The legal authority and operating control of the institution are clearly defined for the following areas within the institution’s governance structure: institution’s mission.

Judgment of Compliance:
In compliance 



The current University of North Carolina system (hereafter, the University) dates from 1971, when the General Assembly completely restructured higher education in North Carolina, bringing all state-supported institutions of higher learning, including East Carolina University, into a single system governed by the University’s Board of Governors (BOG).

In accordance with North Carolina General Statute 116-11, the BOG is responsible for the general determination, control, supervision, management, and governance of all affairs of the University’s 17 constituent institutions, including ECU.  The BOG is required by North Carolina General Statute 116-11 to ensure that adequate financial resources are devoted to higher education; to develop, prepare, and present to the Governor and the General Assembly a single, unified, recommended budget for all the constituent institutions; and to set tuition and fees at the constituent institutions. The BOG approves academic programs and mission statements at all its constituent institutions, including ECU.

Powers, duties and responsibilities of the ECU Board of Trustees (BOT) are defined in Appendix 1 of the UNC Code and include the appointment and compensation of senior academic and administrative personnel, conferral of tenure, awarding of degrees, approval of plans and specifications of capital construction projects, and recommendations for tuition and fees. In addition to powers and duties as defined and delegated by the BOG, the ECU BOT serves as adviser to the BOG on matters pertaining to the institution and advises the Chancellor concerning the management and development of the institution, as described in North Carolina General Statute 116-33.

Pursuant to Section 301 C of the Code, the Committee on Educational Planning, Policies, and Programs makes recommendations to the BOG in all areas pertaining to the development of a coordinated system of higher education in North Carolina, including:

  1. The definition of mission and assignment of functions of each constituent institution;
  2. The review of requests for the initiation of new degree programs and recommendations for the termination of existing programs;
  3. The provision of supportive services, facilities, and other resources for the instructional, research, and public service programs of the constituent institutions.


ECU’s mission was approved by the ECU BOT (ECU-BOT minutes, November 21, 2008) and the BOG (UNC-BOG minutes, November 13, 2009). The approval of the mission statement by the BOG was communicated to the Chancellor by memo on November 19, 2009. The mission statement reads as follows:

To serve as a national model for public service and regional transformation by:




Reference Title


Appendix 1 of the UNC Code

BoT Appendix 1


ECU-BOT minutes, November 21, 2008 BOT 11-21-08-Minutes

North Carolina General Statute 116-11

NCGS 116-11


North Carolina General Statute 116-33

NCGS 116-33


Section 301 C of the Code

The Code, Section 301C


UNC-BOG memo, November 19, 2009

UNG-BOG memo

UNC-BOG minutes, November 13, 2009

BOG Nov 09 minutes