HETS is pleased to announce that the videos of it’s 2020 Best Practices Showcase, Celebrating Technology Innovation for Hispanic Success in Higher Education, are available at our web page. Visit the Conference Schedule section of the event page and access the links to watch the videos. A playlist with all videos is available at our YouTube channel, you can access it here: 2020 BPS video playlist.
Celebrated January 16 and 17, 2020 the HETS Best Practices Showcase highlighted the outstanding work of its member institutions focused on three main tracks: Access, Retention, and Online Learning and Technology Integration in Higher Education. During this year, several presenters excused themselves from the Conference due to the earthquakes emergency and those videos are not available to watch. However, you can also learn more about the best practices by accessing correspondent title on the schedule page. We would like to recognize the collaboration of HETS member institutions, whose experts showcased their best practices to support Hispanic student population and finding ways to provide a space for member institution to share this expertise. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information at 787-250-1912, ext. 2372, 2373 or via e-mail: email@example.com. Thank you for your support to HETS and it’s Best Practices Showcase initiative.
The HETS winter Board of Directors meeting and several concurrent activities, were held with full house on February 7 and 8, 2019 in Puerto Rico, hosted by the Ana G. Méndez University, Gurabo Campus. This Board meeting started academic year 2018-2019, an intense year for the organization and its members, as it embarked on the implementation of recently Strategic Plan approved and presenting the first semester of its second year results on this meeting.
The strategic plan framework corresponding to years 2017-2020 is an extension of the previous one, and its focused on core areas of access, retention and successful completion, and online learning / technology integration. Among the news shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as: tailored workshop offerings either online and new ones face to face; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza and HETS Website. Also, the results of our main initiatives and events were presented like HETS online Journal, HETS Virtual Best Practices Showcase and Student Leadership Showcases in PR, and the Student Ambassadors program to promote with their peers the tools and resources free of charge available for them at the Student Placita of the HETS Virtual Plaza.
One of the activities held during the afternoon of the first day of HETS Board meeting, was the Opening Session of the Virtual Best Practices Showcase. The Virtual Best Practices Showcase open with a panel presentation focused on the conference main tracks. HETS members were invited to participate of the live transmission of the Opening Session, held on February 7, 2019. The panel presentation topic was about: Leveraging Partnerships to Support Student Access, Learning, and Success, and all speakers were from Southeast Missouri State University including: Dr. Deborah Below, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success; Dr. Alberto Dávila, Dean of Harrison College of Business and Computing; and Professor of Economics; Dr. Debbie Lee- Distefano, Professor of Spanish in the Department of Communication Studies and Modern Languages; and Ms. Rhonda Weller-Stilson, Dean of the Holland College of Arts and Media.
Another activity concurrent with the first day of the Board meeting, was the student ambassadors meeting with attendees from PR, USA and International. The student’s ambassadors participated of a two day meeting full of activities, including a workshop at Colegio Universitario de San Juan, a special lunch at EDP University, and a tour at Old San Juan which included a stop for refreshments at Carlos Albizu University. A total of 16 ambassadors from Puerto Rico, six from USA, and one from Colombia participated of the meeting.
During the second day of the Board meeting, student ambassadors were invited to present to the Board, the efforts made at their campuses. Four Ambassadors from Puerto Rico, presented their activities, and a video with photos of the activities held by the rest of the Puerto Rico ambassadors were shared. Students invited from USA and Colombia, actively participated on the discussion held regarding these efforts, and shared their experience during the first day of their meeting.
Board members also welcomed representatives from new members such as Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia. During the second day of meeting the Board held a corporate session with current HETS partners like Blackboard and Interstaff, Inc, and also welcomed its newest partner, Instructure, Inc.
Board Members closed the meeting with the HETS 25th Anniversary celebration. As part of this important event; Chancellor David Méndez welcomed the participants and special guests to the Chancellor’s house to have this celebration, and read a very special message sent by the former President of AGMU, and Founding Member of HETS, Dr. José F. Méndez. HETS Executive Director presented special recognitions to several board members, who received a commemorative plaque to acknowledged their different roles at the organization such as: Board Official, Host Institution, and Events Host. Other collaborators were recognized with other awards including: Expert Resource Member Award, HETS Online Journal Chief Editor and Online Journal Reviewer Award.
