Keep CCDC separate from UDC!
  • Petitioned Vincent C. Gray

This petition was delivered to:

Mayor, District of Columbia
Vincent C. Gray
Deputy Mayor for Education, District of Columbia
De'Shawn Wright
Councilmember, Ward 1
Jim Graham
Councilmember, Ward 3
Mary Cheh
Councilmember, Ward 4
Muriel Bowser
Councilmember, Ward 6
Tommy Wells
Chairman, DC City Council
Kwame Brown
President, University of the District of Columbia
Allen Sessoms
CEO, Community College of the District of Columbia
Jonathan Gueverra
Councilmember, Ward 2
Jack Evans
Councilmember, Ward 7
Yvette Alexander
Councilmember, Ward 8
Marion Barry
Councilmember, Ward 5
Harry Thomas, Jr.
Councilmember, At-Large
Vincent Orange
Councilmember, At-Large
Michael Brown
Councilmember, At-Large
David Catania
Councilmember, At-Large
Phil Mendelson
Save CCDC!
Save CCDC!
Chairman, UDC Board of Trustees
Joe Askew

Keep CCDC separate from UDC!

    1. Petition by

      Schlain Bhayla

In 2009, the UDC Board of Trustees created the Community College of the District of Columbia, or CCDC, as a separate entity to reflect its mission of being a low-cost community college for Washington, DC residents. Many students recognize CCDC for what it is: an affordable opportunity to get a college education.

However, as shared with the DC City Council, students are experiencing a UDC that continues to provide poor service to CCDC students. Poor customer service exists throughout UDC's offices – and it goes deeper than poor customer service – there is apathy of some UDC staff members and students’ individual, and sometimes dire, situations.

On the other hand, CCDC's Deans and Student Success Center continue to go above and beyond UDC’s staff. More, they are candid about what they could and could not do regarding UDC offices. We believe that if CCDC had the ability to manage its own processes without interference from UDC, our experiences would be even better.

Nonetheless, given the recent directive made by Dr. Sessoms, we, the students of the Community College of the District of Columbia have concerns regarding the name change of the Community College of the District of Columbia to the University of the District of Columbia Community College.

In the interest of transparency and full disclosure, students are interested in access to all communications regarding the name change.

1) Why it is necessary for the name change, and what will happen if the name change does not occur?

2) Will there be tuition increases for Community College students?

3) Will the burden of cost associated with the name change of the Community College bear on the students of both the Community College and the flagship.

4) Will the Community College ever become a separately accredited institution if it remains a college of the University of the District of Columbia?

5) Will this change affect student loans, federal funds and Pell grants, and will it affect the amount students receive from financial aid?

6) Will this affect the student services, i.e. will Community College students have to travel to the main campus for tutoring, or health issues, international student advising, disability resources, career services, financial aid services, admissions, etc?

7) Will classes be affected by this change? Will community college students be able to take flagship courses and vice versa.

8) Will the location of community college change?

9) Will the Community College Student Government Association, the only student voice at the community college be eliminated?

10) Will the Student Activity Fees paid by CCDC students continue to be inequitably shared between UDC and CCDC?

11) If federal funding is the reason for the name change, why has the government been providing funding since 2009 without an issue?

Ultimately, CCDC students have their own wants and needs and therefore, require their own, independent institution. The renaming of CCDC to UDCCC is unnecessary, it will only slow, and possibly stop, the growth of the Community College.

Student deserve clear answers to these questions, we want UDC, the Board of Trustees and Dr. Sessoms to respond to these questions, and share additional information with CCDC students about the repercussions of this change.

 We wish the Community College of the District of Columbia to retain its name so it can continue on the path towards independence with its very own budget, academic structure, and operations, separate from the University of the District of Columbia.


Vincent C. Gray, Mayor, District of Columbia
De'Shawn Wright, Deputy Mayor for Education, District of Columbia
Jim Graham, Councilmember, Ward 1
Mary Cheh, Councilmember, Ward 3
Muriel Bowser, Councilmember, Ward 4
Tommy Wells, Councilmember, Ward 6
Kwame Brown, Chairman, DC City Council
Allen Sessoms, President, University of the District of Columbia
Jonathan Gueverra, CEO, Community College of the District of Columbia
Jack Evans, Councilmember, Ward 2
Yvette Alexander, Councilmember, Ward 7
Marion Barry, Councilmember, Ward 8
Harry Thomas, Jr., Councilmember, Ward 5
Vincent Orange, Councilmember, At-Large
Michael Brown, Councilmember, At-Large
David Catania, Councilmember, At-Large
Phil Mendelson, Councilmember, At-Large
Save CCDC!, Save CCDC!
Joe Askew, Chairman, UDC Board of Trustees
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Allen Sessoms, President of the University of the District of Columbia.

Keep CCDC separate from UDC!

Students love and appreciate the education and experience they are receiving at CCDC. We have our own wants and needs and that is why we need our own institution.


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    Reasons for signing

    • Bharosha KC 22031, VA
      • about 3 years ago

      i do not want ccdc tuition fees to go up

    • Samuel Jones WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 3 years ago

      I can't afford the rise in fees if they increase.

    • Matthew Strausbaugh WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 3 years ago

      Because after transferring from CCDC to UDC only to find that all my classes were canceled, it's clear that the inept administration of UDC must be kept as far away as possible from CCDC if CCDC is to have any chance whatsoever of succeeding. UDC is a bureaucratic nightmare and shows no respect for its students at all. They should dismiss the entire administration starting at the top. CCDC students deserve better.

    • LaShauna Lowe NEW CARROLLTON, MD
      • about 3 years ago

      Won't be able to pay tuition if increase is granted. Not many scholarships offer at UDC for non DC residents.

    • Elizabethh Adeka LANHAM, MD
      • about 3 years ago

      It was very frustrating getting registered for FALL Classes. I joined CCDC in Summer 2011 and for some reason we students who joined in summer were not able to register for our classes until almost the last day of registration. We missed most of the classes we wanted to take because the classes were full. The school did not take us into consideration as to try and even reserve some spots for the summer students. We felt like second rate citizens. I am just hoping the registration process can be streamlined. On the first day of class we couldn't find our classes and spent 30 minutes looking for the class. The second class did not go well either our sociology professor never showed up.


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