Strategic Plan Extension

Student Success, Public Service, and Regional Transformation

East Carolina University is committed to honoring the values that have guided the progress of the university. As we look to the future, we will sharpen our focus on those that are critical to our continued growth.

Among the values that will be key to our success are the following:


We will be a diverse community where intellectual freedom, scholarly discipline, and the rigorous pursuit of knowledge thrive.


Our students, faculty, and staff will demonstrate leadership in their professions and communities.


We will work toward solutions to the challenges of our region, state, and nation.


We will harness the skills and knowledge of our faculty, staff, and students to create a brighter tomorrow for North Carolina.

To be a national model for student success, public service, and regional transformation, East Carolina University:

Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;

Prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;

Develops tomorrow’s leaders to serve and inspire positive change;

Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;

Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and

Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

We accomplish our mission through education, research, creative activities, and service while being good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.

This strategic plan positions East Carolina University as a leading force for academic excellence, economic development, public service, and discovery. The plan that follows is derived from our mission statement and is organized around three commitments:

Maximizing student success

Serving the public

Leading regional transformation

In this plan, our goals are ambitious and bold, but also authentic. We must achieve them with economy and efficiency. As a result of being more intentional and focusing on key priorities, East Carolina University will make the most of faculty, staff, and student expertise and determination to benefit our region and state.