Fall Issue, Volume XI, of the HETS Online Journal in another special collaboration with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).

Pamela Vargas, HOJ Chief Editor

Dr. Marcela G. Cuellar, Invited Co-Editor

Welcome to the Fall 2020 edition of the HETS Online Journal! Like everything in 2020, it’s been a challenge This edition marks the second time that HETS and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) have collaborated to bring you an even more informative Journal. By working together, we can offer a larger variety and number of articles. The HETS Journal recognized the valuable collaboration of Dr. Marcela G. Cuellar from the University of California, Davis, who represented HACU as an invited editor.

As always, the Journal focuses on ensuring the success of Hispanic students in higher education, which is at the core of the missions of both organizations. Many of the articles include the use of technology in student success, while all include information designed to help Hispanic students access higher education and succeed in their studies. In light of the pandemic and all of the other challenges of recent months, learning from the experiences of others has become even more vital. In this edition, you’ll find the following articles:

1- A National Portrait of STEM Trajectories through Two- and Four-Year Hispanic Serving Institutions, explores the undergraduate profiles and outcomes of STEM majors who begin post secondary education at two- and four-year Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).

2- The article, Assessing the Needs and Experiences of First-Generation Students’ Transition to Remote Learning Due to COVID-19 Pandemic at a Hispanic Serving Institution, describes an evaluation research project undertaken to determine the impact that the shift to remote learning has had on first-generation college students’ learning and the challenges that they faced in the process.

3- Estrategias de apoyo a la facultad en tiempos de pandemia: la respuesta de dos instituciones, presents successful strategies that two institutions employed during the rapid transition to remote teaching that was necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

4- La oferta universitaria en línea de Puerto Rico: Actualización a otoño 2020, provides an update of the distance learning offerings at colleges and universities in Puerto Rico and identifies the institutions, disciplines and level of programs offered under this teaching modality.

5- La tecnología virtual: su importancia en la enseñanza-aprendizaje de la contabilidad, explores the use of virtual technology in an accounting course and discusses how it can influence motivation and academic performance.

6- Social Presence: An Imperative in Online Learning Contexts, discusses the role of culture in social presence and how teaching and learning, faculty disposition, and cultural competence can be used to encourage a sense of belonging to an institution.

7- In the article, Student and Faculty Perspectives on Student Evaluation of Teaching: A Cross-Sectional Study at a Community College, the usefulness of Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) is examined from both the student and faculty views, with the goal of making these evaluations more useful for faculty while also providing a better learning experience for students.

8- Teaching Using a Flipped Classroom Approach: Impacts for Students of Color, considers whether the use of a flipped classroom teaching method for undergraduate quantitative research methods had an impact on undergraduate students’ academic achievement, as measured by their performance in course assignments, as well as on quizzes, exams, and the final paper.

9- The Effect of a Kernel Sentence Combining Technique on the Reading Comprehension Levels of Basic English Students at UPR-Cayey, investigates and analyzes the implementation of the Kernel-Sentence-Combining Technique and how it helped Basic English students at UPR-Cayey to improve their reading comprehension levels.

10- The purpose of the article entitled, What are the best practices for online student engagement among Hispanic-Serving Institutions? A narrative review, is to explore how post-secondary education instructors at HSIs can increase learner engagement and improve course retention rates, particularly at a time when many courses within post-secondary institutions are being delivered online.

We hope you will enjoy this edition, and that you will also consider sharing your expertise and experiences for a future edition of the HETS Online Journal.

Happy reading, and, above all, stay safe!

Pamela A. (Krauser) Vargas
HETS Online Journal Chief Editor and
Director, Research and Grant Development
Southeast Missouri State University

Marta Mena

Directora, Programa de Formación Virtual de investigadores, Secretaría de Ciencia, Tecnología y Posgrado; y Directora de la Maestría en Docencia Universitaria en la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional-UTN

Es directora del Programa de Formación Virtual de investigadores-PROFORVIN-en la Secretaría de Ciencia, tecnología y Posgrado de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional-UTN-desde 2012 y directora de la Maestría en Docencia Universitaria en la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional-UTN

Se desempeña como docente del doctorado y Maestrías de la Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero-UNTREF

Fue Secretaria Pedagógica en la Facultad de ciencias Económicas de la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Allí creó el Programa A Distancia de grado y el Programa de Formación Docente Continua para profesores universitarios ambos en versión Blended Learning

Fue Consultora del Banco Mundial, dirigió el Programa de Capacitación Electrónica-PROCAE- para la formación virtual de Funcionarios Púbicos de Argentina y países limítrofes.

