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ECU was ranked as one of the most COVID-19 prepared universities in the country for the coming fall semester.

As colleges across the country plan to re-open for the fall 2020 semester, East Carolina University was listed as one of the best prepared for the COVID-19 reality.

A press release from ECU News Services said a California-based education non-profit, Educate to Career, ranked universities in four tiers based on criteria ranging from online learning and being close to students’ homes.

The ranking was released on June 5 and was designed to help students navigate uncertainty in a cost-effective and practical manner, according to the press release.

“With our new rankings system, a ‘distance learning’ component is mandatory for a high ranking simply because there is a real possibility that at least some instruction will be done via the internet,” the press release said on Educate to Career’s website.

ECU was ranked in Tier One by having the systems needed to deliver coursework remotely or in-person, the press release said.

These systems include a physical campus for in-classroom instruction if permitted, robust software and system for distance learning programs, faculty online teaching experience and reasonable tuitions and fees on a relative basis, according to the press release.

“Educate to Career assessed more than 1,200 colleges, which are sorted by state and ranked by ability to offer a quality education under any conceivable scenario,” the press release said.

A list of nationwide and state rankins can be found on the Educate to Career website.

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