ECU's strategic vision and plan focus on the university's role in collaborating with the external communities it serves. The Office of Public Service and Community Relations is one point of contact for external communities. The office works with communities to develop a match between the community's needs and the expertise of ECU's faculty, staff, and students.
Dr. Sharon Rogers and Ron Butler, Pitt County Schools Athletic Director received an award for their six year partnership
In 2013, ECU featured sixty sustained partnerships in the annual University of North Carolina Community Engagement and Economic Development metrics initiative and 15 in the 2014 Carnegie application for renewal of engaged university designation. These partnerships met the following criteria: 1) partners from BOTH the university and another non-university sector (but NOT an academic disciplinary society, 2) expressed goals and anticipated and/or achieved outcomes for the university and community partners, 3) knowledge or expertise exchanged across the university and community to meet the goals of the activity, 4) project addressed a specific community interest. In addition, the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center tracks partnerships focused on volunteerism and community based learning.
In order to understand the value of these partnerships to the community and the university, many of the partners developed stories that illustrated the impact of the relationship on both the community and ECU. For example, The Talent Enhancement and Capacity Building program (TECB) is an innovative partnership between East Carolina University (ECU) and the NC Department of Commerce (Commerce) designed to provide technical assistance, training, project support and financial resources that help local governments and non-profit organizations build capacity, increase competitiveness and enhance community and economic vitality. The Lucille W. Gorham Inter-Generational Community Center is a resource for faculty, students and community members and the result is increased student learning, faculty scholarship and strengthened community capacity. Community residents participate in the planning of IGCC programs, and students serve as both volunteers and interns. To find the stories written in 2013, click here.
In the Fall of 2013 ECU hosted a partner feedback session facilitated by Dr. Barbara Holland. Twelve ECU partners attended and provided valuable feedback that is helping ECU be a better partner to its communities. A full text of the partners' comments is found here.
ECU continues to collect a list of partnerships, which can be found here.