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Celebrating Innovation, Retention and Online Learning and Technology Integration to Promote Hispanic Student Success in Higher Education

February 4 to 12, 2021


Process to submit your proposal

Click here to download the 2021 VBPS Call for Proposals document

The call for proposals submissions for the event has ended. Thank you for the support! To learn more about the selected Best Practices visit: Showcase Schedule

Deadline to submit your proposal

The deadline to submit your proposal was November 30, 2020, and the expected date to notify the applicants of the status of their proposal is December 16, 2020.

Evaluation Criteria

The Evaluation Committee will evaluate submitted proposals based on the following criteria. Each area will be rated on a scale from 1 to 7 (1= non-satisfactory; 7 =outstanding), for a maximum of 63 points.

  1. Level of innovation
  2. Meaningful use of technology – demonstrates not only how technologies were put in place, but also how effectively those technologies were to achieve the goals in performance in online or traditional environments
  3. Demonstrated benefit to overall student success and institutional effectiveness
  1. Contribution to decision-making and improvement processes
  2. Usefulness and cost-effectiveness
  3. Use of specific examples, evidence, or indicators to demonstrate success
  4. Quality of the proposal
  5. Focus on Hispanic/Latino-a education
  6. Lessons learned

Evaluation Committee

Evaluation Committee members are selected from HETS Member Institutions, based on their expertise with the nominated track to validate their peers’ proposals. 

Presentations of up to two presenters will be considered. Allotted time for live presentations will be 30 minutes for presentation and up to 15 minutes for participants’ questions. Allotted time for upload/asynchronous presentations will be up to 30 minutes and participants’ questions will be submitted online and sent by email to be answered by presenters.

Live online presentations:

The highest scored presentations (two per track) will be presenting live upon speakers’ availability. Presentations will be recorded to have them accessible to all participants after the session. Presenter is responsible of technical requirements and to coordinate tests prior the presentation to guaranty the connection to HETS platform. These presentations will be selected based on the total evaluation scores. Presenters will have access to the system where presentations are uploaded to read questions and be able to answer them for the benefit of all participants.

Asynchronous presentations:

Selected additional scored presentations besides the top scored will be uploaded in asynchronous format at the designated virtual area on the opening date. Presenter is responsible of recording a video in Blackboard Collaborate using the link provided to each presenter via email, and required to upload it by January 29, 2021 with the Power Point (or other similar program) presentation. The video will be up to 30 minutes long.