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HETS news about the international student’s government policy

Thousands of international students in the U.S. relief of being deported

The Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS), committed to expanding educational opportunities and higher education for the Hispanic community, is pleased to learn about the decision that brings relief to thousands of international students who had been at risk of being deported. More than 1,000,000 international students enroll in the U.S. institutions, based on the 2018-19 academic year data from the Institute of International Education. Hispanic students represent almost 7% of this amount precede by Asia with 70%, Europe and, Middle East/North Africa with 8% each.

“As Chairman of an organization focuses on Hispanics that helps with the integration of technology in education; we praise the legal effort of hundreds of universities to defend international students forced to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the coronavirus pandemic” commented by Dr. Carlos Morales, HETS Chair. Under this policy, international students would have been forbidden from taking all their courses online this fall. Besides, new visas would not have been issued to students at schools planning to provide all classes online due to the pandemic. Students already in the US would have faced deportation if they didn’t transfer schools or leave the country voluntarily. “We were proud to stand with our partners in the Hispanic community and sister institutions to challenge ICE’s unconscionable regulations,” said HETS Officer and University at Albany President Havidán Rodríguez. “Clearly, our united voice helped to turn the tide on these unjust rules, which would have brought untold harm to our international students.”

It is a fact that all colleges and universities were forced to move all their classes online to ensure the safety and health of their students, faculty, and administrators. This commitment was reflected in this historical moment, where for the first time, so many institutions seek a legal remedy to protect international students. On this line, HETS officer, Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, President of Southeast Missouri State University comment that: We are thankful to the federal government for having rescinded the initial directive.  This has been a welcome news by both institutions of higher education and international students. Likewise, HETS Regional Representative, Dr. Tomás Morales, President of California State University San Bernardino emphasized that: “This is a reprieve for the over 1 million international students who study in the U.S.  We know that these members of our student body enrich the academic experience and campus life by their presence.”

HETS Leadership Perspective during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ever since its inception in 1993, the Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS), formerly known as Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System, has been a pioneer in supporting the development of distance learning initiatives across colleges and universities in Puerto Rico, mainland United States, and Latin America. Although HETS support and value has been widely known among it’s members for more than 25 years, the organization’s goal is to increase it’s relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 were held with HETS Chair, Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, President of Southeast Missouri State University, and Vice Chair Dr. Carlos Morales, President of 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 crucial 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 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.

To continue its efforts, on June 26th, presidents from different institutions in Puerto Rico, United States, and Latin America will participate in a HETS virtual panelThey have been invited to share their expertise and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and their thoughts on the future of Higher Education, from the perspective of their academic communities and student populations. The panel will include presidents from a community college (Dr. David Gómez, President, Hostos Community College, CUNY), a 4-year public university (Dr. Tomás Morales, President, California State University San Bernardino) a private university in US (Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, President, Southeast Missouri State University) one in PR (Manuel J. Fernós, Esq. President, Inter American University of PR) and one International institution (Dr. Maritza Rondón, Chancellor, Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia). The panel moderator, Dr. Carlos Morales, President of Tarrant County College Connect Campus, will guide the discussion and the Q & A session with participants. The event is free of charge. The only requirement is to register online to participate.

For additional information, send an email to info@hets.org  or call to phone (787) 616-3201. For the latest news regarding HETS, visit hets.org or its social media accounts, hetsorg on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram.

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)

 

Panelists:

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 info@hets.org 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

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 info@hets.org  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: https://virtualeduca.org/mediacenter/comunicado-oficial-de-virtual-educa-sobre-el-fallecimiento-de-jose-maria-anton/.

 

 

 

HETS Executive Officers elected during their first ever virtual Board Meeting on summer 2020.

Dr. Carlos Morales, was elected HETS Chair

HETS Executive officers’ election were held during an historically virtual Board Meeting celebrated through Zoom digital platform, on June 25, 2020. More than 30 Board Members and special guests connected from Puerto Rico, United States and Colombia. As part of the meeting agenda, Dr. Carlos Morales, President, TCC Connect Campus of Tarrant County College from Texas, was elected as HETS Chair. Collaborating with Dr. Morales will be, Mr. Manuel J. Fernós, President of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, as Vice Chair, Eng. Gladys Nieves, President of EDP University as Treasurer; and Dr. Carlos Vargas, President of Southeast Missouri State University as Secretary. Elected as Regional Representatives were: Dr. Tomás Morales, President, California State University San Bernardino; Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, President, University at Albany (SUNY); and Dr. Maritza Rondón, Chancellor of the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia. All appointments will start term on July 1st, 2020 for two years as stated in HETS Bylaws. We would like to recognize the hard work and commitment of the past officers during their tenure. We truly appreciate that they will be continuing serving as officers in a new role. To learn more about the newly appointed Officers visit: Meet the Executive Committee.

This Board meeting ends academic year 2019-2020, an intense year for the organization and its members, as it embarked on the implementation of recently new strategies evolved as the response of the new academic reality due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The strategic plan framework corresponding to years 2017-2020 focused on core areas of accessretention and successful completion, and online learning / technology integration was extended for an additional year in order to complete and adapt it to our new reality and provide better support to our member institutions and its communities. 

Among the news shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals and added services such as: tailored workshops and webinar offerings; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza and HETS Website. Also, the results of our main events the HETS Best Practices Showcase, Student Leadership Showcase and Online Tours were presented, in which Student Ambassadors program participants shared with their peers the tools and resources free of charge available for them at the Student Placita of the HETS Virtual Plaza. Board members also welcomed representative from new member institution: Los Angeles Community College District and concluded the meeting with a virtual session with corporate members such as Blackboard, InQmatic, Inter Staff, and COBIMET.

For more information about HETS services, please visit www.hets.org, contact us via email info@hets.org or just call us at (787) 616-3201.

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.

Call for Articles for the Volume XI of HETS Online Journal in another special collaboration with HACU

Dr. Carlos Vargas, HETS Chair

I am pleased to announce the call for articles for the Volume XI of HETS Online Journal in another special collaboration with HACU. This is a result of a successful Fall 2019 Issue publication together. This joint effort highlighted both organizations shared missions to facilitate the success of Hispanic students in higher education, particularly on this new academic scenario due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We invite you to download the guidelines to submit your article for this Fall Issue is on or before September 25, 2020. Your submission should be an original work either in English or Spanish. Just send it to the HETS office via e-mail to: info@hets.org. The HETS Online Journal is included in EBSCO Publishing’s databases, and its mail goal of is share best practices and the latest information in higher education and showcase the exciting work being done by our colleagues.

 

 

This time, this special collaboration welcome Dr. Marcela G. Cuellar from the University of California, Davis, who will represent HACU as invited editor. Dr. Cuellar will work with the Editor in Chief, Pamela Vargas, and members of

Dr. Antonio R. Flores, HACU President & CEO

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. These members accepted the challenge of reviewing and select the articles among the many impressive submissions received.

We invite new reviewers to join this effort. To be considered to serve as a reviewer, please submit a letter of recommendation from your dean or vice president, along with a copy of your curriculum vitae to info@hets.org by August 31, 2020. 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.

We encourage you to share these opportunities with your colleagues to either consider submitting an article to share their knowledge and experience or to serve as a reviewer. For additional information about the Journal and this special edition, please contact HETS staff at (787) 616-3201 or via email at info@hets.org.

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

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