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College STAR at ECU


College STAR at East Carolina University provides carefully designed support systems for students and faculty  throughout campus that increase opportunities for access to postsecondary education for students with learning differences while initiating changes that increase the potential for success in the college setting for a wide range of learners.  East Carolina University’s vision states that our university “delivers on the promise of opportunity.”  As College STAR creates opportunities for students with learning differences to attend a university and achieve a degree, it represents a very good example of East Carolina University’s commitment to achieve this vision.  Grounded in the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), this project raises awareness of the wide range of learners on the college campus today while providing a variety of supports to not only students but also the faculty who teach them.  East Carolina University’s two-part model includes Project STEPP (Supporting Transition and Education through Planning and Partnerships) and Pirate CREWS (Collaborating for Retention and Engagement With ongoing Support).


Student Supports

  • Project STEPP
  • Assistive Technology (AT)
  • Embedded Lead Tutors

Faculty Supports

  • Instructional Strategy Nominations
  • Faculty Member Recognition
  • Online Module Development
  • Faculty Learning Communities
News and Events

ECU Faculty attend Dr. L. Dee Fink's workshop at Appalachian State University

Faculty members at ASU and ECU are learning together and modifying their course designs to promote academic success for all learners, including those with learning differences. read more


2013 CRLA Mid-South Region Higher Education Summit

On Friday, October 4, 2013 professionals from across the state joined together to share trends in higher education affecting our region. read more


Project STEPP has released a Transition Curriculum

Project STEPP has recently released curriculum materials designed to help high school students with learning differences take one STEPP at a time to prepare for the college setting. read more

College STAR - Supporting Transition Access & Retention

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