The University of the Virgin Islands is pursuing a total of seven projects which were approved by the US Department of Education in the 2015-2020 UVI SAFRA Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) and the 2012-2017 Title III Part B CDP. Below, each project is described.
It's All About the Students- The "It's All About the Students" project will continue to build on the progress made toward improving the institution technology and communication infrastructure. In order to do this a number of sub-projects involving information technology improvements to enhance institutional workflows and student retention will be incorporated into the scope of the project.
Integrated Approach to Academic Growth and Student Success-This proposal seeks to integrate various student retention efforts at the institution under the umbrella of the Center for Student Success in order to enhance student retention, persistence and success. Additionally, this project will incorporate the effort previously supported by the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) grant program to improve the success of students majoring in Science, Mathematics, Technology and Nursing.
Environmental and Health Sciences-There are several goals outlined for this project, including developing an Environmental Sciences and Health Sciences minors and curricula. This will involve a collaborative effort between the College of Science and Mathematics' Division of Biology and the Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences toward the development of the curricula, access to field research and also the acquisition of transportation, laboratory equipment and upgrades to existing computer equipment in the laboratory/classrooms.
Preparing Students for Broadcast Journalism and Radio Production- This project aims to expand the existing Communications Program curriculum by offering courses in Broadcast Journalism and Radio production. Moreover, in order to expand the educational offerings of the Communications Program, this project sets out to enhance the capabilities of the Communication lab to create radio programming and the facilities to merge with an existing radio station to allow the program to afford students the opportunity to develop their skillset in radio journalism, broadcasting and production.
Integrating Learning Resources for Sustainability- Building on the initial effort of the 2010-15 project, Learning Educational Access Program, this project reduces the footprint of the St. John Academic Center, thereby reducing its attendant costs, while continuing to offer courses to St. John resident students, thereby reducing the need for students who reside on that island to travel to the St. Thomas campus to attend classes.
UVI Learning Space Enhancement-Extending the improvement of classroom space that commenced in the 2010-15 SAFRA grant cycle, This project is intended to increase the number of technology based classrooms at the University from 87 (92% of overall classrooms) to 92 (97% of classrooms) by the end of the grant cycle in 2020.
Expanding Opportunities for STEM Majors on the Albert A. Sheen Campus-This project is designed to expand the number of science majors on the Albert A. Sheen campus on St. Croix, enabling science majors residing on that island to complete their degrees without having to transfer to the St. Thomas campus.