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Update on HETS services offered due to COVID-19

Greetings, and we hope you are doing fine. 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.

Honoring the memory of a visionary man: José María Antón, Virtual Educa’s General Secretariat.

From left to right: Yubelkys Montalvo, Manuel J. Fernós, José María Antón, Suleira Quiñonez during the Collaboration Agreement signed between HETS and Virtual Educa on February 2019

We regret to share that Virtual Educa’s General Secretariat, José María Antón died of coronavirus on Saturday in Spain. The previous week he had tested positive for Covid-19 and entered intensive care and pass away last Saturday March 21st. We are deeply sad with his loss and would like to honor his memory and highlight his leadership and commitment with education. As a visionary man and exceptional professional, José María Antón always promoted programs and initiatives for innovation in Education, as basic mechanisms for sustainable development and social transformation, especially in the Americas Latin America and the Caribbean. His guidance and important role will be deeply missed, precisely in this new academic scenario that we are living now, that he was totally committed to.

As a very important partner, HETS will continue the collaboration with Virtual Educa signed on February 2019 (click here to learn more). This agreement allows us join efforts to develop projects that link entities from Latin American, Caribbean countries and with related agencies in other regions of the world. Although José María leadership will be enormously missed, we will follow his example and continue his legacy. We send our thoughts to his family, our colleagues from Virtual Educa and all the ones who had the opportunity to work with him or meet him. Rest in peace. To read the official news visit:




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:

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.

Experience our new service: Student Passport at

Thanks to the collaboration of HETS member institutions, we invite you to experience our new service: Student Passport. A special space has been dedicated on the website, that showcases a profile summary of HETS member institutions per states. The main objective of this section, is to provide useful information and guidance to students interested in finding a new academic destiny among our member institutions. The Student Passport page will help and support these students in the completion of this process. The design of the section on our website was developed taking into consideration the recommendations and needs of the admissions directors and staff of HETS member institutions, as part of a face to face event and several conference calls discussions.

To access this new section, click on the Student Passport menu at the homepage. Once in its landing page, you will find the logo and names of our member institutions organized by states in alphabetical order. Each logo is linked to its respective profile with relevant information, including their academic offerings, financial aid opportunities, transferring steps, and key contact information to assist them during the process (some of them, fully bilingual). In addition, students will find an online request for more information for students to select the institutions they are interested in. Requests can be received by the HETS office and, in those cases, will be referring them to the correspondent institutions.

This new service will be promoted by HETS staff, student services consultant, and student ambassadors among their campuses. Also, it can be accessible worldwide through the webpages, and HETS social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and YouTube. We invite you to access this service and help us promote it to support students during their transferring process.

Finally, this new initiative is part of the strategic plan framework corresponding to years 2017-2020 focused on core areas of access, retention and successful completion, and online learning / technology integration. For more information about this and other HETS services, please visit, contact us via email or just call (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372/ 2373.

HETS services available online to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Greetings, and we hope you are doing fine. HETS Treasurer and President of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico (our host institution), Manuel J. Fernós, Esq. has decreed an academic and administrative recess, for all its academic units and academies, from Monday, March 16 until further notice with the objective of protecting the health and well-being of the university community. This is also in support of the call of the Governor of Puerto Rico to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, HETS office will be closed until further notice, however you may still contact us sending 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 or Facebook 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.

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.

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.

HACU and HETS to partner on special edition online journal focused on Hispanic-Serving Institutions.

(Left) HACU President Antonio R. Flores and (Right) Agnes Mojica, Chancellor, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San Germán present Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Lic. Manuel J. Fernós with a token of appreciation at HACU’s International Conference.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and HETS have announced their collaboration on a special edition of an online journal focused on Hispanic-Serving Institutions. The organizations shared missions to facilitate the success of Hispanic students in higher education will be highlighted through this collaboration.

Manuel J. Fernós, president of Inter American University of Puerto Rico spoke about the partnership during HACU’s 13th International Conference on May 2, 2019, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The special edition of the journal will feature articles authored and reviewed by members of both organizations.

HACU and HETS members are invited to submit articles on best practices (either in English or Spanish) to be considered for publication in this special edition, fall issue of the HETS Online Journal. Click here to download the Call for Articles document with requirements for submission. Articles for this special issue will be accepted through September 13, 2019.

Subject matter experts from both organizations are encouraged to apply to become reviewers for this edition of the journal. Experts on the following topics are needed: integration of technology, online education, retention, assessment, and access to achieve student success. To learn more about the peer review process, visit: HOJ Review Process. To be considered to serve as a reviewer, please submit a letter of recommendation from your dean or vice president validating your expertise, along with a copy of your curriculum vitae to by August 30, 2019.