Fue además docente en la Maestría de Tecnología de la Educación en la Universidad de Salamanca, España por diecisiete años (1989/2007). –

Fue directora y docente de la Maestría de Educación a Distancia en la Universidad de Morón de Argentina.

Ha sido Vice presidenta para América Latina y El Caribe del Consejo Internacional de Educación Abierta y a Distancia_ICDE- y miembro de su comité ejecutivo.

Marta ha escrito innumerables artículos, capítulos de libros y libros acerca de la modalidad en la región.

Indra Paola Peláez

Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Success Houston Community College.

Indra Paola Peláez serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Success with Houston Community College.  Ms. Peláez is responsible for improving HCC’s admissions and registration experience.  Her responsibilities include overseeing the acquisition of a transcript evaluation software, implementation of Hobsons Intersect Platform, and developing a CRM business process mapping for a common onboarding experience for all students.  Her passion is based on the belief that education is the foundation necessary for students to build and strengthen their communities, achieve their personal and professional goals and increase future economic opportunities for themselves and their families.

Patricia Ramírez Gelpí, Esq.

Patricia Ramírez Gelpí holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico and a master’s degree in rights in the intellectual property area of George Washington University Law School. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in museumology and restoration of works of art from the Universitá Internazionale dell’Arte in Florence, Italy.

Patricia began her professional career in the legal department of the federal agency Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington D.C. She served as Director of Intellectual Property of the Ana G. Méndez University System (SUAGM), where she developed the institution’s intellectual property policies, as well as a training program with teaching materials aimed at teaching and administrative staff on the importance of the importance , impact and implications of copyright in the different areas of the academic practices.

In 2017 he founded Afterthought Solutions LLC, offering consulting services to companies for the development and implementation of their intellectual property strategies. She is a course facilitator in the business administration area of the UAGM Ahora Program, a contributor to Grupo Guayacán, Inc., a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Adaptive Conservation, Inc. t/c/c,  and author of the book: Copyright, What are they and how do they affect us?


Contact: patricia@afterthoughtip.com
FB: @AfterthoughtSolutions

Dr. Linda Heitman

Diploma in Nursing
Barnes Hospital School of Nursing, St. Louis

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Southeast Missouri State University

Master of Science in Nursing (Research) 
Clinical Nurse Specialist Option, Saint Louis University

Ph.D. in Nursing
Saint Louis University

She began her professional nursing career as a staff nurse in the critical care units at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. During her tenure at the hospital she worked in the Pre-Anesthesia Department and Cardiac Rehabilitation. Upon completion of her Master’s degree, she served as a Clinical Nurse Specialist/Case Manager and Regional Heart Center Coordinator. In 1998 she joined the faculty of the Department of Nursing at Southeast Missouri State University. She has served on the Faculty Senate, Benefits Committee, and as the charter President of Lambda Theta, the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.

She developed and taught the Clinical Nurse Specialist option in the Graduate Program. She currently serves as Professor of Nursing teaching Critical Care and Nursing Research courses. Dr. Heitman also maintains certification as an Advance Practice Nurse, Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Through Heitman Consulting, LLC she has served as a consultant to the critical care units of Southeast Health and St. Francis Medical Center. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.

Dr. Heitman is also a reviewer for The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Her research focuses upon critical care nursing, organ donation and transplantation and cardiovascular nursing. She has written several publications and has given international and national presentations on these topics.

She currently serves as Educational Advisor for Mid-America Transplant (MAT) in St. Louis. In 2017 she submitted a grant proposing the creation and development of an on-line learning platform to teach undergraduate nursing students about organ and tissue donation. Currently, she oversees provision of the platform to eight schools of nursing and 22 nursing faculty. The platform will be provided to over 1,000 nursing students this academic year. The future goal of this endeavor is to offer the platform to all 73 nursing schools in the MAT service region.

José Miño Lara

José Miño Lara has been with Southeast Missouri State University since 2018 and currently serves as an Online Programs Specialist. He loves the collaboration taking place at the University and enjoys working with students on generating solutions for their academic success. José earned his Clinical Psychology degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador and his Master of Science degree in Training and Performance Improvement from Northern Michigan University. As a continuous learner, he welcomes opportunities for growth and development in all aspects of life.