Thanksgiving Comes Early to ECSU
North Carolina’s State budget was signed into law on November 19, and ECSU is pleased to announce that it makes significant investments in the university and its students. The university will receive more than $140 million to support the institution’s high-quality, affordable academic programs that enhance the quality of life and drive economic development in the region and across North Carolina.
“This budget invests in the future of ECSU’s students, faculty, staff, and our community,” says ECSU Chancellor Karrie G. Dixon. “It is crucial we have state-of-the art facilities and academic resources to develop our nation’s leaders. The funding included in the State budget will help our campus thrive, allow us to make necessary repairs and renovations, and support academic innovation and programs.”
ECSU Budget / Project Highlights
- ECSU offers the only four-year Aviation Science degree in North Carolina. The university’s signature aviation program continues to grow, and the $34 million included in the State budget will allow ECSU to build a state-of-the art facility for academic instruction and training.ECSU’s aviation graduates are pilots, air traffic controllers, airport managers, avionics technicians, flight instructors, drone operators, and much more. These positions provide stability for families, support the continued vitality of the region, and lay the groundwork for lifelong learning.
- A new dining facility, new residence hall, and repair/renovation projects will provide future Vikings with the comfort, safety, and convenience needed for their well-being. The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is a priority for ECSU, and these investments will enhance student activities inside and outside of the classroom.
- A five percent (5%) base pay increase over two years for faculty and staff, as well as a one-time $1,000 COVID bonus for all employees. There will be an additional $500 one-time COVID bonus for all law enforcement officers, as well as employees making less than $75,000 year. We appreciate this acknowledgement of the amazing, dedicated community serving our students at ECSU.
- A sky bridge over the busy Herrington Road and Weeksville Road intersection will allow students living in the Viking Village residence halls to safely cross. The sky bridge will be a welcome safety improvement.
- The North Carolina Department of Justice is receiving $1.5 million to conduct a study for creating a regional crime laboratory on the ECSU campus. The lab would serve law enforcement, and provide ECSU’s criminal justice majors with the opportunity to enjoy a hands-on experience with criminal forensics experts.
- The State budget will continue to fund the NC Promise Tuition Program. This initiative makes higher education affordable and accessible for both in-state and out-of-state students, while reducing student debt overall. In-state students pay only $500 tuition per semester, and the cost for out-of-state students is $2,500 tuition per semester. The budget provides $15 million for the 2021-2022 school year, and another $20 million for 2022-2023. ECSU will receive a portion of these funds to help support current and future students.
“Our remarkable students, dedicated faculty and staff, and supportive alumni and community will greatly benefit from this historic budget. Thank you to the North Carolina General Assembly under the leadership of Senator President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and Speaker Tim Moore, as well as Governor Roy Cooper and UNC System President Peter Hans. This is a great day for ECSU, and the vitality of northeastern North Carolina,” says Dixon.