Retention Initiatives

ECU Excels

This program, which is offered by each college, recognizes academic achievement for first-semester freshman and transfer students.  Students who have earned the designation of Honor Roll, Dean's List, or Chancellor's list are invited to college recognition celebrations

Freshman Immersion Program (FIP)

The Freshman Immersion Program is designed to enhance the students transition to college, offer study skills assistance, and help students become engaged in activities within the university. A limited number of incoming freshmen are invited to participate in this program.

It Just Takes One

IJTO is an internal campaign for ECU faculty and staff.  There are two facets to this campaign which include (1) an article once a month highlighting a student story about the positive impact of an ECU employee on that student’s experience, and (2) graduating seniors identifying “the person at ECU who made the most significant positive contribution to his/her education.”  The purpose of this campaign is to recognize how one person can make a difference in a student’s life.


Starfish is a retention tool that provides faculty with a means to alert students to their academic status, both positive and negative.  This system also allows for a communication piece to provide information to advisors, counselors, tutoring and residence personnel ensuring that the people on campus who can intervene on behalf of student success are aware.

Student Getting Started Guide
Instructor Getting Started Guide
Faculty Guide - Attendance
Faculty Guide - Zoom In