COA, ECSU announce new opportunities for student success

Published 5:13 pm Tuesday, May 7, 2024

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Transferring to Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) from College of The Albemarle (COA) will now be easier thanks to three new memorandums of understanding (MOU) signed by both institutions on Thursday.

In a brief ceremony, ECSU Provost Farrah Ward and COA President Jack Bagwell signed two bilateral agreements – one for the bachelor of science in aviation science with a concentration in professional aeronautics and the other for the bachelor of science in aviation science with a concentration in aviation management. The agreements will make it easier for COA students who earn their associate in applied science in aviation systems technology and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale to be admitted to ECSU.

“In 2019, when we were signing articulation agreements with community colleges, Chancellor Dixon and Provost Ward asked, ‘What can we do with COA?’” said Kuldeep Rawat, dean of the School of Science, Aviation, Health and Technology.

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“I’m glad we are finally here today to be able to sign the agreements,” he said.

The connection between the aviation programs at both institutions runs deep. COA students are instrumental in the mechanical maintenance of the aircraft in the ECSU Viking Fleet.

“We’re not in competition with one another; we’re in partnership,” said President Bagwell. “These agreements signify our dedication to fostering seamless pathways for student success and strengthening our relationship with Elizabeth City State University.”

The third document signed was the Viking Advantage Agreement, an admissions and advising partnership between the two institutions designed to improve transfer student access and success through a collaborative baccalaureate degree program for all programs at ECSU.

Viking Advantage is designed to support the ECSU’s ongoing commitment to improving access to baccalaureate degree programs for as many students as possible. This program will offer up to 10 COA transfer students $1,000 scholarships per year. Other benefits for all Viking Advantage students include:

  • access to ECSU transfer admissions counselors at COA
  • improved transfer retention and graduation rates
  • a seamless degree completion pathway
  • improved efficiency to degree completion
  • removal of barriers to student success
  • optimization of student services and resources
  • preparing students for success in a global workforce
  • strengthening the existing partnership between the institutions

COA students who meet the Viking Advantage program requirements will also have guaranteed admission to ECSU upon completion of an associate in arts, an associate in science, an associate in arts in teacher preparation, an associate in science in teacher preparation, an associate in fine arts, or an associate of applied science in which ECSU and COA have an established bilateral agreement.

“COA has long been our closest community college partner, and today’s signing demonstrates ECSU’s commitment to ensuring COA students have access to a quality, affordable education,” Ward said.

To learn more about the COA’s aviation systems technology program, visit or contact David Repanshek, COA instructor and program coordinator, at or 252-453-3035, ext. 8115.

To learn more about ECSU’s aviation science programs, visit, or contact Robin Mangham, ECSU program coordinator, at or 252-335-3656.