Summer 08 Board Meeting Confirms New Big Projects Envisioned for HETS

HETS June 2008 Board Meeting went far beyond a review of the recently concluded academic year and look at next steps. This active meeting, held at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York on June 19 and 20, gave an overview of the new ventures that HETS will be taking on this year.

HETS June 2008 Board Meeting went far beyond a review of the recently concluded academic year and look at next steps. This active meeting, held at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York last June 19 and 20, gave an overview of the new ventures that HETS will be taking on this year. With the participation of 19 Board members and Board designated representatives, corporate member organizations, and other key institutional representatives, this summer’s Board meeting was a manifestation of the essence of this Consortium: an interactive space to envision new developments and propose new ways of advancing members’ missions toward student success.

Some of the most significant results of this meeting were the official approval and designation of a HETS Regional office in New York, the first of its kind, and the creation of the first ever educational review journal. Dr. Eduardo Marti, President the Queensborough Community College, shared his interest and willingness to host the HETS New York office, at his institution’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. HETS presence in New York will help serve the particular needs of the noteworthy number of members located in this state and vicinity areas.

It is important to note as well that, during this meeting, the leader of the HETS Technology Task Force took the opportunity to present the results of this year’s HETS Members’ Technology Assessment. This discussion led to the suggestion of three unique potential areas of development that will certainly turn into opportunities for HETS members. As shared by HETS Board Chair, Mr. José F. Méndez, this survey demonstrates “the ability of HETS to put together the strength of 29 institutions and transforming them into direct relevant services for the educational community and outstanding networking opportunities with other institutions and service providers.”

New members were also officially introduced and both accomplishments and goals for the next year were thoroughly discussed. In addition to this, the HETS Board Officers were nominated for a new two-year term, appointing Mr. José F. Méndez (Ana G. Méndez University System), as President; Dr. Antonio Pérez (Borough of Manhattan Community College), as Vice-President, Prof. Nilda Nadal (Universidad Central de Bayamón), as Secretary; and Esq. Manuel J. Fernós (Inter American University of Puerto Rico), as Treasurer.

Other key discussions included the commemoration of HETS 15th Anniversary next January in San Juan, Puerto Rico and the celebration of the HETS Best Practices Showcase event in 2010. The next Board meeting was agreed to take place on January 15 and 16, 2009 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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