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HETS offerings for Fall semester to support its members locally, nationally, and internationally.

This Fall semester, HETS commitment will be to continue providing support and services to its member institutions and academic communities, locally, nationally, and international challenged to offer their courses remotely in this academic scenario. This requires training and skills that allow in these environments to achieve equal results or the same objectives that are achieved in face-to-face courses. As a pioneer organization in the use of technology in higher education with enormous expertise and services ready to be used by our academic communities, HETS announces its offering for the Fall semester that includes the following:

  • Free webinars with HETS Student Ambassadors to promote services free of charge at the Student Placita in the HETS Virtual Plaza, and expert resources in topics like leadership, entrepreneurship, job search, among others.
  • Virtual Student Leadership Showcases in Spanish and English for PR, Latin America, and the US, to reinforce student leadership skills and promote HETS services and tools free of charge for them.
  • More than 10 webinars in Spanish and webinars in English regarding Distance Learning and related topics to support faculty and administrators on this new modality.
  • A Fall Issue, Volume XI of the HETS Online Journal to share articles that offer insights and suggestions that are pertinent to our current environment.

Besides these offerings during this semester, HETS services include tutorials in Spanish and English on how to use technology and access to the HETS Student Placita. Also, access to recordings of pasts free virtual events and webinars, in English and Spanish, focusing on distance learning, which is crucial and valuable in our new academic reality. Likewise, access to more than 100 peer-reviewed articles at the HETS Online Journal, sharing best practices regarding the use of technology for teaching and learning.

We invite you to click on the links to benefit from these services and help us promote it among your colleagues, students, and anyone you estimate pertinent. For additional information, email to  or call the Executive Director’s cellular phone (787) 616-3201. Also, follow HETS as hestorg on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for the latest news regarding its events and services.

HETS Virtual Events

As a result of the crisis caused by Covid-19, HETS as part of its focus and mission, has been providing special support to member institutions in PR, USA and Latin America. To this end, webinars and virtual events have been coordinated, free of charge, through Blackboard Collaborate or other online platforms such as: Zoom, on topics related to the integration of technology in education .


Virtual Event- President’s Panel: Institutional Experiences and Protocols during the covid-19 pandemic and the future of Higher Education (watch here the recording)



Brief description: 

This virtual event held on June 26, 2020, was a panel of Presidents from different member institutions in Puerto Rico, United States of America, and Latin America, moderated by President Carlos Morales. These Presidents shared their expertise and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and what they think will be the future of Higher Education. The panel included representation of presidents from a community college, a 4-year college public and private and one International institution of learning about their vision based on their academic community and student population. The moderator, Dr. Carlos Morales, guided the discussion and the Q & A session with participants.

To obtain a certificate of participation:
 it must be requested by email to within seven days after the event. Please include on your petition email your full name, the date, and the title of the webinar. Certificates will only be sent to those who meet these requirements

Access to watch the videos of the presentations from the 2020 Best Practices Showcase

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: Thank you for your support to HETS and it’s Best Practices Showcase initiative.

In a special collaboration with HACU, the Volume X of the HETS Online Journal has been published

Dr. Carlos Vargas, HETS Chair

We are delighted to highlight the publication of the Fall Issue, Volume X, of the HETS Online Journal. This is a peer review journal that started on year 2010, with issues published every semester. The HETS journal addresses relevant topics impacting technology and Hispanic Students, including student retention and assessment, and the very important topic of student access. As our Chair, Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto said on his message: “the Fall 2019 issue is a special collaborative effort between HETS and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). This collaborative issue highlights the organizations’ shared mission: to facilitate the success of Hispanic students in higher education.”

Dr. Antonio Flores, HACU President & CEO

As a result of this strategic collaboration and team effort, we appreciate Dr, Antonio Flores, president & CEO of HACU comments: “we are particularly thrilled to see faculty and administrators at HACU-member institutions represented among the authors in this edition. The HETS Journal maintains an important role in the world of academic publishing in higher education. I trust you will find this issue to be a useful resource as we collectively work to serve the 3.6 million Hispanic students enrolled in colleges and universities across the country.”

