HETS Board of Directors meeting, June 2015 at Fiterman Hall, BMCC, NYC.
The HETS summer Board of Directors meeting was held June 29 and 30, 2015 in New York, NY. The meeting took place at Fiterman Hall, hosted by Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). We were delighted to welcome representatives from 26 of our 45 institutional members, including some of our 12 new members’ institutions from California, New York, New Jersey and Texas and two new corporate members. This Board meeting closes academic year 2014-2015, a very exciting year for the organization and its members, as it completed numerous new projects as part of our strategic plan approved that focus on access, retention and assessment.
Part of the HETS Executive Committee and Corporate Members from Grupo Parada, Educational Testing Services, Rosetta Stone and Transworld Systems, Inc.
Among the news HETS shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as: tailored online workshop offerings; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza, redesign and new appearance of the HETS Online Journal and also the results of the recently celebrated HETS Leadership Showcase in NY and the Student Leadership Tour in PR in which members of the Student Committee, presented and demonstrated to participants some of the tools and resources free of charge available for them at the Virtual Plaza. Board of Directors agreed to appoint Eng. Gladys Nieves, President, EDP University to continue as HETS Secretary until next year elections due to the retirement of Dr. Dario Cortés. They also approved the appointments of new Regional Representatives as follows: for the East, Dr. Antonio Perez, President, BMCC; and for the West region Dr. Lorena Meza, Vice President, Student Affairs, California State University, San Marcos. Board members also welcomed representatives from new members; Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, California State University in Long Beach and San Marcos, Houston Community College, Cumberland County College, NOVA Southeastern University in San Juan, Columbia Central University and corporates members Rosetta Stone and Trasnworld Systems, Inc. In addition, they had the chance to network and exchange thoughts with representatives from other corporate members, who also participated in the corporate session.
Concurrent with the Board meeting, HETS celebrated the Student Services Event for Student Affairs and IT Directors from member’s institutions. This event was transmitted live via livestream and the video will be soon available at the HETS You tube channel to benefit of the relevant discussion during this event. For more information about HETS services, please visit www.hets.org, contact us via email email@example.com or just call us at (787) 766-2600 exts. 8910/ 8911.
Concurrent with its Summer Board of Directors Meeting, HETS celebrated on June, 29 2015, the Student Support Services Event in New York City at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Participants from Bergen Community College, Berkeley College, College of Staten Island, Hostos Community College, LaGuardia Community College, Lehman College, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, Inter American University of PR in Puerto Rico and NY, Cumberland County College and Borough of Manhattan Community College took advantage of this event and collaborated in a very deep and interesting discussion regarding HETS free of charge services available for students through our Virtual Plaza portal.
The main purpose of this event was to identify and share strategies in using HETS Student Support Services to increase access and retention, and explore additional ways to collaborate through HETS on how to maximize the use of the Testing and Education Reference Center and Career Transitions tools to evidence success, retention, and college completion; Maximize the use of the E-Writing Modules, Financial Aid and Internships to complement HETS member services to increase retention among Hispanics; Identify new resources you would like to receive from HETS; Maximize the use of Bilingual Entrepreneurship Courses, STEM and Student Readiness resources to increase student motivation and engagement in the online and face to face environments and ITs recommendations to make services more accessible to students at HETS member institutions. These sessions were directed by Ms. Yelixa Castro, HETS Executive Assistant and Public Relations Coordinator, who also presented several of HETS student services available free of charge accessible from the HETS Virtual Plaza.
The event closed with a brief presentation of the discussion results and recommendations to the HETS Board of Directors which allowed HETS to learn more about student interests and needs and the best ways to create additional support services for them and our member institutions. HETS would like to recognize BMCC’s staff that helped with the setup of their outstanding facilities at Fiterman Hall and the live transmission and recording of the event. To watch the recording of this event click here. For more information about HETS services, please visit http://hets.org/, or contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or just call us at (787) 766-2600 exts. 8910 / 8911.
What: Student Support Services Event
When: June 29, 2015
Where: Room 1304 Fitterman Hall, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York
Time: 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Cost: Free of charge! But spaces are limited, reserve yours today!
Who should attend: Deans or Vice Presidents of Student Affairs, and Directors of Vice Presidents of Information Technology from HETS member institutions