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ECU Ranked No. 2 Among Best Value Colleges for Online IT Degree

February 1, 2016 – East Carolina University has been ranked among the 10 best value colleges for an online information technology (IT) degree by College Values Online. The ranking was published on the organization’s website in January.

East Carolina University was ranked second.

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator database, the 10 best value colleges for an online IT degree were selected and ranked based on graduation rate and net price.

Since its inception in 1907, ECU has evolved from a teachers training school to a national research university. Today, ECU is the third largest public university in North Carolina with more than 27,500 students. The campus now includes more than 160 buildings in four

locations: the central campus, health sciences, athletics, and west research campus. The university’s academic programs are housed in ten colleges and professional schools.

“We are pleased to land on the list of best value colleges for an online IT degree,” says Chancellor Steve Ballard. “This ranking demonstrates the affordable, quality education we offer to all our students at East Carolina.”

ECU’s bachelor’s degree in Business Education with a focus in Information Technologies comprises a comprehensive curriculum that integrates liberal arts – including diverse coursework in art, economics, history, and psychology – with a strong foundation of business and technical coursework. ECU rises to the top of the online IT degree rankings with classes like Finance Information Systems; Administrative Management; and Web Site Design and Development, all of which will prepare students to meet the changing needs of businesses around the world and serve as leaders in workforce preparedness education and information technologies. Read more about the program at the following link: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/ugcat/BCTE.cfm

College Values Online offers practical guidance rooted in careful research and informed by over 20 years of experience in college selection. The site delivers school and program rankings, highlights feature articles on the college experience, and provides career information, as well as a reference section. Researchers interact with multiple data sources like College Navigator, Forbes, Kiplinger, US News & World Report, and Princeton Review. Read the full article at the following link:

http://www.collegevaluesonline.com/rankings/online-it-degree/

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Spring 2016 Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute

East Carolina University’s College of Education Reading Faculty hosted the spring 2016 Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute on Saturday, January 30, 2016, for pre-service and in-service teacher educators from the Latham Clinical Schools Network, a privately funded partnership program that supports the enhancement of 39 school systems in eastern North Carolina.  The Margaret Blount Harvey Institutes are possible through the generosity of Felix and Margaret Harvey, and daughters Leigh McNairy and Sunny Burrows.

Targeting the Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Leaders Board and undergraduate students in the College of Education, this working session provided opportunities for substantial and substantive work focused on literacy and literacy development.  Two sessions were held one for the Literacy Leaders Board and one for undergraduate College of Education students.

Dr. Elizabeth Swaggerty and Dr. Anne Ticknor led the session for the Literacy Leaders Board. Dr. Christy Howard and Dr. Ran Hu helped facilitate the work which focused on the current state of literacy instruction in public schools, the issues and challenges that literacy leaders and teachers face and importantly, session offered an opportunity to share concrete strategies for addressing challenges and moving forward.

Pre-service educators review the development and progression of literacy skills and instruction needed to be successful on the Foundations of Reading test.

Pre-service educators engaged in reviewing the development and progression of literacy skills and instruction needed to be successful on the Foundations of Reading test.

The session for students led by Dr. Kim Anderson, Dr. Johna Faulconer, Dr. Caitlin Ryan with support from Ms. Jean Gore and Ms. Tanya Cannon included a solid review of the development and progression of literacy skills and instruction needed to be successful on the Foundations of Reading test required for licensure in North Carolina.  Dr. Katherine Misulis, Chair of the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education, and History Education, said “While the session for students focused on insuring a solid knowledge base in preparation for the North Carolina Foundations of Reading test, in reality, the session did so much more.  It truly helped our future teachers become more prepared to teach and reinforce literacy skills, and with today’s session, particularly those early literacy skills and strategies focusing on word recognition and identification.”

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Literacy Studies Undergraduates following their working session at the 2016 Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute on Saturday, January 30.  Pictured at the top of the page: Literacy Leaders.

The next Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute will be held September 24, 2016 in Greenville, NC.