We would like to recognize Dr. Luis Cifuentes, Vice President of Research and Dean of the Graduate School at New Mexico State University, who represented HACU as invited editor, and two invited reviewers on this issue; Dr. Marielly Galarza, Dr. Barbara Flores. Likewise, our sincere gratitude to editor in Chief, Pamela Vargas, and members of the Editorial Board: Dr. Ana Milena Lucumi, Mr. Sunil Gupta, Dr. Manuel Correa, Dr. Carlos Morales, Mr. Carlos Guevara, Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez, Prof. Pura Centeno for once again, accepting the challenge of reviewing and selecting the articles among the many impressive submissions received.

We encourage you to forward the link to HETS Online Journal with your colleagues. In addition, we invite you to consider submitting an article to share your knowledge and experience in any of these areas impacting higher education. The deadline to submit your articles for the Spring Issue is March 27, 2020. Click here to download the guidelines to submit your article. Your submission should be an original work either in English or Spanish and need to be sent to the HETS office via e-mail to:

Through publications such as the HETS Online Journal, which is included in EBSCO Publishing’s databases, we can share the latest and best information with others in higher education. For more information about the HETS Online Journal, please contact the HETS office at (787) 250-1912 or via email:

Conoce nuestros recursos expertos y como sacar el máximo de sus talleres!

Este evento libre costo, se llevará a cabo el viernes, 6 de septiembre de 2019, en el salón multiusos #3 de la Oficina Central del Sistema UIPR. El objetivo principal de este evento, es  tener la oportunidad de compartir con nuestros recursos expertos, que ofrecerán sus talleres durante el año 2019-2020 y prepararles para completarlo satisfactoriamente. El evento se convalidará como una actividad del taller para los que se registren y lo completen en línea.

¿Cuándo?: viernes, 6 de septiembre de 2019

¿Hora?: 9:30 am- 11:30 am (Registro abierto de 9:00 hasta las 9:30 am)

¿Lugar?: Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Oficina Central del Sistema (Salón Multiusos #3- primer piso), ubicada en la Calle Galileo Final 399, Urb. Jardines Metropolitanos, Río Piedras, PR, 00926. Para obtener instrucciones para llegar, utilizando Google Maps visite el siguiente enlace: En caso de necesitar asistencia para llegar el día del evento, puede comunicarse al cuadro de la Oficina Central del Sistema al 787-766-1912.

¿Costo?: Completamente gratis


¡REGISTRO libre de costo!
Reserve su espacio para el evento
Conoce nuestros recursos expertos y sus talleres
completando esta forma:

Agenda (sujeta a cambios):

9:00 – 9:30 am    Registro y refrigerios

9:31 – 9:40 am  Saludos, Bienvenida y Presentación de la Consultora de Servicios de Facultad HETS
Yubelkys Montalvo, Directora Ejecutiva de HETS y Dra. Rosa Ojeda

9:41 – 10:00 am Presentación del taller presencial: Blended Learning: Una forma diferente y única de enseñanza.
Prof. Iliana Ballester

10:01 – 10:20 am Presentación del taller presencial: Nuevos Medios Digitales.
Dr. Antonio Vantaggiato

10:21 – 10:40 am Presentación del taller presencial: Assessment de Programas y Cursos en Línea.
Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez Alicea

10:41- 11:10 am Presentación de los talleres en línea:

Mejores Prácticas para la Retención en Línea: Elementos básicos de un diseño instruccional efectivo.
Dra. Ana Milena Lucumi

Competencias Digitales e Informacionales con los Nativos Digitales.
Prof. Purísima Centeno

11:11 – 11:30 am Sesión de preguntas y respuestas; Evaluación y Clausura de la actividad
Yubelkys Montalvo, Directora Ejecutiva de HETS



Visite el siguiente enlace: Talleres en línea HETS, para más detalles sobre los requisitos técnicos para tomarlos. Por otra parte si desea conocer más sobre los talleres presenciales visite: Talleres presenciales HETS.  Aun tenemos varios espacios disponibles para registrarse en nuestros talleres y también para participar de este evento libre de costo. Para mas detalles puede comunicarse a nuestra oficina al 787-250-1912 extensiones 2372, 2373 o via email a:

HETS Leadership Perspective Series

Officers of the HETS Board of Directors, constituted by the presidents or designated representatives of each member institution, were interviewed to learn their perspective about the impact of HETS membership on their institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this HETS Leadership Perspectives series, interviews in Spanish and English are available with HETS Chair, Dr. Carlos Vargas, President of Southeast Missouri State University, and Vice Chair Dr. Carlos Morales, President Tarrant County College Connect Campus. HETS also conducted interviews in Spanish with Manuel J. Fernós, President of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, HETS Treasurer and one of HETS’s first officers, and Eng. Gladys Nieves, President of EDP University of Puerto Rico, HETS Secretary.



