Vision 2012 is a
Thank you to everyone
-from students, faculty
and staff, the strategic
plan steering committee,
and UVI partners.
You helped us create a
plan we can all be proud
of and are excited about
SPECIALIZING IN FUTURES
The University of the Virgin Islands has traveled an
incredible journey since fall 2005, when the University
began thinking collectively about UVI's future.
"We are nearing the completion of Vision 2012," saidB
St. Croix Campus Executive Administrator Deborah
C. Fontaine, Ph.D., who is leading UVI's strategic
planning process. "More than 400 people including
students, faculty and staff, and community partners
- participated in discussions about where the Univer-
sity should be as an institution by 2012, our 50th
President LaVerne E. Ragster,
Ph.D., presented the framework for "Vision 2012 expresses the collective views
Vision 2012 to the Board of Trustees of many people to ensure that UVI will be
at their November 2005 Retreat. stronger, more competitive, and more
"The Board came together, reflected responsive to the communities we serve."
on the previous strategic plan's
accomplishments and lessons
learned, and endorsed UVI's plans the future," she said.
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"There seems to be a strong consensus from the Board of
Trustees, the University community, and the community-at-
large in our effort to move UVI forward," Dr. Ragster said.
Vision 2012 expresses the collective views of many people to
ensure that UVI will be stronger, more competitive, and more
responsive to the communities we serve, Dr. Fontaine said.
"We designed and implemented an inclusive, interactive
strategic planning process," Dr. Ragster said. "We focused on the
vision of UVI's future in such a way that all stakeholders have had
the opportunity to contribute to where we will be in 2012."
VIUCEDD Assistant Director Miriam V Osborne-Elliott
said the current strategic planning process is probably the "most
inclusive and widely communicated one the institution has under-
taken in the last decade."
St. Thomas Librarian Sharlene Harris said the process allowed
many segments of the UVI community and the territory to
have a say in the process. "We all own Vision 2012 because we
participated in its creation, from its various stages to the final
plan," she said. u
Strategic Plan 2000-2005
Before closing out a strategic plan,
it is important to identify the plan's
accomplishments and reflect on lessons
learned. Strategic Plan 2000-2005, with
81 percent of initiatives realized, was a
learning experience for UVI.
"Strategic Plan 2000-2005 was used as a
guideline to achieve a level of consistency
that we are very proud of," Dr. Ragster
said. "We have learned to change the
way we function at UVI to focus on
students first, work collectively as
partners, commit to excellence in
education, provide resources for the
UVI Strategic Directions
is published by the Office of
the President, University
of the Virgin Islands
LaVerne E. Ragster, Ph.D.
Deborah C. Fontaine, Ph.D.
St. Croix Campus
Apryl Flynn Gilliss
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Vision 2012: UI's strategic
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St. Croix Campus
community, and leverage our resources.
"One of the most successful outputs
was the creation of UVI's Community
Engagement and Lifelong Learning
(CELL) Center," Dr. Ragster said.
"The success of UVI-CELL has been
extraordinary and has added value to
The activities the University has been
involved with have strengthened UVI
as a community, President Ragster said.
"The lessons learned from the creation,
enactment and completion of the plan
have prepared us for the initiation of
At a Glance: Vision 2012
President Ragster unveiled
UVI's new mission, vision and
values at the Fall 2005 Convo-
cation. For a copy of the poster
distributed at convocation,
call the Campus Executive
Administrator Offices at 692-
4000 on St. Croix and 693-1140
on St. Thomas.
Mission: The University of the
Virgin Islands is a learner-cen-
tered institution dedicated to
the success of its students and
committed to enhancing the lives
of the people of the U.S. Virgin
Islands and the wider Caribbean
through excellent teaching, inno-
vative research, and responsive
Vision: The University of the
Virgin Islands will be an excep-
tional U.S. institution of higher
Selected accomplishments include:
* Raised $2 million for the Annual Fund
in 2004 and 2005
* Awarded $17 million in grants
* Sold $19 million in bonds for physical
* Established UVICELL and trained
* Increased collaborative teaching
* Established research and technology
park on St. Croix
* Reorganized teacher education
* Began academic program rationalization
* Developed branding theme:
Specializing in Futures
to student success,
committed to excel-
lence, and pledged to
enhancing the social
and economic transfor-
mation of the U.S. Virgin
* Students first
* Learning &
* Collegiality & shared
* Principled leadership
* Supporting our
* Effective use of
* Equitable reward
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