades reconocidas en Puerto Rico y en los Estados Unidos. Los participantes podrán interactuar con colegas a través de talleres sincrónicos ofrecidos en la plataforma de Blackboard Collaborate.  La Academia de HETS es un programa en línea enfocado en adiestrar a la próxima generación de líderes en instituciones de educación superior que sirven a hispanos, promoviendo y facilitando la adopción de tecnologías de enseñanza y aprendizaje. La misma cuenta con un currículo enfocado en el desarrollo de destrezas en las áreas de tecnología académica, aprendizaje en línea, diseño instruccional/curricular, y manejo de proyectos, entre otros.  La Academia consta de ocho (8) sesiones intensivas de tres (3) horas cada una, las cuales comenzarán el 29 de marzo y se extenderán hasta el 1ro abril. El horario sugerido será a partir de las 10:00AM hasta la 1:00PM (EST) y de 2:30PM a 5:30PM (EST) en ...
  • MORE THAN 20 INSTITUTIONS FROM PUERTO RICO, LATIN AMERICA, AND THE UNITED STATES GATHERED IN PUERTO RICO FOR THE 2022 BEST PRACTICES SHOWCASEMORE THAN 20 INSTITUTIONS FROM PUERTO RICO, LATIN AMERICA, AND THE UNITED STATES GATHERED IN PUERTO RICO FOR THE 2022 BEST PRACTICES SHOWCASE
    Download the Proceedings here Click here to see the recordings HETS Best Practices Showcase seventh edition was held in a hybrid modality in San Juan, Puerto Rico, bringing together more than twenty of its member institutions. The event, that took place on February 3rd and 4th of 2022 at the Inter American University, Metropolitan Campus, allowed the Consortium to share with the academic community, innovative projects and best practices (click here to see the Program of the Conference). More than 150 in-person and virtual attendees from Puerto Rico, Latin America, and the United States took advantage of the content and discussions shared by different Higher Education institutions. A playlist with all videos is available at our YouTube channel, you can access it here: 2022 HETS Best Practices Showcase. The Conference featured local and national speakers and showcased more than twenty best practices in the tracks of Access, Retention, and Online Learning and Technology Integration. The conference’s agenda opened with the Plenary Panel: The evolution of instructional modalities post-pandemic by Dr. Alice J. Casanova from EDP University; Francisco García from the University of ...
  • Pleased to announce our newest partner, CampusCare!Pleased to announce our newest partner, CampusCare!
    Dear HETS member and collaborator, We are pleased to announce our newest partner, CampusCare, which provides students with immediate 24/7/365 access to general health care and mental health care through state of the art and strategic telehealth technology. CampusCare offers remote access (telehealth) to general medical doctors and mental health counselors 24/7/365 from anywhere in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico, students are empowered to take control of their physical and mental health through their mobile devices, computers, and online video. CampusCare works with providers such as Teladoc, one of the largest telehealth technology providers in the United States providing general medical services to over 40 million members. CampusCare also works with Health Advocate (a nationwide provider to 12,500 organizations), to provide the best in immediate mental health services for students. Additionally, CampusCare provides low-cost pharmaceuticals through CVS, Walgreens, and other pharmacies throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. As an organization focuses on the integration of technology, HETS is looking forward to working together with CampusCare to support Hispanic student access to health care and mental health care through telehealth technology. Its President, Julie ...
  • Additional discount for HETS members to register & participate in the HETS 2022 Best Practices ShowcaseAdditional discount for HETS members to register & participate in the HETS 2022 Best Practices Showcase
    HETS staff is back at the office, and we hope you are doing great. We are pleased to announce an additional discount for HETS members to register and participate in the 2022 HETS Best Practices Showcase (BPS) in San Juan, PR, thanks to the generosity and support of our host: Inter American University Metropolitan Campus. You can register to join the BPS either in-person or virtual.  See the Conference Program with the schedule for February 3 and 4, 2022, focused on three major tracks: Access, Retention, and Online Learning &Technology Integration in Higher Education, with more than 20 presentations with speakers from institutions in Puerto Rico and the United States.  See below the details of the Conference and the link to register:   What: 2022 HETS Best Practices Showcase (more than 20 presentations)  When: February 3 and 4, 2022Registration fees: Click here (in person or virtual), including a special rate for HETS Members Where: Inter American University of PR, Metropolitan Campus, San Juan, PR (*Subject to Puerto Rico’s Government requirements) Please check the COVID 19 protocols to flight to PR in this link: Travel Safe (pr.gov).   The Conference’s main purpose is to highlight and celebrates the outstanding work of HETS member institutions in meaningfully and strategically using technology to achieve Hispanic student success. Our goal is to provide the opportunity to attend and network with presenters and ...