During these interviews, HETS Officers agreed that services provided during the COVID-19 pandemic, including tutorials on how to use technology and access online services, peer reviewed articles sharing best practices and free webinars about distance learning were essential and valuable in this new academic scenario. As a result of the pandemic, officers visualize HETS present and future most important and essential than ever, as a pioneer organization in the use of technology in higher education with enormous expertise and services ready to use.

Interviewed HETS officers also spoke about their institutions, the students they serve, types of programs and modalities they offer. These presidents also shared important information about their relationship with HETS and highlighted multiple services that result in great returning on investment of its membership, like the online student support services available at the Student Placita, the professional development training and events for faculty and administrators, and the networking opportunities with other institutions during the board meetings and events. To conclude, presidents invited other institutions to benefit from HETS as a unique organization that fosters Hispanic/Latino student success in Higher Education through the strategic integration of technology.

Update on HETS services offered due to COVID-19

Following the guidelines of the HETS Treasurer and President of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico (our host institution), Manuel J. Fernós, Esq., since March 16 we have been working remote to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and support the academic community in this new scenario. Consequently, HETS staff were totally committed to continue offering our services that includes the following (click on the links to learn more):

  • A total of 23 tutorials in Spanish and English were recorded with HETS Ambassadors students and published to promote services free of charge at the Student Placita in the HETS Virtual Plaza.
  • Two Student Leadership Showcase Tour Online were held on May 1 and 8, 2020 trough Zoom to more than 500 students to reinforce their leadership skills and promote HETS services and tools totally free of charge for them.
  • A total of 10 webinars in Spanish and 4 webinars in English regarding Distance Learning were offered to more than 4,000 participants to support faculty and administrators on this new modality.
  • The Spring Issue, Volume X of the HETS Online Journal was published with nine (9) articles that offer insights and suggestions that are pertinent to our current environment.
  • Coordinated interviews with our Corporate Partners like: Inter Staff, Inc., Blackboard, COBIMET to strengthen our collaboration and promote their benefits and services.

Again, we invite you to click on the links to benefit from these services and help us promote it among your colleagues, students and anyone you estimate pertinent. If you need any additional information, send us an email to  or calling to the Executive Director’s cellular phone (787) 616-3201. In addition, you can follow us our social media, like Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for the latest news regarding HETS. Hope we can get back soon to serve you as usual! But now, our main interest is for all our constituencies and general community to be safe.

On its sixth edition, the 2020 Best Practices Showcase gathered more than 25 Institutions from Puerto Rico, Latin America, and United States in San Juan.

A sixth edition of the HETS Best Practices Showcase was held in Puerto Rico, bringing together more than 25 of its member institutions. This event took place in January 16 and January 17, 2020 at the Law School of the Inter American University in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and allowed the Consortium to share innovative projects and best practices. More than 100 attendees from Puerto Rico, Latin America, and United States took advantage of the presentations shared by different Higher Education institutions.

This year, the Conference featured local and national speakers and showcased more than 20 best practices in the tracks of Access, Retention, and Online Learning and Technology Integration. The conference opened with a Plenary session by Dr. Peter Shea, Associate Provost for Online Learning, University at Albany. Dr. Shea addressed to attendees about Best Practices for a promising future of (online) learning in the age of AI and automation. In addition, this year as part of the Conference’s program best practices were shared with attendees related to better serving Distance Learning Students, transfer process, retention, hybrid programs, culture of Hispanic STEM Success, access tools for Hispanic-Latino students, and technologies to enhance students’ engagement and success (such as Google Classroom, e portfolios) among others. The videos of all presentations will be available soon at the event page in our website and also at the HETS You Tube Channel.

Also, during the conference was showcased the track winner’s panel, moderated by HETS Vice Chair, Dr. Carlos Morales (TCC Connect Campus of Tarrant County College) in which he presented those who achieved the highest scores on their presentation proposals per track. Dr. Michael Hutmaker from Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) participated as the winner of the retention track, and Dr. Rolando J. Méndez, from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, winner of the Online Learning and Technology Integration track. The Access track winners; Ms. Laurie Austin, Ms. Deira Pereyra, and Ms. Lisa Moalem, from Lehman College (CUNY) were also the Overall Conference winners obtaining the best score all around. As a value added to participants, Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez and a group of doctorate students of the University of Puerto Rico, presented the latest results of an ongoing research about theory and practice of online education in Puerto Rico.

