ECU Tomorrow: A Vision for Leadership and Service

Dr. Steve Ballard Chancellor

ECU will prepare our students to compete and succeed in the global economy.

An East Carolina education will be a transformative experience.

ECU students will be prepared to compete in the global economy.

  • We will be responsive to the changing demands of the economy, offering excellent undergraduate and graduate programs that provide the global skills and knowledge necessary for success in the twenty-first century.
  • We will provide our students with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, recognizing that foundation as essential for intellectual growth and lifelong learning.
  • In addition to a rigorous education in specific disciplines and skills, we will provide programs and experiences for our students that will develop in them the ability to interact effectively with people from many cultures and backgrounds and to synthesize diverse skills, experiences, and knowledge to solve problems.
  • ECU will internationalize our programs, students, and faculty. We will create a $5 million endowment to support global competencies.

We are committed to student learning and success.

  • We will improve student retention by developing a First-Year Experience program that is one of the best in the nation.
  • We will provide additional support for minority students to build on ECU’s national prominence in minority retention and academic excellence.
  • We will grow the EC Scholars program to include fully endowed scholarships for North Carolina students.
  • We will use meaningful assessments throughout the college experience to ensure that learning is measured and achieved.

We will make an East Carolina education accessible to prospective students and reach out to those who might otherwise be unable to achieve their educational potential.

  • We will work closely with high schools in eastern North Carolina to increase college attendance.
  • We will seek a federal Trio Grant to support the transition of low-income and underserved students from high school to college.
  • We will establish an Early College program that will bring high school students on campus to complete course work and get a head start on a degree.
  • We will work closely with high school guidance counselors to create seamless transition programs for college-bound students and to assess cultural preparedness.
  • We will pursue innovative partnerships through the Office of Admissions to target minority and underrepresented groups.
  • We will create a $5 million endowment to support Access Scholarships.

We are committed to increasing access to higher education for all students.

  • We will expand our distance education programs, delivering a high-quality East Carolina education to the thousands of North Carolinians who cannot be campus residents.
  • We will pilot new programs for first-generation students and underserved populations.
  • We will stress inclusive design of programs and facilities, where possible, to increase access and accommodations for persons within our community, regardless of age, ability, or circumstances.
  • We will tailor programs to the needs of working adults through weekend and distance education models.