  • HETS 2022 Best Practices ShowcaseHETS 2022 Best Practices Showcase
    We are pleased to share the Conference Program to invite you to register to participate in the 2022 HETS Best Practices Showcase (BPS) schedule for February 3 and 4, 2022 in San Juan, PR. Taking place in a hybrid modality, the HETS BPS will present three major tracks focused on Access, Retention, and Online Learning&Technology Integration in Higher Education, with more than 20 presentations with speakers from institutions in PR and the US. See below the details of the Conference and the link to register: What: 2022 HETS Best Practices Showcase (more than 20 presentations) When: February 3 and 4, 2022 Registration fees: Click here (in person or virtual), including a special rate for HETS Members Where: Inter American University of PR, Metropolitan Campus, San Juan, PR (*Subject to Puerto Rico’s Government requirements) Please check the COVID 19 protocols to flight to PR in this link: Travel Safe (pr.gov).  Again, during the 2022 Best Practices Showcase, presenters and participants will have the opportunity to attend either in-person (attendees will need to present evidence of vaccination) or connect virtually. The Conference’s main purpose is, to highlights and celebrates the outstanding work of HETS member institutions in meaningfully and strategically using technology to achieve Hispanic student success. Also, to find solutions to many common issues and even establish new possibilities for collaboration with other institutions and potential partners. We encourage you to take advantage of this Conference and all presentations of this 2022 Virtual Best Practices Showcase and help us share this event among your colleagues. For more information about this event, ...
  • HETS team strengthens with the appointment of a new Executive AssistantHETS team strengthens with the appointment of a new Executive Assistant
    We are pleased to announce that the HETS team strengthens with the appointment of Ms. Tish Zambrana as the new Executive Assistant. Although Tish recently received her MBA in Business Administration in Strategic Management from EDP University of Puerto Rico, her work experience and skills are remarkable. Her expertise includes business strategic planning, development, and execution of production plans, training coordination, contract reviewing, human resource, public relations, press materials, and finance. Tish’s work experience includes working in the Hospitality and Restaurants Industry for the past 12 years as a trainer, personnel recruiter, executive administrator, coordination, and budget analyst. Prior to this, Tish served as compliance reviewing business permits, OSHA, EEOC, confidential material, and constancy communication with 3rd parties and suppliers. She was responsible for research, business presentations, supervision, log contracts, and communications to multiple departments and companies. Also, she is passionate about arts, project planning, and helping other people. We feel incredibly delighted to welcome Tish to our family to complement our team of outstanding collaborators! With her support, we hope to continue offering quality services and continue moving forward to the ...
  • HETS celebra la octava edición del Student Leadership Showcase con más de 400 participantesHETS celebra la octava edición del Student Leadership Showcase con más de 400 participantes
    Más de 400 estudiantes participaron de la octava edición del HETS Student Leadership Showcase: Llevando tu liderazgo a otro nivel, el 17 de septiembre de 2021 con una combinación de estudiantes presenciales en el Teatro de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico (UIPR) y otros conectados vía Zoom. La grabación del evento ya está disponible: Acceda aquí la grabación. El propósito principal del evento fue promover la gran variedad de servicios disponibles libre de costo para apoyar las metas académicas de los estudiantes e incrementar las oportunidades de éxito. Como en eventos anteriores, participaron estudiantes de todas las instituciones afiliadas en Puerto Rico. Además, participaron de otras instituciones invitadas de Puerto Rico y estudiantes de instituciones internacionales en México y nuestra institución miembro de Colombia: la Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia. El evento comenzó con una cálida bienvenida de parte del Decano de la Facultad de la Facultad de Derecho de la UIPR y de la Directora Ejecutiva de HETS, la Dra. Yubelkys Montalvo, quienes saludaron a los estudiantes presentes y conectados. La Dra. Montalvo también reconoció ...
  • We are thrilled to start the first edition of the HETS Learning Technologies Leadership Academy (H-LTLA)!We are thrilled to start the first edition of the HETS Learning Technologies Leadership Academy (H-LTLA)!
