Elizabeth City State University awarded $2.1 million grant to expand high-speed connectivity in underserved communities

BY: - February 1, 2023

Elizabeth City State University has been awarded $2.1 million for a two-year program to help expand Internet connectivity in rural and underserved minority communities. The grant, announced Tuesday, is one of 12 the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is giving to historically minority-serving colleges and universities as part of its Connecting […]

UNC System asks legislature for $24.3 million to expedite professors’ retirement, improve on-time graduation rates

BY: - January 25, 2023

As the North Carolina General Assembly begins its legislative session in earnest this week, the UNC System is requesting additional money to reduce salary costs at universities and help students graduate on time. The UNC Board of Governors is asking for a one-time appropriation of $16.8 million to incentivize eligible professors to retire, and a recurring $7.5 million to assist students at five campuses that need to shore up their on-time graduation rates.

Rev. William Barber to lead new center at Yale Divinity School

BY: - December 20, 2022

Rev. William Barber, former head of the N.C. NAACP, will lead a new center at the Yale Divinity School. Barber announced the creation of the Center for Public Theology & Public Policy in a Twitter post Monday, saying it will “prepare a new generation of moral leaders to be active participants in creating a just […]

FBI confirms a single juvenile suspect behind most bomb threats to dozens of HBCUs

BY: - November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — The FBI has officially announced that a single minor youth is the main suspect in most racially motivated bomb threats to dozens of Historically Black Colleges and Universities earlier this year that terrorized students. The FBI in a statement on Monday did not release any further details — only that the individual is […]

Elizabeth City State University records new eight year peak for students, continuing recovery from enrollment struggles

BY: - September 9, 2022

Elizabeth City State University recorded 2,149 students this academic year, the school announced this week – the highest student count in eight years. ECSU, the smallest of the UNC System’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) faced enrollment struggles since its peak of about 3,000 students, but has recently seen a period of growth, with […]

Elizabeth City State University receives more than $100K for library updates, digitizing historical documents

BY: - August 25, 2022

Elizabeth City State University has received more than $100,000 in grants for two library-related projects. The university will use the money to update the digital inventory and self-checkout systems at its G.R. Little Library as well as becoming a satellite office for the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center’s work digitizing historical documents, photographs and newspapers. The […]

ECSU gets $50K grant, forms task force on supporting older students

BY: - April 21, 2022

Elizabeth City State University is using a $50,000 grant from the UNC System to revamp how they appeal to and support older students finishing their degrees. The smallest of the UNC System’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), ECSU already has a significant number of undergraduate students outside the traditional 18-21 age range – about […]

Elizabeth City State University to offer $1,000 housing grants to on-campus students

BY: - April 14, 2022

Elizabeth City State University is providing a one-time $1,000 housing grant to each student living on campus in in the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters, the university announced Thursday. The smallest of the five Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) in the UNC system by enrollment, ECSU has seen the same recent bump in […]


A “sweeping and disturbing” UNC-Chapel Hill investigation, NC nurse practitioners seek autonomy, and history is made on the nation’s highest court: The week’s top stories on Policy Watch

BY: - April 8, 2022

In this issue: 1. Hampered by opposition from doctors‘ groups, nurse practitioners want to change state law to give them more freedom to treat patients Cindy Cross was diagnosed with breast cancer about 15 years ago and found compassionate medical care when she first visited Michelle Taylor Skipper’s office in Laurinburg. Cross has been a […]

UNC Board of Governors raises cap on out-of-state admissions at UNC System HBCUs

BY: - April 7, 2022

More out-of-state students will soon be able to attend historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the UNC System. On Thursday the UNC System Board of Governors voted to raise the caps on out-of-state admissions  at three of the system’s five HBCUS – North Carolina A&T, North Carolina Central University and Elizabeth City State University. […]

Most HBCU bomb threats may be coming from one juvenile, FBI official tells Congress

BY: - March 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — A top FBI official told members of a U.S. House panel on Thursday that the agency believes a single juvenile is behind most of the bomb threats made to more than 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Ryan Young, executive assistant director of the Intelligence Branch at the FBI, said that the bomb […]

U.S. House condemns bomb threats made against HBCUs

BY: - March 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning the weeks-long chain of bomb threats made to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The resolution, sponsored by North Carolina Democratic Rep. Alma Adams, is in response to the more than 30 bomb threats made at dozens of HBCUs, with an uptick throughout Black History […]