Elizabeth City State University students Michael Lindsay (right) and Keith Marrow protest what they claim was ECSU's false advertising of the university's aviation science program, in front of the campus's main gate, Tuesday. Both students say the program hasn't provided them with the skills they were promised.

Thomas J. Turney/The Daily Advance

Elizabeth City State University students Michael Lindsay (right) and Keith Marrow protest what they claim was ECSU's false advertising of the university's aviation science program, in front of the campus's main gate, Tuesday. Both students say the program hasn't provided them with the skills they were promised.

Frustration takes flight: Students protest aviation program

“We were told if we stayed in flight education, it would be another year-and-a-half to two years before you graduate.”


Michael Lindsay
Elizabeth City State University student discussing the aviation science program at ECSU

By Corinne Saunders

The Daily Advance

6 Comments | Leave a Comment

Holding neon-colored protest signs, two Elizabeth City State University students held a silent demonstration just off the campus on Tuesday, claiming ECSU’s aviation science program made a lot of promises to them that it’s been unable to keep.

Dear Reader,
This content is only available to subscribers of The Daily Advance print and/or e-edition. If you are a current subscriber and have established a user name and password, you can log in. If you have not established your user name and passwords, click here to set up your information.
To become a subscriber, click here.

Comments

Viking Pride

ECSU over the years has done a excellent job educating students on a shoestring budget. In 2008 a new aviation education complex was to have been built at the Coast Guard Base. What happened to that! State money problems as usual!!! I am sorry about what happen to these two young men but I hope the best for them, but until the state of North Carolina is willing to invest in this area of the state this going to be a on going problem!!!!!!

It's The Willie Gilchrist Building

The state did invest in this region. As part of the Aviation esearch Development Park project 15 acres were set aside for ECSU's Aviation Sciences building. That land is still out there.

Then Rep Owens made sure that there was money in ECSU's budget for the building but someone chose to build another building on campus and name it after himself and his wife.

How ironic that Currituck County gets an award for partnering with COA on the new training facility which could have been housed in the building that was planned for ECSU. Too bad our citizens will have to commute to Currituck to get the training for the jobs we have here.

What concerns me about this

What concerns me about this problem is this; what is ECSU doing to help these two young students now! It appears they have progressed to a point and now find their promised educational plans have been thwarted due to the inefficiencies of ECSU. Promises of future planning by ECSU will not serve these students now! Are there any plans by ECSU to assist these two students now?

Critical Challenge for New Chancellor

One of a handful of undergraduate Aviation Sciences programs in the nation appears to be under fire. Regardless of the reasons for this situation, it must not be allowed to continue both for the university's and the community's sake.

While there are some who believe ECSU is an unnecessary, underperforming institution, I would argue that it is a critical undergraduate education option for many in NE NC and a vital economic resource to the County and City. Good management and dynamic leadership at the top like we saw under Chancellor Birnum, can make a difference.

One of the things that makes ECSU unique among colleges across America is the Aviation Science curriculum. It has been a singular selling point when recruiting aviation related industries to the area.

This protest highlights some serious program concerns and the new chancellor must be someone who understands the potential of this program and makes a concerted effort to bring it to the forefront within the university and in the nation. The Aviation Sciences program sets ECSU apart from virtually all other colleges. It is one of the strongest reasons to continue to support the university and by extension the significant current and potential aviation related economic development opportunities in this area.

I urge the search committee and Board of Trustees to consider these factors when they make their choice. We need ECSU and we need a strong and viable Aviation Sciences program.

Situation normal

Like so many of ECSU's programs over the years, this is yet another one that started with illusions of grandeur and quickly went the way of the dinosaurs. It's one thing to start a program, but quite another to follow through with it and make it successful. Without a doubt, ECSU falls woefully short in competent and capable leaders to see programs bear fruit and be successful. Mr.'s Lindsey and Marrow are obviously very driven achievers. Not the typical lackluster student body this campus so caters to. For them to be so shortchanged in their expectations and future is nothing less than criminal. At best, they can only chalk this up as a life learning experience, distance themselves from ECSU, and pursue and realize their dreams and aspirations with a capable and credible institute of education.

What a Shame!

Another mis-managed program.

Add comment

Login or register to post comments

Top Jobs