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LEHE Faculty contribute to International Literacy Association Blog

Dr. Terry S. Atkinson, Associate Professor in the Department of Literacy Studies, English, and History Education, is a regular contributor to the International Literacy Association’s Teaching with Technology Blog.  Her most recent entry, “Inspiration and Motivation with Technology in the Midst of Constant Change” went live on January 8, 2016 and features research she conducted with LEHE colleague, Dr. Elizabeth Swaggerty.

http://www.literacyworldwide.org/blog/literacy-daily/2016/01/08/inspiration-and-motivation-with-technology-in-the-midst-of-constant-change

The International Literacy Association’s Teaching with Technology Blog is maintained by members of the Technology in Literacy Education Special Interest Group (TILE-SIG).

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MAEd High School Mathematics Cohort Students Present at NCCTM Conference

The North Carolina Council Teachers of Mathematics held their state conference November 5 – 6, 2015 in Greensboro, NC. A delegation of over twenty MAEd High School Mathematics Cohort students were among those representing ECU as presenters at this event. These students are all practicing teachers with a range of experience from first year to two decades in the classroom.  The MAEd High School Mathematics Cohort students represent local school districts in Beaufort, Craven, Carteret, Edgecombe, Greene, Nash-Rocky Mount, Onslow, Pitt, and Wayne counties. The theme for the conference was Principles to Action in Action, and their presentation focused on “Principles to Practice in High School Math Classes”.  Conference participants shared original, research-based mathematical tasks and lesson materials that captured the mathematics teaching practices outlined in Principles to Action: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (NCTM, 2014). The active engagement between presenters and attendees provided participants with a greater appreciation of the exciting happenings in eastern North Carolina high school mathematics classrooms and graduate education at ECU!

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Dr. Ellen Dobson Serves on National Taskstream Panel

Photos Courtesy of Taskstream

In June 2015, Dr. Ellen Dobson, Assistant Director in the COE Office of Assessment and Accreditation, was an invited panelist at Taskstream’s CollabEx Live in New York City. Dr. Dobson participated on a panel addressing CAEP standards and program assessment with Mel Horton of Central Connecticut State University and Courtney Peagler of Taskstream. She also led a roundtable discussion on the use of Taskstream in preparation for the CAEP accreditation process.

In addition to serving on  the panel, Dr. Dobson was also recently recognized as a Taskstream Knowledge Ambassador. This group is a collection of Taskstream clients and advocates who are especially committed to advancing assessment and continuous improvement on their campuses. They work together to promote dialogue and engagement around best practices in assessment.

ECU has used Taskstream since 2009.

Ellen Dobson Leading Discussion

Dr. Lori Flint

Dr. Lori Flint Elected to National Position

National Association of Gifted ChildrenDr. Lori Flint, of East Carolina University’s Department of Special Education, Foundations and Research, has been elected chair-elect of the Counseling and Guidance Network of the National Association for Gifted Children.

The mission of this network is to address the critical need for attention to the affective needs of the gifted individual, and not just their academic needs. This Network is dedicated to eliciting the social and emotional growth of individuals who are gifted and talented.In addition, it also emphasizes the planning and implementation of a variety of systems and services for meeting those needs.

Dr. Flint also researches, writes about, and delivers professional development on social-emotional teaching and learning.

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College of Education Alumni lead the pack of East Carolina University Alumni on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn has ventured into the higher education world in a way that allows institutions to connect not only with alumni and current students but with prospective students as well. It has gathered data from all profiles where education has been associated with East Carolina University and allowed the data to be searchable. If you go to ECU’s Higher Education LinkedIn page you will see that COE grads are on top of the list for where they work and what they doECU LinkedIn profile

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Dr. Chambers Awarded the FSP Spring 2015 Arronette White Tuition Scholarship

Nat_Center_Faculty_Dev_Div_LogoThis Spring, Dr. Crystal Chambers, of the Educational Leadership Department, will participate in the 2015 Faculty Success Program (FSP) sponsored by the National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development (NCFDD).

The purpose of the program is to support faculty towards increasing overall productivity while attaining a healthy work/life balance. Dr. Chambers is attending courtesy of the Faculty Success Program Spring 2015 Arronette White Tuition Scholarship.

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College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony – May 9, 2015

The College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. The faculty and staff of the College of Education are pleased to present a special Graduate Recognition Ceremony (GRC) for our graduates. The ceremony will feature individual recognition of College of Education students receiving degrees. Friends and families of the graduates are cordially invited to attend. It is not necessary for graduates or guests to RSVP for this event. Tickets are not required to attend the ceremony.

For University Commencement Ceremony details and information about the ECU Commencement Weekend, please visit http://www.ecu.edu/commencement.