December 19, 2007, volxiii, number 12
UVI's Accreditation Reaffirmed for 10 More Years
Accreditation for the University of the Virgin Islands has
been reaffirmed. At a Nov. 15 meeting the Middle States
Commission on Higher Education acted to reaffirm accredi-
tation of UVI until the year 2017.
"I must publicly thank all of the members of the Univer-
sity community for their diligence and hard work during the
reaffirmation process and congratulate the members of the
institution for the many commendations that were received
from Middle States," UVI President Dr. LaVere E. Ragster
said in a statement to the University community.
"The process of going through reaffirmation of accredi-
tation fits into the University's efforts to continue to fulfill its
mission at the highest level," Dr. Ragster said. "We are poised
to take the opportunity that this reaffirmation process has
given us to continue our efforts towards fulfilling VISION
2012 and our mission," she continued.
The Evaluation Team's final report noted a number of
commendations. These included commendations for:
transforming UVI's mission into an outcomes driven
statement with an increased focus on the learners to
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using University resources to create a welcoming and
forming a partnership with Florida International Uni-
versity and Global Crossing leading to a plan for con-
nection to Interet2;
increased retention of science majors, noteworthy fac-
ulty productivity and increased use of technology to
support academic endeavors;
faculty focus on the natural and social environments
of the Caribbean region as a core to the general edu-
cation program; and,
the broad participation evident in the development of
the general education curriculum.
Although accreditation has been reaffirmed, the Univer-
sity must comply with several measures and fulfill the follow-
ing Middle States Commission requests:
1)A progress letter due April, 1, 2008, documenting the
development and implementation of a faculty handbook that
includes policies related to promotion and tenure (Standard 10)
2) a monitoring report, due March 1, 2009, documenting
(a) steps taken to strengthen shared governance (Standard
4), (b) progress in the implementation of the new administra-
tive structure and reorganization (Standard 5), and (c) steps
taken to improve communication to all campus constituen-
cies regarding shared governance and the new administra-
tive structure (Standards 4 and 5). A visit may follow submis-
sion of the monitoring report
3) an early staff visit to discuss the Commission's expec-
tations for reporting.
4) the completion of a Periodic Review Report, which is
due June 1, 2012.
UVI has been accredited since 1971. Accreditation con-
tinues to be of the utmost importance to the University.
Dec. 21-Jan. 2 Year End Recess UVI Closed
Jan. 4 Festival Children's Parade STX
Jan. 7 Three Kings Day UVI Closed
Jan. 8 New Student Orientation STT/STX
Jan. 12 Kassav at Reichhold Center STT
Jan. 14 Spring Classes Begin STT/STX
UVI Professor of Public Administration Dr. Sunday
Odezah, left, shares a li,,h ii aih SBDCBusiness Coun-
selor Mary Joe Williams at the St. Thomas campus holi-
day party on Dec. 16. The party was held in the Admin-
istration and Conference Center. The St. Croix campus
holiday party was held on Dec. 8, at the Palms at Peli-
Woodworks in Action UVI Alumna Publishes Book
UVI alumna Henrita Barber takes readers on a very per-
sonal and reflective look at life in her new book, Musings of
~ an Island Girl: A Collection of Articles on Life, Love &
Family Originally Published in the Virgin Islands Daily
News 1999-2006, published by Author House.
In one of the articles, the national award-winning "Six
SGenerations Raised in a Closed Circle of Love," Barber
chronicles her family's history over 160 years starting from
the mid-1800s in the British Virgin Islands. In the more nos-
talgic "Savan My Home of Heart," she reminisces about
her childhood in "paradise," growing up on St. Thomas in the
Michael Delvisco, top speaks with students about 1950s and '60s prior to the tourism boom. "Everybody knew
woodworking at the Second Annual Virgin Islands each other back then," she says. "It was the perfect example
Woodworkers Expo held Dec. 7-9 on the UVI St. Croix o a v r t c .
Sof a village raising the child.
campus. Bottom, items made by woodworker Carol
Spanner. The expo alternates between Thomas and Musings of an Island Girl compiles a myriad of topics
St. Croix each year relevant to everyday life, including the passing of time, des-
peration, love, gaining respect for women, middle-age blues,
overcoming fear, mental illness and a dab of politics. Barber
highlights the heartbreaking experience of losing a loved one,
discovering family history and connections, the impact of Sept.
........ ... 11 and the difficulty of raising a son with a developmental
disability and few available resources. Barber also shares over
35 personal photographs with readers, some dating back to
the early 1900s.
Barber is a recent retiree from the Virgin Islands Depart-
ment of Education and the mother of two grown children. She
is also a church pianist and volunteers her time with the men-
More information about Musings of an Island Girl can
be found at www.musingsofanislandgirl.com.
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