Faced with the loss of millions and millions of dollars in the coming years, ECU students wonder what that will mean for them, particularly when it comes to tuition.
East Carolina, and all other public universities in the state, are being forced to take steps to deal with the cutbacks. It prompted ECU chancellor Steve Ballard to deliver his first ever "state of the university address Wednesday.
Ballard spoke to the ECU community about the future of the university. He says the board of trustees has its priorities to put students and the quality of their education first. He says they're facing a loss of 80 million dollars in the next three years and don't want that to fall on the students in increased tuition.
Ballard says, "We face two tough years of budget times and an uncertainty of a third year and I wanted people to be reassured about the quality of this place and the services we continue to provide."
Ballard says there are several successes, with the Brody School of Medicine and the completion of the dental school set for 2011.