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.