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.
The value of ECU partnerships to the community and the university is illustrated in the stories that many of the partners developed. Annually, ECU chooses five stories to submit to UNC GA to illustrate the value and effectiveness of community partnerships. These stories are chosen by a selection committee from the more than 40 submitted annually to the Office of Public Service and Community Relations. The 2013 Success Stories have been uploaded here.