ECU’s Outer Banks Campus, new academic unit maximize research, teaching resources
East Carolina University’s newly organized Integrated Coastal Programs will span academic disciplines as it engages in research, teaching and outreach. Among other endeavors, ICP will explore how the power of waves and the Gulf Stream current can be harnessed as potential energy sources. The new unit encompasses the Department of Coastal Studies and the Coastal Studies Institute, both of which are based at ECU’s Outer Banks Campus on Roanoke Island. “We have all this incredible marine heritage sitting right off the coast, and we have some of the wealthiest and some of the poorest counties just east of ECU,” said Reide Corbett, dean of ICP. Corbett hopes to see more students at Outer Banks Campus, a 213-acre property ECU opened in 2012. “Ultimately, we want to grow the campus so we can bring more students out there for the entire semester and offer them a full load of courses,” Corbett said.
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