For almost 40 years, the University of the Virgin Islands has used funding made available through the Title III, Part B program and its predecessor to develop the institution's infrastructural capacity (physical, fiscal and administrative) to better serve its students and the Virgin Islands community. With the inclusion of the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) grant program in 2010, the institution has been able to strategically address institutional challenges.
Some of the projects that have been funded in whole or in part by the UVI Title III and SAFRA programs include:
UVI Center for Student Success - In October 1997, the UVI Freshman Center and Development Program began serving the freshman population. Funded in part by Title III through its Comprehensive Freshman Year Experience Program, the Center is designed to facilitate the students' transition to college life. In 2006, the Freshman Center was transformed to the Campus Advising and Tutorial Services (CATS) Center, which provides advising and tutorial services for all students in need. CATS was later incorporated into the Center for Student Success-a unit that integrates the institutional initiatives and services to support student retention, persistence and success.
Construction of the Music Suite in 1998 - Title III funds were added to a grant from the US Department of the Interior to provide a state-of-the-art facility for music majors at the University, replacing the wing of the metal hangar building that previously housed the Music Program, and which was severely damaged by Hurricane Marilyn in 1995.
Development of the Inter-campus communication system in 1997- This communication system benefits the University by delivering learning opportunities between campuses and into the community. his decreases the University's costs for expenses such as travel for inter-island conferences, and additional staff for lecture classes on both islands.
Development of an Office of Sponsored Programs, Grants, and Contracts-Led by Dr. Gwen-Marie Moolenaar, former provost, this office was created to centralize the acquisition and management of externally funded research, teaching and service activities, in order to increase faculty and staff involvement in applying for and attracting external funds to support institutional initiatives and research projects.
Advancing Learning Environments - Supported by funds from the SAFRA grant program, this project increased the number of technology based classrooms at the University, increasing the number of technology-based classrooms on both campuses from 49 to 80.
St. John Academic Center-In early 2011, with support from the SAFRA grant program, UVI established its first academic presence on the island of St. John. With classrooms in Cruz Bay that are linked by video-conferencing technology to classes on St. Croix and St. Thomas, students that reside on St. John are able to take several of their classes on that island, thereby reducing the need to travel to St. Thomas.
Parallel Computing – With support from the SAFRA grant program, the institution was able to purchase and install equipment that supports computational science courses within the College of Science and Mathematics. This facilitated the development of a Computational Science minor. This project has also enabled students to develop problem-based learning techniques, as the course work also incorporated research topics, providing a competitive edge for acceptance to graduate programs.
ESL (English as a Second Language) Undergraduate Endorsement- This project enhanced the undergraduate teacher education program in the School of Education by including an ESL component in the form of a concentration to its elementary education program. The project supported preparation for teachers' certification and assisted the School of Education with the accreditation mandates recommended by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.