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ECU best for vets in recent ranking

East Carolina University is a top college for veterans in a variety of programs, according to recent rankings by College Factual, a source of data analytics and insights on college outcomes.

ECU was third out of 56 colleges reviewed by College Factual in its 2019 Best Colleges for Vets in North Carolina analysis. This puts ECU in the top 5 percent of all schools in the state for veteran friendliness, the organization said.

ECU also is ranked 55 out of 1,820 schools for veterans among all colleges and universities reviewed by College Factual.

The rankings were developed to highlight schools that offer quality outcomes in a specific major while also offering support and resources to help veterans and active-duty military students thrive, the organization said.

In all, ECU is listed as a top college in categories ranging from veteran friendly to best of the best in the following program areas: public health, management information systems, physiology, teacher education subject specific, music, physical education, biology, computer information systems, psychology, fine arts, liberal arts, communication, nursing, social work, finance, criminal justice, business administration, hospitality management, and human development and family studies.

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-by Crystal Baity, ECU News Services

Graduate programs earn high marks in national ranking

Graduate programs in biology, business, education, medicine, nursing, public administration and social work at East Carolina University have been recognized among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. (Photo by Cole Dittmer)

Graduate programs in biology, business, education, medicine, nursing, public administration and social work at East Carolina University have been recognized among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. (Photo by Cole Dittmer)

Graduate programs in biology, business, education, medicine, nursing, public administration and social work at East Carolina University have been recognized among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report.

The new 2019 Best Graduate Programs were announced March 20.

ECU’s Brody School of Medicine was ranked 32nd in the nation in primary care. Nursing was ranked 112th for its master’s degree program and 101st for its doctorate of nursing program. Education was ranked 164th. The part-time MBA program was ranked 201st.

ECU’s master of public administration, listed under public affairs in the annual guide, ranked 135th and tied with 19 other schools. Social work was tied with 26 other schools and ranked 147th. Biology, listed under biological sciences, ranked 175th and tied with 14 other schools.

The ranking methodology varies by discipline but considers a variety of factors including peer assessment, acceptance rates, standardized test scores and grade point averages of incoming students as well as faculty resources and research activity.

Also included in the listings are ECU graduate programs that were published in previous years but are not new rankings:

Audiology, 53rd; clinical psychology, 143rd; fine arts, 104th; library science, 43rd; nursing-anesthesia, 29th; nursing-midwifery, 15th; occupational therapy, 88th; physician assistant studies, 70th; physical therapy, 46th; speech-language pathology, 92nd; and rehabilitation counseling, 18th.

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-by Crystal Baity, ECU News Services

Free speech gets the ‘green light’ at ECU

East Carolina University has earned the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s (FIRE’s) highest, “green light” rating after changing four campus policies to meet First Amendment standards. The state of North Carolina now has six institutions with this rating, more than any other state.

“ECU is the latest university to tell students and faculty that free speech and open debate are welcome on campus,” said Laura Beltz, FIRE’s policy reform program officer. “FIRE is thrilled to see so many universities in North Carolina take concrete steps to preserve First Amendment rights on campus, and we are happy to work with any other college or university to protect student and faculty speech rights.”

After ECU’s Craig Malmrose, a professor in the School of Art and Design, asked the university to revise its “yellow light” speech codes, administrators at the 29,000-student university revised four policies in accordance with FIRE’s recommendations.

ECU joins 32 other colleges and universities that earn a green light rating because their written policies do not imperil student and faculty expression, according to FIRE’s Spotlight database. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte earned the same rating last week, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Central University both earned green light status in May. Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill previously earned FIRE’s highest rating for campus free speech.

“At ECU we are committed to free speech and freedom of expression on our campus,” said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Virginia Hardy. “We want our students, faculty, staff and guests to feel comfortable exercising their rights and exploring their ideas. Allowing the opportunity for freedom of expression and civil discourse around differing views has always been, and continues to be, a mainstay of institutions of higher learning.”

To learn more about the state of free speech on college campuses, see FIRE’s “Spotlight on Speech Codes 2017” report.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending liberty, freedom of speech, due process, academic freedom, legal equality, and freedom of conscience on America’s college campuses.


-by Jules Norwood

ECU named top school for military spouses

East Carolina University has been named one of the top 100 schools in the nation for military spouses.

ECU is the only university in North Carolina to receive Victory Media’s Military Spouse Friendly School designation.


As such, ECU demonstrates “best practices in the education of military spouses and military families,” according to Victory Media, which measured universities on 10 criteria from academic and military family support to offering programs leading to portable career opportunities.

Earning the designation brings great pride, said Rondall Rice, chair of ECU’s Academic Military Affairs Committee, which completed the surveys and compiled information for the designations.

“Having served 29 years in the Air Force, I know the importance of military spouses and families, and the hardships they endure to allow their loved one to serve the nation. Being Military Spouse Friendly recognizes that ECU values their sacrifice and has programs and policies in place to help them achieve their academic goals,” Rice said.

