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Does UDC Have A Future?

10:15 PM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- At first glance the University of the District of Columbia looks like an urban university on the move but which way? 

President Allen Sessoms was recently fired and nearly a hundred positions abolished to save money. The Board of Trustees says the cuts won't affect student services but students told us today many services and classroom instruction were already suffering.

"There are a lot of teachers here that probably should be updated or retired because they are just not in current knowledge, some don't even use the internet." 

UDC seems to know better than ask DC's elected leaders for a bigger subsidy, even though the City government is realizing a three to four hundred million dollar surplus from the last fiscal year.

Does UDC even have a future? Half of its five thousand students were peeled off by a new two year Community college.

"We are going to want to hear from the board to what their decision is moving forward with the existing resources and growing their resources by attracting more students," said Muriel Bowser, DC Council. 

Mayor Gray's spokesman says he is willing to give the board of trustees -- most of which he appointed -- more time to come up with a right size plan for the four-year school.  But he will not say how much time.

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