ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — Enrollment has increased for the first time in seven years at one of North Carolina’s historically black universities, an uptick that the school’s chancellor says is not a one-time event.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia , reports enrollment at Elizabeth City State University grew by 54 students, from 1,357 last fall to 1,411 this year. That broke a run of annual declines since 2010 when 3,307 students enrolled at the university.

Chancellor Thomas Conway Jr. says the increase is not a blip and that the university has laid a foundation.

State lawmakers in 2014 floated the possibility of closing ECSU but dropped the idea after protests.

Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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