Concurrent with the Best Practices Showcase, the HETS Board of Directors held their Winter meeting in which the results of the first semester of academic year 2019-2020 were discussed. Among the news shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as: tailored workshop offerings both online and face to face; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza and HETS Website. Also, the result of our main student event the HETS Student Leadership Showcases was presented. Board members were informed by several Student Ambassadors who talked about the initiatives performed at their institutions and how this program had helped them grow as leaders. Board members also welcomed representatives from new members such as Metropolitan Community College (Kansas), and Louisiana Community and Technical College System. During the second day of meeting the Board held a corporate session with current HETS partners like COBIMET and ETS, who also welcomed PR Top Level Domain as new partner.

HETS would like to recognize the valuable collaboration of Mr. Manuel Fernós, Esq., HETS Treasurer and UIPR President, and Dr. Julio Fontanet, Chancellor of the Law School, and his attentive staff for hosting and made possible the success of this event while making everyone felt like home. Moreover, we will like to express our gratitude to PR Top Level Domain for their sponsorship and making the closing reception of our Best Practices Showcase a memorable one with the music of Pleneros and a cultural show. For more information about this event, access the Conference webpage on this website, call the HETS Office at 787- 250-1912, extensions 2372 and 2373, or send an email to

Por sexto año consecutivo, se celebra el HETS Student Leadership Showcase con casa llena.

Más de 740 estudiantes llenaron el Teatro para participar de la 6ta edición del HETS Student Leadership Showcase el viernes, 13 de septiembre de 2019 en el Recinto Metropolitano de la Universidad Interamericana en Cupey. Como en eventos anteriores, tuvimos estudiantes de las instituciones afiliadas en Puerto Rico: American University, Atenas College, Universidad Carlos Albizu, Colegio Universitario de San Juan, EDP University, National University College, ICPR Junior College, Universidad Central del Caribe, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Ponce Health Science University, Universidad Ana G. Méndez los anfitriones la Universidad Interamericana de PR. Además, participaron invitados de instituciones invitadas como la Universidad Politécnica de PR y la Pontificia Universidad Católica de PR y por primera vez participaron estudiantes de la Escuela Laboratorio de la UIPR, CEDIN.

Nuevos miembros, Comité Asesor HETS

Con una agenda muy variada, el evento comenzó cuando el animador y miembro del Comité Asesor de Estudiantes de HETS, el Prof. Albert Troche, quien brindó una cálida bienvenida a los asistentes. A este saludo se unió la Rectora del Recinto Metro, la Profa. Marilina Wayland y la Directora Ejecutiva de HETS, la Sra. Yubelkys Montalvo, quien presentó dos nuevos miembros del Comité Asesor y reconoció la presencia de otros miembros en el público. HETS creó el Comité Asesor de Estudiantes con el fin de ayudar a coordinar eventos futuros y a identificar los intereses y necesidades de este grupo para colaborar en la búsqueda de soluciones y servicios que los apoyen. Acceda aquí los videos del evento.

Estudiantes Embajadores de HETS

También, la Sra. Montalvo presentó los nuevos estudiantes Embajadores de HETS, que comenzaron este año académico y se reconoció la presencia de los estudiantes embajadores del año pasado que siguen sus funciones este año. Montalvo añadió que “estamos complacidos de que el Programa de Embajadores continúe con más de 20 estudiantes, quienes recibirán una ayuda económica para promover los servicios entre sus pares en sus instituciones. Esto como resultado del donativo recibido de la Fundación Francisco Carvajal.”

Equipo ENACTUS, UAGM Cupey

Luego de los saludos, la agenda del evento comenzó con la sección que ha sido constante en los eventos Student Leadership Showcase: la presentación de proyectos innovadores de estudiantes de las instituciones miembros de HETS. Inmediatamente, los estudiantes del Equipo ENACTUS de la Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Recinto de Cupey tomaron el escenario para presentar el proyecto; ¡Cataño Vive! Este proyecto les ha hecho ganadores de diversos premios como: 1er Lugar Liga de Desarrollo Competencia Nacional 2019 y semifinalistas en la competencia nacional, entre otros.

