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 Now Offering Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree

New Program Developed in Response to Demand for Skilled Professionals

ECPI University is pleased to announce that it is now offering a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology degree at its Virginia Beach campus. The curriculum focuses on core areas such as:

• Mechanical design and analysis
• Material science and manufacturing processes
• Thermal-fluid-energy sciences
• Computer aided engineering graphics and analysis
• Electro-mechanical devices
• Instrumentation and controls

“Forbes Magazine recently named Hampton Roads as the 7th ranked region in the United States for Manufacturing growth,” says ECPI University Virginia Beach Campus President Kevin Paveglio. “With the assistance of our curriculum advisory board – comprised of employers in the manufacturing sector – we have designed a program to meet the demand. This should be a win for everyone, including graduates who enter rewarding careers and the Commonwealth of Virginia which becomes more economically competitive.”

ECPI University’s curriculum prepares graduates for entry-level employment in various public and private industries in such areas as:

• Mechanical Product Design & Fabrication
• Automation & Manufacturing
• Power Generation & Plant Management
• Transportation: Vehicles & Infrastructure
• Systems Control

For more information about this program, please visit




Employers Turn Out Big for Campus Job Fair

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If you’ve ever wondered what employers think of ECPI University graduates, you need look no further than today’s job fair at the Virginia Beach campus. Fifty-three employers set up booths on three floors, all looking to meet ECPI graduates or those soon to be graduating. With more than 200 students/graduates in attendance, there was ample opportunity for everyone to get plenty of “face-time” with each employer. Congrats to Director of Career Services Gina Cassidy and her team for a job well done.

New Programs on Campus


Online – Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology with a concentration in Mechatronics. This program is intended to prepare graduates to work in the growing field of advanced manufacturing. Curriculum includes coursework in:

  • Applied Mechanics
  • Programmable Controllers
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • Testing and Measuring Instruments
  • Computer Hardware and Software
  • Materials Science
  • Analog/Digital Electronics and Communications
  • Automation and Control Systems
  • Computer Programming and Networks
  • Microcontrollers

Newport News Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. This program is intended to prepare graduates for a variety of entry-level positions, including staff accountant, budget analyst, auditor, tax accountant, and the rising specialty of forensic accounting, in fields such as:

  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Non-Profit
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Banking
  • Services
  • Information Systems
  • Government