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Core Requirement 2.1

The institution has degree-granting authority from the appropriate government agency or agencies. (Degree-granting Authority)



Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) complies with this core requirement having been chartered by authority of the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina on June 4, 1964 as the Cape Fear Technical Institute. The institution is granted authority to award associate degrees by the State of North Carolina as one of its 58 public community colleges.


Cape Fear Community College is a public, two-year educational institution operating under the control of a local Board of Trustees. The institution was originally established as the Wilmington Industrial Education Center on April 3, 1958. On June 4, 1964 the institution was chartered (Charter Document) as Cape Fear Technical Institute by authority of the State of North Carolina under the terms and provisions of the North Carolina General Statutes (NCGS) as a public institution of the North Carolina Community College System (NCGS 115D-1 Statement of Purpose), (NCGS 115D-4 Establishment of Institutions). Furthermore, the North Carolina General Assembly grants authority to the State Board of Community Colleges “to regulate the awarding of degrees, diplomas, and certificates” (Administration of Institutions). The North Carolina Administrative Code spells out the process (Curriculum Program Approvals) by which the State Board of Community Colleges grants approval to member institutions to issue degrees, diplomas, and certificates in specific curriculum programs.



Source Location

Charter Document,
June 4, 1964


NCGS 115D-1 Statement of Purpose,

North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 115D-1


NCGS 115D-4 Establishment of Institutions,

North Carolina General Statues, Chapter 115D-4


Administration of Institutions,

North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 115D-5(a)


Curriculum Program Approvals,

North Carolina Administrative Code,

Title 23, Chapter 2 Subchapter E, Section .0201




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