16 The Compass Friday, November 3. 1995
Interim chancellor promises
'strong leadership' for ECSU
by Yushawnda Thomas
ECSU's interim Chancellor began his
first viniversity meeting with a plea for
cooperation and understanding:
"I'm here to provide strong leader
ship for ECSU, and I'm willing to work
with everyone, no matter how long I'm
here," said Dr. Mickey Bumim, during
the Sept. 20 meeting in Moore HaU.
"Working together, we can make ECSU
If ECSU is to make progress, how
ever, the University must deal with its
number one problem—the decline in
enrollment, he said.
"All of us have a stake in meeting
our enrollment challenge," said
Burnim. "We need a strategic plan to
chart the course of this University for
the next five years. It should be con
tributed to by all constituents of the
Pointing out that ECSU's budget is
"enrollment driven," Bumim said that
each student is supported by a state
appropriation of $6,542. As enrollment
declines, universities receive cuts to
To help with recruitment, Burrum
said ECSU will offer Incentive Scholar
ships to five new counties: Franklin,
Edgecombe, Warren, Nash, and Vance.
This wiU expand the 16 county region
served by the Uruversity to 21 coun
ties. Dr. Bumim has also appointed Mr.
Leon Rouson to help recruit and enroll
more local and out-of-state high school
Bumim said that "low productivity
programs" will be terminated.
Last year 11 programs at ECSU were
classified as "low productivity" pro
grams. This year, however, there are
only fovir, due to the growth of depart
ments and the number of graduating
After the meeting, Bumim said ECSU
would recommend to General Admin
istration that three of ECSU's four "low
productivity programs—the B.A. in
Music, the B.S. in Applied Mathemat
ics and the B.S. in Physical Education,
The future may not be so bright, how
ever, for Business Education, ECSU's
fourth low-productivity program.
"The case for the B.S. degree in Busi
ness Education is weaker," Burnim
said. "The faculty in that area have
been charged with strengthening it as
much as possible. If they are unable to
make a much stronger case, we will
likely be forced to recommend its dis
continuance. There have been very few
graduates and enrollment at the junior
and seruor level is very low."
Burnim also addressed problems
with faculty not working diligently for
"The University is here for the stu
dent and should be student centered,"
he said." All humans are to be respected
and treated with dignity. No student,
no faculty member should be treated
Bumim said he was looking forward
to working with students, and that he
believed in being accessible to them.
Referring to some ECSU students by
name, Burnim said he had found the
students he had met to be "friendly
Bumim was straightforward with his
expectations from the staff and student
body. "I expect people to carry out their
duties and procedures in a reasonable
manner," he said.
"A imiversity should be student-cen-
tered and faculty governed."
Commenting on the issue of why the
meeting was not called a "family meet
ing," Burnim said that he sees the vini
versity as a business.
"Our business is the business of edu
cation. And what matters is, are we
getting the job done?"
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