Howard University, the historically Black educational research institution in Washington, D.C., has entered into a partnership agreement with East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. East Carolina University enrolls about 23,000 undergraduate students and 6,000 graduate students. African Americans make up 16 percent of the undergraduate student body.
The agreement between the two universities calls for cooperation in four different areas:
- Student and faculty exchanges.
- Establishment of a semester-long program for ECU students and staff on the Howard campus.
- Development of a pipeline linking the universities’ undergraduate and graduate programs.
- Collaborations on research, scholarship, public service and creative activity.
Howard University provost Anthony Wutoh stated that “one of the things that is exciting to us is that we do have a number of programs in common that we can build upon, such as our medical schools, health sciences, business and education. We have a number of areas where faculty and students can collaborate and develop research synergies.”
LaKesha Alston Forbes, associate provost for equity and diversity at East Carolina University, added that ““Howard University is a real leader in higher education today. This is the beginning of what we hope will be a long partnership.”