I believe Elizabeth City State University was set up to fail through a series of so-called administrative problems, including SAT scores and student grade-point-averages. I am not sure that it is widely known how ECSU got into the 20 percent to 33 percent enrollment deficiency. I believe it was by design. In 2010, ECSU enrollment was in excess of 3,000 students. By 2013, enrollment had dropped to approximately 2,300 students. There were allegations that the enrollment dropped due to violence on campus and other unsubstantiated administrative issues which have been vastly exaggerated.
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