Identification and analysis of goals for a community college by key leaders in the United States Virgin Islands

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

First Committee Member

John H. Croghan, Committee Chair


The purpose of this study was to identify and assess goals for a potential community college in the United States Virgin Islands by key leaders at the University of the Virgin Islands (faculty and administrators), Virgin Islands legislators, and business and industry groups.A survey of community college goals was administered to ninety-six full-time faculty, fifteen administrators, fifteen members of the Virgin Islands legislature, and thirty members of the Chambers of Commerce on St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix. The United States Virgin Islands Community College Goals Survey was adapted from the Community College Goals Inventory of the Educational Testing Service designed by Peterson and Uhl (1977). Survey questionnaires were distributed to all faculty members and administrators at a scheduled faculty meeting. Questionnaires were hand delivered to all senators in the Virgin Islands Legislature and to the Chambers of Commerce Board of Directors at their regular meetings. Participants who were not in attendance received their questionnaires in the mail.The survey was analyzed using frequencies, percentages, means, standard deviations and t-tests. Statistical analysis was computed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences. Responses from the interviews were analyzed by identifying common responses, variety of responses, frequencies and percentages responding.There was congruence among the four groups as to the most important goals for a community college in the Virgin Islands at the.05 level of significance. The goal areas identified were those of general education, vocational/technical preparation, developmental/remedial preparation, lifelong learning, and transfer and articulation. The major supporting factor for the establishment of a community college was the "desire of the community to have more access to educational opportunities." The major factor inhibiting the establishment of a community college was "finance or funding." All groups indicated a high level of support and the need for a community college in the Virgin Islands.


Education, Community College; Education, Administration

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