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Vision Statement, Mission Statement, and Our Core Values

About ECSU

Vision Statement

ECSU, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, will be the premier public institution serving northeastern North Carolina, providing affordable academic programs and services of exceptional caliber in a nurturing environment. The university will attract and retain a diverse and highly qualified faculty that will educate and lead our students to become productive members of a global and increasingly interdependent society. ECSU will continue to be a leading partner in enhancing educational and cultural opportunities and improving the economic strength in the region.

Mission Statement

Elizabeth City State University, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, offers baccalaureate, graduate, and professional programs for a diverse student body. The institution's rich heritage provides a firm foundation for its educational endeavors, as well as its role in serving the needs and aspirations of individuals and society.

Through teaching, research, and community engagement, Elizabeth City State University provides a student-centered environment, delivered in a manner that enhances student learning, while preparing its graduates for leadership roles and lifelong learning. The university is also a leader in facilitating sustainable economic growth, while safeguarding the unique culture and natural resources of the region.

Our Core Values

ECSU is guided by a commitment to excellence, which is personified in the subsequent group of core values the university strives to demonstrate and maintain.

  • Accountability - being responsible for our actions is part of the ECSU ethos. Administration, faculty, staff and students
    endeavor to continue to expand on the Quality already in existence at the university;
  • Diversity - Diversity of viewpoints, experiences, and backgrounds are critical tools of a quality education in our global marketplace;
  • Excellence - Excellence is the measure for teaching, learning, and service to the university community; and
  • Preparing students holistically - the full measure of personal, professional, and social development of our students, faculty, and staff is an integral part of the ECSU philosophy: "to live is to learn."

Institutional Goals 2009 - 2014