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UVI’s Board of Trustees Approves Two New Agriculture Degrees, Increases Online Program Tuition & Elects Hannibal Ware to Serve on the Board

In the regular session of its quarterly meeting on June 19, via Zoom, the  University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees re-elected Henry Smock to serve as chairman and Oran Roebuck as vice-chairman.

“You have earned the confidence of your fellow Trustees and we look forward to your dynamic leadership,” said Board Trustee Dr. Yvonne Thraen.

“I wish to thank the Board for their vote of confidence and thank Chairman Smock for his guidance and leadership. I look forward to another year of progressive growth,” said Vice Chair Roebuck.

At Saturday’s meeting, the Board unanimously approved two new degree programs in the School of Agriculture – the Associate of Applied Science degree program in Horticulture and the Associate of Applied Science degree in Agroecology.

The Associate of Applied Science degree program in Horticulture is a two-year program designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills for a successful career in the horticulture industry.  In addition to providing a solid science foundation for propagation, production, and managing plants, the coursework will provide students with critical hands-on experience, both in the lab and the field.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Agroecology is a two-year interdisciplinary program that will investigate the science and social impact of agroecology in the tropics. The terms agroecology and sustainable agriculture will be explained in detail and defined, and applications of the agroecological perspective to the ecosystems and agriculture unique to the tropics will be discussed.

The Board also voted to increase UVI’s Online Program ( tuition rates and faculty compensation rates. The Online Program’s tuition rate for undergraduate in-territory students will increase from $154 per credit to $225 per credit.  The in-territory graduate per credit hour cost will increase from $386 to $450. There will be no increase for out of territory students.

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI - and from this direct link.