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ECC Signs Co-admission Agreement with ECU

Signing the co-admission agreement between Edgecombe Community College and East Carolina University are (from left) Dr. Harry Starnes, Mark Lorence, ECC; Dr. Cecil Staton, ECU; and Michael Jordan, ECC.

Edgecombe Community College has signed a co-admission agreement with East Carolina University.

The agreement is designed to improve transfer student access and success through a collaborative degree completion program.

Students apply to Edgecombe Community College and East Carolina University simultaneously and commit to maintaining full-time status. Upon completing an associate degree, they will seamlessly transition into degree-completion programs at ECU.

The ECC/ECU agreement brings the total number of co-admission agreements between East Carolina and NC community colleges to 16.

“Students at Edgecombe Community College are increasingly looking to continue their education at four-year institutions after completing their first two years with us,” says Dr. Harry Starnes, vice president of instruction at ECC. “We are excited about East Carolina’s co-admissions program, which will further support community college students focused on transferring.

“With this program, we are pleased that our participating students will be given extra support and direction from East Carolina while they are still completing their two-year degree at Edgecombe. This extra support and direction will make the transition for our students to East Carolina more successful.”

In addition to saving money by completing the first two years of a four-year degree at a community college, benefits to students include access to ECU libraries and programming through the ECU Office of Student Activities and other organizations, ECU One Card eligibility, joint financial aid counseling and micro-scholarship opportunities, joint academic advising, and a waiver of the ECU transfer application fee.

Participating community colleges include Beaufort County Community College, Carteret Community College, College of the Albemarle, Craven Community College, Edgecombe Community College, Halifax Community College, Johnston Community College, Lenoir Community College, Martin Community College, Nash Community College, Pamlico Community College, Pitt Community College, Roanoke-Chowan Community College, Sampson Community College, Wayne Community College, and Wilson Community College.

“This is precisely the sort of collaboration we need to better serve the people of North Carolina and the east in particular,” says Dr. Cecil Staton, ECU chancellor. “We cannot be successful and continue to produce capable and engaged citizens who will go out across the communities of this state and make a difference if we don’t have a vital partnership with our community college system. We value what you do, we value your students, and we value our partnership.”