The institution has degree-granting authority from the appropriate government agency or agencies.

 

Judgment of Compliance: In compliance

 

Narrative

 

East Carolina University (hereafter, ECU or the institution) has degree-granting authority from the appropriate government agency.   

 

A brief History of East Carolina University, submitted with the Fifth Year Report in 2009, summarizes the institution’s growth and development.  ECU was established by the General Assembly of North Carolina in 1907 as East Carolina Teachers Training School.  The institution became a four-year college and was renamed East Carolina Teachers College in 1920.  The North Carolina General Assembly granted authority to initiate graduate programs (1929), institute liberal arts programs (1941), change the institutional name, first to East Carolina College (1951), and then to East Carolina University (1967).  In 1971, the North Carolina General Assembly restructured public higher education in North Carolina, making ECU a constituent institution of the consolidated University of North Carolina system (hereafter, UNC or the UNC System).

 

The University of North Carolina has given ECU degree-granting authority since the North Carolina General Assembly established the state higher education system in 1971.  The General Statutes of North Carolina Section 116-4 establishes ECU as one of 17 constituent institutions comprising the UNC. The authority to plan and develop a coordinated system of higher education in North Carolina is vested in the UNC Board of Governors (hereafter, BOG) in accordance with the Constitution of North Carolina Article IX, Section 8.  General Statutes of North Carolina Section 116-11 authorizes the BOG to determine the functions, educational activities, and academic programs of the constituent institutions, such as ECU, and to determine the types of degrees to be awarded.  UNC-GA Code Appendix 1, Section III - Delegations of Duty and Authority to Boards of Trustees confers authority to the 17 institutions such that each institution determines when an individual student has fulfilled the criteria to be awarded a particular degree.

 

ECU is authorized by the BOG to offer certificate programs, baccalaureate, master's, intermediate, and doctoral degrees.  ECU’s academic program inventory is maintained by the Division of Academic Affairs at UNC General Administration.

  
Documentation

 

Reference Title

Location

Academic Program Inventory

API_14May2012

Constitution of North Carolina Article IX, Section 8

Article IX of NC Constitution

General Statutes of North Carolina Section 116-4

GS116-4

General Statutes of North Carolina Section 116-11

GS116-11

History of East Carolina University

Pages from 3.13.4b SACS Fifth-Year Interim Report Part II

UNC-GA Code Appendix 1, Section III

UNC Code Appendix 1 BOT authority