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Community Engagement

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Welcome to the Community Engagement website at ECSU. Since its opening in 1891, the university has maintained a strong and enduring commitment to public service.

Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.

(Adapted from Carnegie Commission and AAC&U)

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Special Honors and Recognitions

President's Higher Education Community Service ECSU has been selected as a recipient of the President's Higher Education Community Service Award, which is bestowed on behalf of the White House. ECSU has earned the recognition each year since the award began in 2006. This past year, ECSU was one of only two North Carolina institutions to receive the award "with distinction.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, an independent policy and research center chartered by Congress in 1906, has recognized NCCU as a Community Engaged Institution in both curricular engagement and community outreach programs. This recognition is indicative of the tremendous impact ECSU has on Elizabeth City and beyond.