ECPI University Donates 60 iPads to CHKD for Patient Use

ECPI President Mark Dreyfus and Senior Vice President Barbara Larar present iPads to CHKD staff.

ECPI President Mark Dreyfus and Senior Vice President Barbara Larar present iPads to CHKD staff.

ECPI University has donated 60 new iPads for patient use at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD). They will be used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Engaging children while they are hooked up to machines for lengthy treatments
  • Occupying and calming children who are being transported to the hospital
  • Helping non-verbal patients to express themselves
  • Allowing students to continue their education while hospitalized

“These iPads add so much to the therapeutic process,” says CHKD speech therapy manager Angie Coggin. “We have patient with a brain injury who knows exactly what he wants to say, but cannot say it. Using an iPad, he is able to communicate while he progresses.”

To see the iPads in use, click here to view news coverage from WAVY TV 10.


Culinary Students Cook Up Dinner for 850 Children

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Students at ECPI University’s School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia, were busy this morning preparing Shepherd’s pie for about 850 children. It’s all part of the school’s monthly participating in the Kids Cafe program through the Food Bank to feed children in need. Everyone at ECPI University is proud of these dedicated volunteers!

ECPI University Receives 10-Year Reaffirmation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

ECPI University is pleased to announce that it has received reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) for a period of 10 years – the maximum time that can be granted.  This reaffirmation – announced on December 10 at the SACSCOC Annual Business Meeting, held in Atlanta, GA – indicates that the University has met or exceeded SACSCOC’ high standards for quality as a provider of higher education.

“The University’s achievement of reaffirmation demonstrates that we are fulfilling our mission and validates the quality and integrity of academics,” says ECPI University President Mark Dreyfus.  “While this is certainly important to prospective students, it is also highly-valued by our graduates and the companies that hire them. The rigorous standards required by SACSCOC allow employers to feel confident about the quality of education received by job candidates who earn an undergraduate or graduate degree from ECPI University.”

Accreditation is a peer-review process that includes both off-site and on-site reviews, during which SACSCOC committees evaluate the University’s compliance with the organization’s Principles of Accreditation.  Among the many aspects of this comprehensive review, the SACSCOC Committees examine the University’s mission and core values and their appropriateness to higher education and the development and rigor of our academic programs consistent with good academic practices. The review, however, is not limited to academics; SACSCOC reviews the entire organization, including academic and support services, facilities, library resources, policies and practices, etc.

As part of the reaffirmation process, ECPI developed a Quality Enhancement Plan, designed to impact student learning.  This ongoing initiative, Students Find Information and Resources to Succeed Today or Students FIRST, intends to strengthen students’ information literacy skills as it relates to their understanding of their chosen profession.

Speaker Shares Insightful Thoughts Following Faculty Conference


Hundreds attend ECPI University’s annual faculty conference.

ECPI University recently held a two-day faculty conference. It’s a regular event that highlights the University’s commitment to faculty development and it helps ensure that curriculum meets the needs of students and employers.

Among our many talented speakers, ECPI was honored to welcome Dr. Barbi Honeycutt. She’s an expert in developing strategies, and designing resources for educators, instructors, and trainers who want to learn how to create engaging learning environments.

Here’s something she posted following the conference. Please take a moment to read and share your thoughts.

ECPI University Ranked #1 on Military Times Annual Best for Vets List – National Attention Includes Coverage from USA Today


ECPI University is pleased to announce it has been ranked number one in the nation on Military Times’ annual Best for Vets list. “As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges  is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE.

The authors of the survey factored in Education Department statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, as well as university culture, student support, academic quality, academic policies and financial aid – all items veterans list as being integral to academic success.  More than 600 schools throughout the nation responded to this year’s survey, with ECPI University topping out the rankings among online and nontraditional programs.

“We do everything possible to keep our veterans in school from one semester to the next,” says ECPI University Executive Director of Military Education Bob Larned. “Many of our veteran students have full-time jobs and/or families, so they are very busy. We are always looking for ways to help them work through challenges that may arise so they keep moving toward their goal of graduation.”

To see full coverage from USA Today, click on this link.