audit report update
MESSAGE FROM THE CHANCELLOR
Elizabeth City State University is on track with its compliance of a state and internal audit report, and has resolved issues identified by both the state auditor’s office, and UNC-GA.
The state audit report, issued by North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood in 2016, cited that ECSU had awarded financial aid to ineligible students. The audit report recommended that ECSU provide training and monitor staff to ensure appropriate handling of financial aid requirements.
The university has responded by implementing staff training and the use of AdmissionsPros, a web-based software designed to manage the recruitment and admissions process. The software assists in providing appropriate student information, and identifies a student’s qualifications for financial aid.
The internal audit was issued by UNC-GA’s Office of Compliance and Audit Services in February 2016. According to the report, 21 findings were identified and recommendations were included, designed to assist ECSU in remediating those findings, and establishing a more effective management process in the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid.
During a November 2016 follow-up to the initial report, four of the 21 areas were presented as resolved, with 17 remaining partially resolved, but on their way toward completion prior to the May 31, 2017 deadline.
We are approaching the final stages of a set of audit challenges presented to me when I began my role as Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University. The University has addressed in good faith, and effectively, what I believe were legitimate findings by the auditing agencies. The lessons we have learned will help the University be better at managing the effective operations.”
We will continue to work toward resolving the remaining 17 findings and will submit the items for review and comment prior to the deadline and continue to review all of these areas on a regular basis. ECSU is well prepared for the 90-day follow-up on both audit reports.
Dr. Thomas E. H. Conway, Jr.