Juan L. Negrón

Continuando con la agenda del evento, subió al escenario el orador principal del evento, Juan Leonardo Negrón, director del Programas y Asuntos Externos del Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) en Washington, DC. Negrón, quien ha sido reconocido como uno de los 30 líderes globales menores de 30 años por la revista Forbes, durante su 30 under 30 Global Summit en Israel; habló a los estudiantes sobre las oportunidades que pueden desprenderse de su desempeño como ciudadanos globales en su charla: Connecting you the real world: How to become a Global Leader?

Trivia HETS

La agenda continuó con la charla de la Sra. Cristina Hunter de Popular at Work, sobre la importancia del buen manejo de sus finanzas a los asistentes en su ponencia Principios Financieros. Luego, la Dra. Karen Rivera, Consultora en asuntos estudiantiles de HETS, dirigió una breve dinámica entre varios estudiantes quienes compitieron en vivo en una trivia interactiva para conocer quién de ellos tenía mayor conocimiento de los servicios de HETS y las herramientas libres de costo que tienen accesible a través de la Plaza Virtual de HETS y sus bases de datos TERC y Career Transitions.

Dr. Gabriel Paizy

Luego de la trivia de servicios de HETS, el Dr. Gabriel Paizy compartió con los presentes varias herramientas sobre el poder de las palabras y cómo utilizarlas efectivamente con su acostumbrada habilidad y perspicacia. El Dr. Paizy es director de la Escuela de Comunicación Ferré Rangel de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, creador del movimiento En Buen Español y es un activo colaborador de HETS.

Concluidas las presentaciones en el Teatro, se realizaron rifas de regalos cortesía de nuestros auspiciadores y se solicitó a los participantes completar la hoja de evaluación del evento. Para último, la Directora Ejecutiva de HETS, Yubelkys Montalvo reconoció la colaboración de nuestros anfitriones y colaboradores que nos han apoyado durante los últimos seis años para el éxito de este evento que celebra el liderazgo estudiantil entre nuestras instituciones miembros. Además, se presentaron los auspiciadores del evento: Inter Metro, Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, Educational Testing Services (ETS), Claro de PR, Cape Air, Café Yaucono, Coca Cola, Costco, Frito Lays, Hotel Intercontinental, Hotel Caribe Hilton, United Airlines, Fourth Brain, International Restaurants y Office Max. A la salida del Teatro, los participantes disfrutaron del almuerzo. Para más información sobre HETS y sus servicios puede comunicarse vía correo electrónico a, o llamando al (787) 250-1912 exts. 2373 / 2372.

HETS Board Members visited the west coast for the first time to celebrate their meeting which closes academic year 2018-2019.

For the first time, the HETS summer Board of Directors meeting was held June 20 and 21, 2019 in San Marcos, CA, hosted by California State University, San Marcos. This Board meeting ends academic year 2018-2019, an intense year for

Dr. Karen Haynes, President CSU San Marcos

the organization and its members, presenting second year results of the Strategic Plan executed successfully in its second year.

The strategic plan framework corresponding to years 2017-2020 is an extension of previous one, and it’s focused on core areas of access, retention and successful completion, and online learning / technology integration. Hosts, President Dr. Karen Haynes, and Dr. Lorena Checa, from CSUSM greeted all attendees and opened the meeting sessions after their cordial welcome messages.

Board Members at The McMahan House, CSUSM

Among the news shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as: tailored workshop offerings both online and face to face; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza and HETS Website. Also, the results of our main events the HETS Virtual Best Practices Showcase, Student Leadership Showcases and Tours were presented. Board members were informed about the alliance between HETS and HACU for the publication of the Online Journal during the fall of 2019. Moreover, the final page our newest service, Student Passport was presented officially to the Board during the first day of meeting.

Board members also welcomed representatives from new members such as Ponce Health Science University. During the second day of meeting the Board held a corporate session with current HETS partners like Instructure, and also welcomed COBIMET as new partner.

As part of the Board meeting agenda, HETS celebrated the Special Event: Best Practices, The Cougar Care Network. The Cougar Care Network is an early support initiative to improve student success, retention and persistence. This event was transmitted via live stream and its recording will be accessible soon on the HETS YouTube channel (access here the presentation handout).

HETS would like to extend its special thanks to President Karen Haynes; Dr. Lorena Checa, Vice President for Student Affairs, and all their staff at CSUSM for hosting these events at their facilities. For more information about HETS services, please visit, contact us via email or just call us at (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372/ 2373.

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