Month: April 2013

Literacy across UVI

How literacy impacts success and unique challenges facing UVI students MARKIDA SCOTLAND | Published on UVI VOICE on 9/19/13 ST. CROIX – In the Virgin Islands, 90 to 95 percent of the population is literate. However, according to professors at the University of the Virgin Islands, while the students can all read and write, 88 percent have to take remedial English, which often makes graduating in four years unlikely. “I have about five students that are really stellar,” visiting Professor Alexis Walker, said. “My expectations are stringent, so I would say that out of my 60 students, there are about 16 that are below college level. The rest are just average.” According to Dr. Valerie Combie, an English professor at UVI, being literate is more than just being able to read and write. It all comes down to communication and the students are not aware of this. “I don’t think that students understand the importance of communicating clearly and it affects their writing,” she said. Professor Walker believes that a student’s attitude, their teachers and …