For additional information about the journal and this special edition, please contact the HETS office at (787) 250-1912, Exts. 2372, 2373 or via email at

Photo caption: (Left) HACU President Antonio R. Flores and (Right) Agnes Mojica, Chancellor, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San Germán present Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Lic. Manuel J. Fernós with a token of appreciation at HACU’s International Conference.

El Consorcio HETS y Virtual Educa unen esfuerzos para colaborar en proyectos con entidades de países de América Latina y el Caribe.

El Consorcio HETS y Virtual Educa firmaron hoy un Acuerdo de Colaboración que permitirá aunar esfuerzos para concretar proyectos ­que relacionen entidades de países de América Latina y el Caribe entre sí y con organismos afines de otras regiones del mundo. La firma del Acuerdo se realizó en la Oficina Central de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico (UIPR) y contó con la participación del licenciado Manuel J. Fernós, Presidente de UIPR y Tesorero de HETS, el Dr. José María Antón, Secretario General de Virtual Educa, la Sra. Yubelkys Montalvo, Directora Ejecutiva de HETS y la Dra. Suleira Quiñones, Principal Oficial Ejecutivo de la Fundación Virtual Educa.

La colaboración entre HETS y Virtual Educa promoverá el intercambio de información sobre programas e iniciativas en los ámbitos de la innovación en la Educación, como mecanismos básicos para el desarrollo sostenible y la transformación social, especialmente en América Latina y el Caribe. Además, facilitará la partici­pación mutua en reuniones y encuentros, así como identificar e impulsar la ejecución de iniciativas como UNIVERSIDAD 2030, que contribuya al logro de los objetivos institucionales, en pro de la integración y el progreso a nivel global. También se acordó intercambiar los emblemas corporativos de HETS y Virtual Educa, así como sus direcciones electrónicas, con el fin de dar acceso a los enlaces de información de interés en ambos portales para sus respectivos usuarios. 

Sobre el Consorcio HETS

El Consorcio Hispano de Servicios de Tecnología Educativa (HETS, por sus siglas en inglés) es una organización sin fines de lucro constituida por más de 40 instituciones post-secundarias afiliadas en los Estados Unidos, Puerto Rico y América Latina. Fundada en 1993, la labor de HETS se enfoca en el uso innovador de la tecnología para apoyar el acceso a la educación superior y la retención del estudiante hispano. Juntos, las instituciones miembros de HETS cuentan con más de 28,000 miembros de facultad y sobre medio millón de estudiantes, de los cuales cerca del 60% son hispanos. La misión de HETS es promover, apoyar y aumentar las capacidades de sus instituciones miembros para optimizar las oportunidades de éxito de los estudiantes hispanos/latinos a través de servicios de apoyo y eventos educativos para la facultad, personal y estudiantes de sus instituciones miembro, alianzas estratégicas entre sus miembros y los sectores académico, gubernamental y corporativo, la integración de nuevas tecnologías educativas y la identificación de recursos expertos para apoyar a sus instituciones miembros.

Sobre el Virtual Educa

VIRTUAL EDUCA es una iniciativa originada en el año 2001 con el auspicio de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA), que impulsa la innovación en Educación para favorecer una transformación social inclusiva y sostenible, reuniendo a los sectores gubernamental / multilateral, empresarial, académico y sociedad civil. La firma del acuerdo marco de fecha 02.12.2003 supuso la adhesión de la Secretaría General Iberoamericana (SEGIB) a la iniciativa, quedando emplazada la secretaría general de Virtual Educa en la SEGIB, en Madrid durante el periodo 2003-2011. A partir del 26.05.2011, mediante una enmienda al acuerdo marco, Virtual Educa extendió sus actividades al Caribe de lengua inglesa, con la organización bienal de los ‘Virtual Educa Caribbean Symposiums’ [Surinam 2012 – Trinidad y Tobago 2014], quedando adscrita la secretaría general a la sede de la OEA, en Washington, D.C., durante el periodo 2011-2016. Por mandato de su Patronato, el 01.01.2017 se convirtió en una iniciativa global mediante la creación de la Alianza Global Virtual Educa (VEGA), quedando fijada la sede de la secretaría general de Virtual Educa en Washington DC. Virtual Educa tiene establecidos convenios de colaboración con múltiples organizaciones multilaterales [UNITAR/UN, UNESCO – Y2Y/WBG, PALATINO, OEI, ATEI, etc.] y agencias gubernamentales. Igualmente forma parte de la ‘Iniciativa Multilateral de Educación para el Desarrollo Humano’ (IMEDH) [FUNGLODE, Santo Domingo, 22.06.2010]. La IMEDH tiene por finalidad la conformación de un espacio de colaboración para realizar programas y proyectos de interés común. Además de la OEA y Virtual Educa, forman parte de la IMEDH el Parlamento Latinoamericano y del Caribe (PARLATINO); la UNESCO; y Unión de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe (UDUAL).

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