Friday, February 8, 2013

Center for Student Success Holds Opening Ceremony

Julie Cruz, UVI Center for Student Success advisor, speaks at the grand opening of the center Thursday, Jan. 31.  UVI Center for Student Success Director Dr. Eustace Esdaille (left) and UVI President Dr. David Hall (right) look on.

UVI President Dr. David Hall
An opening ceremony for the University of the Virgin Islands Center for Student Success was held on Jan. 31 on the St. Thomas Campus. The center’s goal is to increase student retention and graduation through one-on-one tutoring and advisors dedicated to promoting student success.

The center features four Media: Scape computer interface systems designed for students and tutors to easily collaborate by connecting their laptop computers to two large flat screen monitors which will allow them to work together seamlessly. The center also has a separate area for group study and an office for two advisors who will assist students with their academic studies.

“We really do want our students to be successful,” said UVI President Dr. David Hall at the center’s opening ceremony. “It is the highest priority for us right now as an institution.”

UVI Interim Provost Dr. Camille McKayle said the center was very inviting and encouraged faculty to spend one or two of their office hours in the center with students that need assistance.

“It takes a lot of people to really make the center what it should be all about – the students,” McKayle said.

The CSS is located in Classroom Administration Building Room 101 and is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. The CSS is also open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.