Oct. 10, 2023  


Leha Byrd

ECSU Communications and Marketing  

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The U.S. Department of Education awarded Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) more than $903,000 to continue investing in its online and distance education offerings. Funding was awarded under the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act.

Currently, through distance education mediums, ECSU offers a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security, a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Education in Elementary Education. Increased enrollment, retention and graduation rates are the planned by product of expanded online pedagogy and implementation, university officials said. 

The funding keeps ECSU in step with the national trend of online learning. According to a recent Forbes article, online learning is on the rise in the U.S. In 2021, approximately 60% of all postsecondary degree seekers took at least some online classes and around 30% studied exclusively online. Futuristically, more students are seeking online learning as their first choice.  

“FUTURE grant funding is an invaluable investment in ECSU, HBCU’s, and minority-serving institutions nationwide. Students are receiving enhanced educational opportunities and a competitive edge in the job market as well as preparation for graduate school,” said Annemarie Delgado, director of Sponsored Programs, Contracts, and Grants.


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