After the recognitions, Board Members and, special guests’ attendees enjoyed a toast sponsored by Mr. Randy Richards, President of Inter Staff Inc., one of HETS Corporate Partners. During the luncheon, the invitees enjoyed a musical participation of the Tuna Taíno from students from AGMU, Gurabo Campus. To close the ceremony, the 25 Anniversary cake was cut by members of the HETS Executive Committee and its Executive Director.
HETS would like to extend its special thanks to President José Méndez Méndez, Chancellor David Méndez, Sara Vega, Ivette Guzmán, and all their staff at Ana G. Méndez University, Gurabo Campus for hosting these events at their facilities. Also, HETS would like to thank Chancellor Pahedra Gelpi, and her staff from Colegio Universitario de San Juan; Dean of students, Carmen Rivera from Carlos Albizu University and her staff; and Eng. Gladys Nieves, President of EDP University and her staff, for their support on the logistics coordination, including workshop facilities, technical equipment, live transmissions, refreshments, lunch, and ground transportation.
For more information about HETS services, please visit www.hets.org, contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or just call us at (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372/ 2373.
HETS Board Members had their winter meeting in San Juan, PR at the UIPR, Metro Campus.
The HETS Board of Directors winter session was successfully celebrated in San Juan, PR concurrent with the 2018 Best Practices Showcase. Representatives of more than 25 member institutions from Puerto Rico, New York, Texas, Missouri, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and California were present at the meeting and agreed on the priority activities for the next semester. These events were held and hosted by the Metropolitan Campus of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, in San Juan.
The first session of the Board meeting took place on Thursday February 1st, 2018. During the first session, HETS Executive Director, Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo presented the organization’s status report and efforts to continue with planned activities and services despite the difficult circumstances and Hurricane María aftermath. Among the exiting news shared with the Board of Directors, one was the fact that seven new members join HETS.
Eastern Connecticut State University’s was welcomed as a new member. Dr. Carmen Cid, ECSU representative received the certificate.
Two of them, Eastern Connecticut State University and Houston Community College, were present and welcomed as new institutional members. Some of the efforts reported for the first half of this academic year, includes the continuation of tailored online workshop offerings, additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza, Online Resources, and strategic alliances. In addition, members of HETS Student Committee and HETS Student Affairs consultant had the opportunity to present the results of the 2017 Student Leadership Showcase event. Also, a representative group of HETS Ambassador Students were introduced to the Board
HETS Ambassador exposed to Board Members the project’s scope and purpose.
Members and were invited to made a brief presentation and share their experiences.
Besides allowing the discussion of the key accomplishments of the organization during the first half of the 2017-2018 academic year, this meeting was crucial in the open discussion of the progress on the approved Strategic Plan of the organization from 2018 through 2020 that focus on Access, Retention and successful Completion, and Online Learning / Technology Integration. The Board also selected its Nomination Committee as elections for new officers’ approaches on June’s meeting.
A second Board session was held on February 2nd, to discuss initiatives and future plans between HETS Board members and its Corporate Partners. Board members also had the chance to network and exchange thoughts with representatives from corporate members, who participated in the corporate session. Also QS and Intelligence Unit, and Completion College Consortium were invited to present and explore possible ways to collaborate as corporate partners.
During the winter meeting, the HETS Annual Report was shared and distributed among Board Members and special guests attending this important gathering. Click here to access the PDF version of the HETS Annual Report for 2016-17 for your information and review. We look forward to continuing strengthening HETS initiatives this year to foster a greater collaboration among all of our members, affiliates and widen our partnerships with other organizations. For more information about HETS projects, please contact the HETS office at 787-250-1912 exts. 2372, 2373, or send an email to: email@example.com.
For 24 years of service, HETS has been promoting its services to enhance student’s success and opportunities in Higher Education. To complement and strengthen this efforts, HETS hired Ms. Yarielid Torres as Administrative Coordinator. We feel incredibly grateful to welcome Yarielid to our family!
Ms. Torres Marrero is a student at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Metro Campus currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in History Education. Passionate about helping others and traveling, she demonstrates her leadership by being member of several organizations, including the Student Council at her University; a tool that has helped her develop and become a helping hand. On this new path she hopes to continue being a great example and inspire others to follow their dreams, along to help us comply with HETS mission.
We are confident that our member institutions will help us feel Yarielid as part of our familia and that she will be an addition to achieving our goal of offering you quality services and continue moving forward to the accomplishment of our mission. To contact the HETS office feel free to send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling to the HETS office at 787-250-1912 extensions 2372 or 2373.