This is the fifth military friendly-related designation this academic year, Rice said, which is a testament to ECU’s campus-wide efforts to make it a welcoming and beneficial place for military students, veterans and their families.

“This specific student population is focused and hard-working, but often face difficulties and unique situations due to their service,” Rice said. “We are proud to work with them all to help them earn their degrees.”

In the fall, the Military Times ranked ECU 28th in its Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 – the highest ranked in North Carolina. ECU also was named a Military Friendly School, which recognizes the top 20 percent of trade schools, colleges and universities that are doing the most to embrace service members, veterans and their families. The other two designations given to ECU are the Military Times’ Best for Vets: Business Schools and Victory Media’s Top 50 Military Friendly Schools for jobs in the pharmaceutical and health care industry.

ECU offers participation in the Veterans Administration Yellow Ribbon Program, which extends GI Bill benefits to cover out-of-state tuition. ECU also has one of only 79 VA-funded Veterans Support on Campus representatives across the nation and the only one in North Carolina.

Other support groups on campus include the student-led Pirate Veterans and the ECU Student Veteran Services office which offers Green Zone training for faculty and staff to increase understanding of military and veteran students and issues they may face in college. ECU also has programs to award academic credit for military training using American Council on Education recommendations. And ECU’s Military Advisory Committee helps raise scholarship money for ROTC and military students and coordinates veterans recognition and military appreciation events.

Victory Media’s Military Friendly Guide is the premier resource used by military personnel and their families when choosing an institution of higher learning. The publication is distributed to all base education centers worldwide and offered to every military member at retirement or transition from service to civilian life. More information about the new designation can be found at

–Crystal Baity

ECU produces most archaeology, maritime professionals

For the third consecutive year, East Carolina University has produced the highest number of new registrants to the Register of Professional Archaeologists.

ECU is one of only a few graduate institutions in the U.S. offering an interdisciplinary master’s degree in maritime history and nautical archaeology, a key reason ECU continues to produce the highest number of applicants to the RPA. In fact, according to the article on the RPA web site, “In 2015, of the 313 applications received by The Register, 14 were recipients of Master’s degrees in Anthropology and Maritime Archaeology from East Carolina.”

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“The success of the Program in Maritime Studies is due in large part to the quality of our students,” said Dr. Bradley Rodgers, director of the program, housed in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of History. “They are self motivated, ambitious and high energy; you have to be to dive in some of the places we visit, which are seldom ‘Club Med’ environments.”

Researchers in the field of archaeology must apply to become members of the RPA, though not all applicants are accepted. The RPA expects its members to have high standards of research performance and adhere to a specific code of conduct.

Dr. Randy Daniel, chair of the Department of Anthropology said, “The fact that many of our MA archaeology grads are applying to RPA confirms that the training they receive at ECU meets the professional standards required to be listed on the register. Prospective employers of archaeologists, including state and federal agencies as well as private companies, look to the register to identify those archaeologists that meet established professional standards.”

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Alumni of the ECU anthropology program accepted into RPA are Kathryn Parker and Kate Thomas. Alumni accepted into RPA from the ECU program in maritime studies include Jeremy Borrelli, Daniel Brown, Kara Fox Davis, Chelsea Freeland, Stephanie Gandulla, Thomas Horn, James Pruitt, William Sassorossi, Lucas Simonds, Greg Stratton, Jeneva Wright and Caitlin Zant.

For additional information about ECU’s programs in anthropology, visit More information about the program in maritime studies is available at

–Lacey Gray

ECU Risk Management and Insurance program earns national ranking

300 260 11-7-2012 COBCoinJC-31bThe Risk Management and Insurance program at East Carolina University ranks among the top 20 nationally, according to an annual review by Business Insurance. The rankings were published in the news organization’s 2015 Directory of Risk Management and Insurance Schools on Dec. 21.

East Carolina University’s program ranks 16th out of 35 schools in the U.S.

Dr. Stan Eakins, dean of the ECU College of Business, said, “We are incredibly honored to see our newly founded Risk Management and Insurance program earn national recognition. We knew it would happen, just not this quickly. This top ranking is a testament to ECU’s academic excellence and reinforces our leadership in business education across the country.”

Dr. Brenda Wells, director of ECU’s Risk Management and Insurance program, said, “To be ranked nationally after just a few years is a huge accomplishment. Our program has been a collaborative effort involving faculty, students, and industry, and we’re deeply grateful for everyone’s contribution. It goes to show that great things happen when you roll up your sleeves and work together as a team.”

The ECU College of Business began offering a Risk Management and Insurance concentration in 2011 and now has 85 students enrolled. It has emerged as one of the fastest growing programs in the country and has thrived with support from various organizations, including the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina (IIANC) and North Carolina Surplus Lines Association. The IIANC’s most recent gift of $250,000 announced in November will fund ongoing research, endow a second professorship, and complete the funding of an endowed scholarship.

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