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Elizabeth City State University officials may soon place the university’s flagship teacher education program under a microscope to ensure graduates are ready to meet the challenges of teaching in the rural school districts of northeastern North Carolina.

ECSU Trustee Jan King Robinson told the Phase 2 Working Group during the panel’s meeting Wednesday that school superintendents in the region have told her they’re not happy with many ECSU School of Education graduates who are coming to work in their school districts.

At the same meeting, however, ECSU Provost Vann Newkirk said he believes the university is already far along toward establishing its School of Education as an “education powerhouse.” Newkirk noted the university is working with community colleges to educate “homegrown teachers” in the region’s rural counties.

The ECSU 2 plus 2 program allows community college students in the region to earn the first two years of their teacher education degree from a community college and then the final two years from ECSU — without leaving their community college campus. Newkirk said that is important for prospective teachers who are “place-bound.”

Asked later about her comments, Robinson said she had not conducted a survey of superintendents but had received anecdotal feedback from one or two superintendents. She noted that Steven Long of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors had mentioned hearing similar feedback from a superintendent.

She said she wants ECSU trustees to become informed about the needs of the university’s Department of Education and about how it might work more closely with school districts across the region. She noted those districts are the primary end-users of ECSU School of Education graduates.

ECSU trustees understand their role is to “ask the hard questions” in order to better understand university operations and to look for new collaborative efforts — or ways to strengthen existing collaborations, according to Robinson. Trustees also need to understand the university’s needs in order to advocate for the resources necessary to strengthen university programs, she said.

The issue of teacher education came up at Wednesday’s Working Group meeting during a discussion about a proposed feasibility study for allied health and nursing programs. Robinson, a former administrator at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, said she thought the feasibility of adding allied health programs at ECSU is worth studying — but not nursing.

Robinson said the potential demand for an ECSU nursing program has diminished now that College of The Albemarle, which offers an associate degree program in nursing, has forged agreements with East Carolina University and Old Dominion University for its nursing students to complete a bachelor of nursing degree online.

Dixon said the full Board of Trustees plans to discuss the potential feasibility study for nursing. She also said she agrees that the university doesn’t want to lose sight of its education program since helping train teachers is what the university was founded to do.