The Elizabeth City State University General Education Program oversees curriculum that aligns with national best practices that prepare and empower students within and beyond their chosen major. Students enroll in a series of courses that broaden their knowledge base and emphasize high-level transferable skills, instill a strong sense of values, ethics, and civic engagement for responsible global citizenship. High impact practices are also a major focus of the program, including: freshman seminars, service learning, academic advising, student portfolios, and learning communities.
The University Studies Peer Tutorial Program has the sole purpose of strengthening student academics in the General Education curriculum. It provides additional support to academic departments to achieve student success.
- Study Rooms: The Tutorial Center now provides study rooms for students who just need a quiet space to review material or read.
- Supplemental Instruction: The Tutorial Center will provide supplemental instruction in several identified General Education courses.
- Tutor Me: ECSU offers free online tutoring assistance to all enrolled students through an online platform called TutorMe. TutorMe provides 24/7 tutorial service from a network of over 6,000 highly qualified and experienced tutors. . The service is accessible to all students through Blackboard.
The Freshman Seminars (UNIV 110 & 120) are mandatory first-year courses offering one credit hour each. They are designed as introductory college courses in which students will have the opportunity to explore the overall building blocks for college success and for future roles as lifelong learners and citizens.
- Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective College Students: Freshmen will discover the 7 Habits in the second semester of Freshman Seminar (Part II)!
Students will have additional support with such topics as Time Management, Study Skills, Financial Planning, etc.
The mission of the ECSU University Studies Service Learning Project is to offer students authentic educational experiences combined with real-life applications. These experiences will afford life-enhancing opportunities to gain foundational knowledge and critical thinking skills while meeting the needs of the campus and local community.
Freshman Seminar instructors serve as First-Year advisors to students enrolled in their course sections. This gives students more interaction with an advisor.
Transfer students are supported through transitional services such as coordination of academic advising, seminars, information exchange, and academic engagement opportunities.
With the addition of professional advisors, University Studies provides additional support to freshmen and transfer students. Additionally, pre-scheduling, block schedules, and academic plans are just a few newly implemented services.
The University Studies Peer Tutorial Program has the sole purpose of strengthening student academics. The Peer Tutorial Program at ECSU seeks to improve the matriculation rate of students in all courses. Students have the option to participate in individualized or group tutoring. Online tutoring is also available.
The goals of the University Studies Peer Tutorial Program are to:
- Promote academic excellence by providing tutorial services to students’ from trained, academically qualified peer tutors;
- Collaborate with faculty and staff to improve student retention rates as it relates to issues concerning D/F/W rates in general education courses;
- To partner with faculty, departments, and divisions to provide peer tutorial services around campus;
- To provide students with supplemental instruction or individualized tutorial services in a safe, technologically advanced, learning conducive environment.
What is Tutoring?
1. A series of sessions used to evaluate the depth of learner understanding
2. Helpful if done over time
3. A support that builds independent learning
4. A way to stay on track in class(es)
5. A method used to build skills beyond content knowledge
6. For ALL learners
7. Interactive, Collaborative, & Engaging
Tutoring is Not………..
1. A substitution for going to class
2. A quick fix
3. Homework completion time
4. A replacement for the instructor
5. Helpful if you’ve missed several classes
6. Just for “smart” students
7. A life line
Online Tutoring (Tutor.com)
ECSU is proud to offer free online tutoring assistance to all enrolled students through TutorMe. TutorMe is an online tutorial service that provides:
- A network of highly qualified and experienced tutors
- Connect with an expert tutor online 24/7
- Screen sharing capabilities
- Learn from the convenience of your dorm, home or lab
- Available now in Blackboard!
To Access Tutor.Com
- Sign into your Blackboard course
- Click on the Tutor.com logo under Course Tools
- Type in your question or subject area of concern in the Tutor.Com site
Internship opportunities, special scholarships/grants, fellowships, study abroad, etc.
- Viking Achievers Program (second semester freshmen, GPA 2.75+)
- Vikings Elevate (sophomores to seniors, GPA 2.75+)
- Service Learning
ECSU is committed to the success and retention of all students and most especially to the first-year student.
THE FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE (FYE) is a program designed to help new students make the CONNECTION to university life, academic excellence, student activities, programs and events, and resources. The program will more clearly define common experiences for all new students and provide a more coordinated and integrated approach to the first-year experience.
The Viking FYE, which begins at New Student Orientation, is the start of the student's journey toward the adjustment to college and the achievement of academic, personal, and career goals.
In addition to First Year Academic Advising, freshmen students can look forward to:
- Freshman Seminar I & II: The Freshman Seminars (UNIV 110 & 120) are mandatory first-year courses offering one credit hour each. They are designed as introductory college courses in which students will have the opportunity to explore the overall building blocks for college success and for future roles as lifelong learners and citizens.
- Service Learning: The mission of the ECSU University Studies Service Learning Project is to offer students authentic educational experiences combined with real-life applications. These experiences will afford life-enhancing opportunities to gain foundational knowledge and critical thinking skills while meeting the needs of the campus and local community.
The Viking FYE encourages first-year students to become involved, committed, and successful members of the university community by participating in the many academic, social, and cultural opportunities available at ECSU. Faculty, staff, and students will provide every new student with the resources and services to achieve academic excellence and success.
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