    The HETS Learning Technologies Leadership Academy (H-LTLA) is a professional development program focused on developing the next generation of leaders to serve at Hispanic Serving Institutions. Starting from August 3 to 6, this first edition will be in English through online synchronous conferences with expert resources. In this first edition of the HETS Academy, 13 candidates were selected from institutions like EDP University, Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, California State University San Bernardino, Bronx Community College, Louisiana Community, and Technical College System, Broward International University, and Universidad Iberoamericana (UNINI). The acceptance to the H-LTLA was a competitive application process. The Evaluation Committee members, composed of senior staff at HETS Member Institutions selected by the HETS Board of Directors, based on their expertise, validated their peers’ applications for the H-LTLA. Through this process, the evaluation committee chose the most competitive applications with compelling evidence that the candidates meet all the requirements to take full advantage of the Academy. Also, they created a participants group with diverse experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives. Finally, the HETS Academy Faculty is delighted and ready to help fill the gaps in the participant’s expertise and experience through synchronous presentations of eight different topics. Also, would like to announce that thanks to the great ...
  • HETS CELEBRATED ITS SUMMER BOARD MEETING WITH A RECORD ATTENDANCE OF 75% OF ITS MEMBERS REPRESENTATIVES CONNECTED VIRTUALLY.HETS CELEBRATED ITS SUMMER BOARD MEETING WITH A RECORD ATTENDANCE OF 75% OF ITS MEMBERS REPRESENTATIVES CONNECTED VIRTUALLY.
    With a record of attendance of 32 out of 43 presidents and representatives from our institutional members; HETS celebrated its Summer Board Meeting on June 28, 2021. This is the third time that Board Members attend a virtual meeting through the Zoom platform due to the pandemic. The Board meeting discussed the results of the academic year 2020-2021 and the fourth year of the Strategic Plan 2017-2021. This report showed positive results like the increase of the use of online resources, more webinars with new speakers, Student Leadership Showcases in English and Spanish, continue offering HETS online workshops, among others. Also, presented new projects for next semester like adopting the final stage of the Open Source of our peer reviewed HETS Online Journal and offering the first Edition of the HETS Learning Technologies Leadership Academy (H-LTLA). Among the initiatives shared with the Board, the HETS Executive Director and staff highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals based on the three strategic core areas: Access, Retention and Successful Completion, and Online Learning/ Technology Integration. These activities included online webinars ...
  • HETS Learning Technologies Leadership Academy (H-LTLA) announced that will start in August 2021HETS Learning Technologies Leadership Academy (H-LTLA) announced that will start in August 2021
    HETS announced its new professional development program called: Learning Technologies Leadership Academy (H-LTLA), starting in August 2021, focusing on developing the next generation of leaders with a special emphasis on the challenges and opportunities present at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). As a pioneer organization in the use of technology in higher education with enormous expertise and resources, the HETS Chair, Dr. Carlos Morales, proposed to develop an Academia during the HETS Board of Director meeting held in February 2021 and was approved. As part of the virtual launch, Dr. Carlos Morales presented the program’s purpose, the format, the competencies, among other benefits of enrolling in the first edition of HETS Learning Technologies Leadership Academy (H-LTLA). Dr. Morales continued explaining the curriculum of the H-LTLA, which consists of synchronous presentations of eight different topics designed to provide competencies to prepare professionals to support their institutions and transform their organizations to be more resilient, flexible, and relevant. Also, the H-LTLA faculty had the opportunity to briefly explain their topics to the attendees, what to expect, and what will obtain during these synchronous presentations, scheduled from August 3 to 6, 2021. Click here to see recordings of H-LTLA faculty explaining their topics. After the curriculum presentation, HETS Executive Director, Dr. Yubelkys Montalvo ...
  • HETS proudly presents its Learning Technologies Leadership Academy to develop the next generation of leaders in Learning Technologies at HSI’sHETS proudly presents its Learning Technologies Leadership Academy to develop the next generation of leaders in Learning Technologies at HSI's
    HETS is delighted to present a new professional development program called: Learning Technologies Leadership Academy (H-LTLA), focused on developing the next generation of leaders with a special emphasis on the challenges and opportunities present at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). The Academy’s main goal is to provide the competencies to prepare professionals to advance their careers to the next level and pursue administrative or senior leadership roles. The H-LTLA format includes an online program scheduled to start on August 3 to 6, 2021 through the HETS Bb Collaborate platform. For four days, attendees will gain knowledge and skills through synchronous presentations offered by leaders in the higher education community.  The H-LTLA curriculum will be in English or Spanish and consists of topics related to Academic Technology, Online Learning, Instructional/ Curriculum Design, Teaching and Learning, Project Management, Accreditation, Professional Development, and Data for Digital Learning. The topics have been selected to prepare higher education leaders to understand how to transform their organizations so they can prepare and support their institutions to be more resilient, flexible, and relevant as they face an array of increasingly difficult challenges. Eligibility is open to individuals whose job is to promote and facilitate the adoption of teaching and learning technologies.  Acceptance to the H-LTLA is made through a competitive application process, drawn from all divisions ...

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