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 panel. They 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 email@example.com 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support to HETS and it’s Best Practices Showcase initiative.
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 email@example.com or just call (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372/ 2373.
Concurrent with its Summer Board of Directors Meeting, HETS celebrated a special event in New York City for Admissions, Distance Learning and Information Technology Directors on June, 28 2017, at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). The main purpose of this event was to identify strategies, and explore ways to collaborate through HETS on maximizing the assistance for transfer students including attending the particular issues that also distance learning students would face. The session was directed by Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director, and Ms. Diane Walleser, Vice President for Enrollment Management at BMCC who also moderated the topic discussion. To access and read Ms. Montalvo’s presentation click here. For Diane Walleser’s presentation click here.
Dr. Antonio Pérez, President of BMCC
Participants attended face to face this event from; Bronx Community College; California State University, San Marcos; College of Staten Island; Hostos Community College; Framingham State University; LaGuardia Community College; Lehman College, Southeast Missouri State University; Stella and Charles Guttman Community College; Inter American University of PR in Puerto Rico and NY; University of Houston Downtown; University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; and Borough of Manhattan Community College. In addition, participants connected online from EDP University; Carlos Albizu University; John Jay College; California State University, Long Beach; Springfield Technical Community College; and University of Puerto Rico joined the event to collaborate in a very deep and interesting discussion about the transfer students process, and how HETS member institutions can help make this a seamless transition. Members from HETS Executive Committee, Dr. Carlos Var
HETS Vice Chair, Dr. Gloria Baquero and Chair, Dr. Carlos Vargas during the event with other participants.
gas (Chair), Dr. Gloria Baquero (Vice Chair), and Dr. Carlos Morales (Regional Representative) welcomed all attendees along with Dr. Antonio Pérez, President of BMCC, who hosted this event.
The event closed with a brief presentation of the discussion results and recommendations to the HETS Board of Directors which allowed HETS to learn more about student needs and the best ways to create additional support services for them and our member institutions. HETS would like to recognize BMCC’s staff that helped with the setup of their outstanding facilities at Fiterman Hall and the live transmission and recording of the event. To watch the recording of this event click here. For more information about this event, and how to get involved, please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or just call us at (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372 / 2373.
Concurrent with its summer Board Meeting last June 19 and 20, HETS celebrated a Technology Showcase hosted by Lehman College, (CUNY). The main purpose of the event was to share Lehman College’s (LC) best practices in specific operational and educational areas. The event was transmitted live the day of the event through LC Live Stream Channel and also participants outside New York had the opportunity to participate online.