- University of the District of Columbia
University of the District of Columbia Established 1851 Type Public, land grant, HBCU Endowment $21.8 million Chairman Joseph L. Askew, Jr., Esq. President Allen L. Sessoms  Provost Graeme Baxter, J.D. Undergraduates 5,137 Postgraduates 234 Location Washington, DC,
Campus Urban Colors Red and Gold
Athletics NCAA Division II Sports basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, volleyball Nickname Firebirds Affiliations Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Website www.udc.edu
The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is a historically black, public [[university[[ located in Washington, D.C. UDC is one of only a few urban land-grant universities in the country and a member of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. It is also the only public university in the District of Columbia.
The Normal School for Colored Girls was established in 1851 and by 1879, the name was changed to "Miner Normal School". Washington Normal School was established in 1873 for girls, and renamed the "Wilson Normal School" in 1913. In 1929, the United States Congress made both schools four-year teachers' colleges and renamed as "Miner Teachers College" for African Americans and "Wilson Teachers College" for whites. In 1955, the two schools merged and were renamed the "District of Columbia Teachers College".
In 1967, Congress awarded the University of the District of Columbia land-grant status and a $7.24 million endowment (USD), in lieu of a land grant.
Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, UDC's programs were split into two separate institutions under an umbrella "University System." A new Community College of the District of Columbia (CCDC) assumed UDC's Associate Degree, Certificate, Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs with UDC going forward with just its bachelor and graduate degree programs. While CCDC will maintain an open enrollment policy, a high school diploma no longer guarantees admission into UDC. These changes were in response to UDC's low graduation rate, where only 7.9% of students complete their degrees within 6 years.
UDC offers over 175 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Division of Community Outreach and Extension Services (COES) offers a variety of practical, nonacademic educational programs and training.
UDC Guard Force
UDC has its own guard force who are responsible for guarding and protecting university property, staff, faculty and students. The guard force works 24/7 and utilizes the catchy phrase "We are here for you!" which is printed in the sides of all vehicles belonging to the guard force. The guard force are commissioned as District of Columbia Special Policemen and carry .38 revolvers, handcuffs and flashlights in order to accomplish their mission.
Schools and colleges
- College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences (CAUSES)
- College of Arts & Sciences
- School of Business & Public Administration
- School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
- David A. Clarke School of Law (formerly the Antioch School of Law)
- Research and Graduate Studies
- Community College of the District of Columbia
A 1996 academic partnership with the Modern Academy In Maadi, in Maadi, a southern suburb of Cairo, Egypt, encourages the material, physical, and intellectual growth of students, faculty, and staff of both institutions through Cairo-based UDC Bachelor degrees, Computer Science and Business Administration management programs. In July 2001, the partnership included Accounting and Finance options in Business, Computer Engineering and Information Technology and Electronic Engineering and Communication Technology and graduate studies in Business Administration (MBA).
The main (Van Ness) campus of UDC is located at Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness St. in Northwest Washington, DC. UDC is primarily a commuter school and opened its first residential accommodations or dormitories in August 2010 by leasing an apartment building across the street from its campus. UDC plans to open a new residence hall on its main campus by 2012 that could house as many as 300 students. A new $40 million student center is expected to open in 2012.
The athletic teams are called the Firebirds and the team colors are Red and Gold. The school competes in the NCAA Division II.
Greek- letter organizations
National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations:
- Alpha Phi Alpha (Omicron Omicron Chapter)
- Omega Psi Phi (Omicron Gamma Chapter)
- Kappa Alpha Psi
- Phi Beta Sigma
- Iota Phi Theta
- Alpha Kappa Alpha (Beta Lamda Chapter)
- Delta Sigma Theta
- Sigma Gamma Rho
- Zeta Phi Beta
UDC publishes The Trilogy, a student-paper highlighting campus events and national and local news. The Flightpath yearbook focuses on graduating students and the years' activities.
UDC Cable Television, Channel 19, is the District Government's non-commercial, adult education program service.
UDC Cable TV 98 supports teaching, research and public service with Educational-access television and instructional programming. Cable TV 98 operates an audio and video recording service center, electronic field and studio production and a video training center for Public-access television production.
Name Class year Notability References Denis G. Antoine Ambassador of Grenada to the United States of America and (permanent) representative to the Organization of American States (OAS)  Gloria Green-Ridley the first African American to receive the James Davenport Memorial Award (2005).  Thelma Thompson president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore  Clarence Holbert designed the currency of Eritrea  Richard Pennington 1988 Chief of Police Atlanta, Georgia  Melvin R. Wright Associate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia  Robert P. Owens Federal Immigration Judge  Norma Holloway Johnson 1955 Former United States federal judge who ruled on Kenneth Starr's probe of the Clinton administration. Lennox Yearwood 1998 President of the Hip Hop Caucus Kali Troy Voice over actress Aldon Lynn Nielsen Poet Cathy L. Lanier Chief of Police with the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia Branislav Andjelić 1991 Serbian Internet pioneer, economist and politician Lyn McLain Cofounder of the DC Youth Orchestra Program Carolyn Harris 1969 Library conservationist Rasheim Wright Jordanian basketball player.
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