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East Carolina University serves a sizable constituency of students, faculty, staff, and private citizens in North Carolina. To do so effectively requires strong leadership and a dynamic administration dedicated to the ideals set forth by our founders more than 100 years ago.
ECU has charted a course for unprecedented prominence. We will be America's next great national university. Beyond the horizon, there is much to learn, there is discovery, and there is a more significant opportunity than can be imagined. This has been the case for more than 110 years. Like the Pirates who have gone before us, those whose shoulders we stand upon, ECU seeks the greater good that lies beyond our limited vision. It is our mission.
At ECU, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure the health and wellbeing of the citizens of our region and beyond. This is how we define the greater good that lies out there and that we collectively seek our teaching, research, and service.
Please make no mistake; the accomplishments of our talented students, faculty, and alumni have a global impact. We set high expectations for our institution, and we now stand as a model to the world for our commitments to student success, public service, and regional transformation. I am more confident than ever that ECU is America's next great national university, a recognition that will naturally derive from our willingness and ability to solve problems.
Capture Your Horizon is our strategic plan for 2017–2022. It reflects our mission and serves as a proclamation of our commitments to the challenges set forth by the UNC system in its strategic plan, Higher Expectations. We acknowledge the metrics established by the system and have aligned them with the values that define our university. This publication outlines our mission, commitments, and stewardship. It also emphasizes the distinctiveness of our contributions and the metrics by which we will measure the distance traveled as we move toward that horizon and the greater good.
Choose from a range of academic programs available through our colleges and schools. Degree programs are offered at the undergraduate, master's, specialist, and doctoral levels.
Like other major public universities across this country, East Carolina University has a mission of instruction, scholarship and research, service, and engagement. The vision for ECU directs the institution to achieve leadership in a selected number of strategic directions while delivering excellent undergraduate and graduate degree programs and making significant contributions to the economic vitality of eastern North Carolina and beyond. Get quick access to information that can help you make one of the most exciting choices of your life-your college major or graduate degree program. Degree Explorer provides you a closer look at each of our degree programs, so you'll be confident with the information you need to decide.
Joyner Library provides collections, services, and spaces that support the research, teaching, and service goals of East Carolina University, with a primary focus on the colleges within the Division of Academic Affairs. Laupus Health Sciences Library provides health sciences information, resources, and services for eastern North Carolina with a primary focus on colleges and schools within the Division of Health Sciences. The Music Library serves the music-related needs of East Carolina University and the region, primarily the School of Music and the School of Theatre and Dance.
In addition to campus- and community-based opportunities, ECU students and faculty embark on study-abroad trips to underserved regions of Guatemala and Nicaragua to deliver health care and education. Six ECU graduate students are among 30 Schweitzer Fellows from North Carolina and 240 nationwide who will spend the next year developing projects that will impact local migrant farmworkers, prenatal oral health, and veterans' quality of life. Carmen Russoniello, director of ECU's Center for Applied Psychophysiology, was awarded the 2015 James E. Holshouser Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service for his work using biofeedback to treat wounded warriors with PTSD. Students have recorded more than 72,000 hours of volunteer work in the community over the past three years, working with more than 230 community partners.
Through a grant from the Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast, ECU faculty members have educated, screened, and treated more than 1,000 eastern North Carolina women for breast cancer — targeting underinsured Latina and African American women. Biology professors Keith Keene and Michael Brewer are working to identify genetic markers that indicate a greater risk of recurrent stroke through a $450,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Professor Michael McCoy, along with a team of researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University, Radford University, and McMaster University, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and test models that will help scientists understand the predator's effects diversity on ecosystems. ECU's planned East Carolina Research and Innovation Campus will provide space for the university, high-tech industries, and other partners to discover and produce innovations.

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