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The University received
a $1.5 million grant
from the Foundation
for the University of the
Virgin Islands (FUVI) to
improve the human and
technological capacity at
UVI. This investment will
contribute greatly to the
success of VISION 2012.
Strategic Plan VISION
2012 culminates in 2012,
UVI's 50th anniversary.
All VISION 2012
documents are available
on the Strategic Plan
website at http://
UVI Strategic Directions
is published by the Office of
the President, University
of the Virgin Islands
LaVerne E. Ragster, Ph.D., President
Michelle Smitherman, Editor
SPECIALIZING IN FUTURES
Now that the Board of Trustees has approved Strategic d
Plan VISION 2012, the question everyone associated _
with the University should ask is; what do we do to
achieve the ambitious goals outlined in VISION 2012?
In her Fall 2006 Convocation address, President
LaVerne E. Ragster, Ph.D. explained that in order to
accomplish the goals and objectives set forth in VISION
2012, UVI must first develop an extensive training program to address professional and cross-functional
development. The University must invest in the required technical infrastructure to utilize systems that
will optimize operations at all levels of the University. In simpler terms, "Every person at UVI should
have the opportunity for training and professional development," said Dr. Ragster.
To begin the initial implementation of a training and enrichment plan, Dr. Ragster has developed
a project called "Leap-Frog." The Foundation for the University of the Virgin Islands (FUVI) was
established to assist the University with developing and identifying revenues to support its mission.
A proposal to the Foundation funded the project at the level of $1.5 million to be spent over two and a half
years. The project will launch this fall. "Leap-Frog means we are going to seek improvements that will
take us many steps ahead. These improvements will occur through a dramatic process as opposed to an
incremental way," said Dr. Ragster. "It gives the University the opportunity to build its' own capacity.
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SWelcome to Strategic
Directions! I wish to thank
the Board of Trustees for their
overwhelming approval of
UVI's VISION 2012 Strategic
Plan. I also want to thank the
students, faculty and staff,
the strategic plan steering committee, and
all UVI partners who helped to create this
This is a very exciting time for UVI. We have
a clear vision and a purposeful mission. VISION
2012 is the road map that will guide us on a new
path toward our destination to transform this
Please become familiar with the four strategic
areas of focus that will serve as catalysts to help
UVI to realize its mission and vision. In this issue,
we briefly discuss educational excellence.
To receive higher ratings from our clients, we
must create a student-centered environment
that fosters academic excellence and meets
the needs of students around enrollment and
I invite you to embrace the goals, operational
objectives and measures of accomplishments
outlined in VISION 2012 in your everyday endeav-
ors. It is our plan to use the best of the past and
discover new paths to become what we need to
be-an exceptional institution of higher education
in the Caribbean.
LaVerne E. Ragsltr, Ph.D., F,GJent
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We have to value and invest in our human and technical potential."
During convocation, the audience received copies of the new
VISION 2012 brochure and two-year calendar explaining the goals,
objectives and priorities of UVI's VISION 2012. "It is an excellent
representation of the wonderful process that was undertaken,"
said Dr. Ragster. All managers will receive a planning kit with all
VISION 2012 documents as well as the Closeout Report for the
2000-2005 Strategic Plan.
An integral part of VISION 2012 is the University's core values.
One of the more complex core values is collegiality and shared
governance. Mutual respect for differing opinions and constructive
participation are at the center of collegiality and shared governance.
"It is not about likeability or sociability; it is about working
together," said Dr. Ragster. "If we are going to complete VISION
2012, and do what the people of the Virgin Islands are asking us
to do, we need to work more collegially." In closing, she added, "I
hope that all of you will find the time to discuss and come to some
consensus about what we require as collegiality here at UVI." U
Any employee who still needs a VISION 2012
brochure and/or calendar can obtain them by calling
the President's Office at 693-1000 or sending an
email to Velma Abramsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The collaborators of VISION 2012 identified four areas of
focus that UVI will need to address in order to realize its new
mission and vision. The areas are educational excellence,
institutional improvement, financial stability, and community
The first strategic goal in VISION 2012 requires UVI to create a
learner-centered experience that fosters academic excellence and
student success through innovative, effective teaching strategies
and high quality academic and student support programs.
In order to accomplish this goal, the University must begin to
undergo an institutional transformation.
The result of such a transformation will increase UVI's ability to
offer high quality, outcomes-based academic programs that are
flexible and responsive. The change will call for the accreditation
of all professional programs and the development of internal
standards to assess the quality of these programs. A transformation
will require the University to increase enrollment by enhancing
recruitment and enrollment-related services, as well as promote
student success and increase retention and graduation rates of our
students. With a focus on educational excellence, our campuses
will become student-centered environments that promote school
spirit and institutional pride. The change we envision will create an
increase in scholarly research and outreach activities that respond
to community needs and generate new knowledge. 0
"At first glance, it may appear that the operational
objectives and measures of accomplishments
associated with educational excellence are the
total responsibility of the Office of the Provost,
While the Office of the Provost is responsible
for coordinating this strategic area of focus,
the objectives and measures set forth in VISION
2012 will only come to fruition with a
commitment from the entire University"
Maria Fleming, SpecialAssistant to the Provost/
Please share with us your
comments and ideas about
VISION 2012: UVI's strategic
plan for 2006-2012.
We also welcome your
contributions to this newsletter,
which will be published
on a quarterly basis.
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From Deborah C. Fontaine, Ph.D., Former Chair Strategic Plan Steering Committee and Chief of Staff
As I look back over the time spent leading the development of VISION 2012; it was an honor and
privilege, for me, to be a part of an exciting strategic planning process. Everyone got involved.
It was a collective effort and I am very proud of what we accomplished.
The VISION 2012 brochure, calendar, planning kit, and the new website being launched this fall are
tools to keep VISION 2012 in the forefront of everyone's thinking-reinforcing strategic initiatives
and reminding students, faculty and staff where the University is going.
Now as the journey begins to fully implement VISION 2012, I am confident UVI will transform
its future and be recognized as the premier higher education institution in the Caribbean-putting
students first, modeling excellence and serving the people of the Virgin Islands.
I will miss being a part of UVI's continued success. Best wishes for a successful new academic year.
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