Education for a New Century
For all that a university hopes to accomplish, there can be no greater goal than to provide students with the opportunity to receive an excellent education.
North Carolina has a long-standing tradition of making just such an education accessible to our citizens. As we move into our second century, East Carolina is committing itself to deliver on that promise for future generations. ECU Access Scholarships will provide greater opportunity for promising students who have been overlooked by existing financial aid and scholarship programs. For North Carolina's best and brightest students, East Carolina will provide exceptional, life-changing educational experiences by strengthening our flagship merit scholarship program, EC Scholars. Even as we remain committed to serving North Carolina, ECU will expand its reach globally by affording our students the opportunity to study abroad and by establishing scholarships and distinguished professorships to attract outstanding students and experts to our campus from around the world.
The Leadership University
East Carolina can proudly point to a long list of alumni who have gone on to serve in vital leadership roles throughout our state and nation.
While this expectation of producing leaders has been long-standing, few universities have been truly intentional in this regard. As we begin our second century, East Carolina is committing itself to become the Leadership University for North Carolina. To do this will require a significant commitment by the university and its supporters. New programs, new scholarships, new curricula, and new student experiences all will be developed to the end that every East Carolina graduate will have practical, applicable leadership experience.
Education is vital. Ideas are important. Ethics are essential. When all of these are combined in their East Carolina experience, our students become empowered with the skills, knowledge, and dedication to change the world.
Economic Prosperity in the East
It is more than just a name. East Carolina is our home. It is part of who we are.
The optimistic spirit and determined drive to succeed are characteristics that the university and the region share. While East Carolina's reach and influence now extend well beyond our immediate region, our commitment to eastern North Carolina has never been stronger. As we enter our second century, the university will build upon our past and work to bring sustainable economic prosperity to the East. This is a major commitment that will require wide-ranging cooperation and support from the entire East Carolina community.
Health Care and Medical Innovation
It was not too long ago that a medical school at East Carolina was little more than a dream.
Today, the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University is consistently ranked as one of the top schools in the nation. Moreover, our College of Allied Health Sciences and College of Nursing provide more health-care professionals in their respective disciplines than any other university in our state. As a result of this work, the quality of health care in our region has improved dramatically. Soon the School of Dentistry will begin to train future dentists, adding an important dimension to ECU's health-care mission.
For all our successes, we must not be complacent. There are tremendous opportunities available to us. We can build new facilities that will enhance our ability to care for patients, equip new labs where cures will be discovered, and provide new classrooms where future physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals will learn from the leading experts.
The Arts, Culture, and the Quality of Life
We all need to be inspired sometimes.
Whether it is a come-from-behind victory by the Pirates or a powerful performance by the ECU Symphony Orchestra, inspirational moments motivate us and draw us together. As East Carolina enters its second century, we recommit ourselves to supporting those things that are so central to our quality of life. As we enter our second century, East Carolina is committed to strengthening our programs in the fine and performing arts, providing more resources and better facilities to develop and showcase talent. Our powerful pride in Pirate athletics will need to be matched with equally powerful financial support if we are to realize the ambitious dreams we have for the program.