A panel established to encourage excellence in the Elizabeth City State University Education Department plans a thoroughgoing assessment of the university’s teacher education program.

Lynne Bunch, a former president of College of The Albemarle who co-chairs Education Working Group with former Albemarle Hospital administrator Jan King Robinson, said the panel believes education should be one of the premier programs at ECSU.

Interim ECSU Provost Farrah Ward, who met with the committee, said the university understands how important the education program is to the institution. While there’s a lot of talk about aviation science right now as the signature program of the university, education is at least a close second, she said.

“That’s what this region needs,” Ward said of training excellent classroom teachers.

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