Friday, March 23, 2018

UVI Launches New Online Undergraduate & Graduate Degree Programs

(Left to Right) Sharlene Harris, Dr. Marc Boumedine, Dr. Camille McKayle, Erik Pattison, Dannica Thomas, and President David Hall pose for a photo at the March 3, Board of Trustees meeting in the Administration and Conference Center Building on the St. Thomas Campus.

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Through the newly established UVI Online Division, UVI now offers courses and programs in a 100 percent online format. Courses start the second Wednesday of each month and will run for eight weeks.

In special session on Dec. 19, the University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees approved UVI to offer online degrees. Through the newly established UVI Online Division, the University now offers courses and programs in a 100 percent online format. Courses start the second Wednesday of each month and will run for eight weeks.

Degrees available online include:

• Associate of Science – Applied Computing

• Associate of Arts – Criminal Justice

• Associate of Science in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology

• Associate of Arts – Engineering Management Technology

• Bachelor of Arts – Accounting

• Bachelor of Arts – Management

• Bachelor of Arts – Criminal Justice

• Bachelor of Arts – Financial Planning

• Bachelor of Arts - Interdisciplinary Studies – Strategic Communications

• Bachelor of Science – Applied Computing

• Bachelor of Science – Cybersecurity

• Bachelor of Science – Computer Engineering Technology

• Bachelor of Science – Engineering Management Technology

• Bachelor of Science – Electronics Engineering Technology

• Master of Arts – Leadership

• Master of Business Administration

“Where we are going in terms of the University’s online initiative is absolutely the norm,” said Board Trustee Jennifer Nugent Hill. “It is changing the entire state of education. I think this opens up a world of opportunity for us in the Virgin Islands and certainly as alumna of the University, I’m absolutely proud of us using technology to advance the teaching and education.”

UVI lies in the heart of the beautiful Caribbean. The UVI experience is uniquely multi-cultural, international, entrepreneurial and intellectually stimulating. UVI provides a vital and exciting environment for educating future leaders of the global 21st century community. In addition to new programs, in 2018, UVI online students will also have the option to complete mini-residency programs on the island of St. Thomas while earning academic credit.

In order to further meet the needs of global online learners, the UVI leadership team is developing a program to provide free laptops to students as part of their online programs. Additional information on the laptops for education initiative are expected to be available later in 2018.

“As we prepare for the future growth and innovation of our traditional on ground university, I am proud that through UVI online, we can now offer courses and programs in a 100 percent online asynchronous format,” said David Hall, president of the University of the Virgin Islands. “This will truly extend the reach of our Historically American, Uniquely Caribbean University to serve a global student population.”

(Left to Right) Dr. Kimarie Engerman, Board of Trustees Vice Chair Alexander Moorhead and Dr. Lucy Reuben pose for a photo at the March 3, Board of Trustees meeting in the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. 

During the March 3, UVI Board of Trustees meeting, President Hall recognized University employees for their efforts to bring the University’s online degree program online. Awarded at each board meeting, the President’s Appreciation Award is presented to UVI employees and units that have performed exceptionally. “One of the major accomplishments during this reporting period has been the development, approval and implementation of 15 online degrees,” said President Hall. “This is the most strategic development in the University that has the potential to address ongoing educational and revenue concerns or challenges in the Territory and nationally.”

“This has been a team effort led by Provost Camille McKayle but has included the tireless and creative work of various individuals,” said President Hall.

This quarter’s award was presented to:

  • Charmaine Smith, coordinator for Enrollment Services
  • Cheryl Roberts, director of Financial Aid
  • Dannica Thomas, director of Institutional Effectiveness
  • Desha Brathwaite, database administrator
  • Dr. Ameeta Jadav, director of Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Dr. Kimarie Engerman, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Dr. Lucy Reuben, interim dean of the School of Business
  • Dr. Sandra Romano, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics
  • Dr. Stuart Ketcham, chair of the faculty
  • Erik Pattison, director of network operations
  • Monifa Potter, registrar
  • Sharlene Harris, vice president of Information Technology, Library Services and Institutional Assessment

“These individuals represent the larger group of people who played a role and I am very honored to be able to designate them as the recipients of the President’s Appreciation Award for this Board meeting,” said President Hall.

The Middle States Commission for Higher Education approved UVI’s request to offer online degrees in 2017. The University is authorized to offer online degrees in all 50 States and the District of Columbia, through its membership in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.