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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President of Southeast Missouri State University comment that: We are thankful to the federal government for having rescinded the initial directive.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.”

Experience our new service: Student Passport at hets.org

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 hets.org 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 hets.org 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 www.hets.org, contact us via email info@hets.org or just call (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372/ 2373.

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.

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