Faculty Cuts, Degree Program Elimination Part of UDC Restructuring
The University of the District of Columbia this week submitted a right-sizing budget to the DC City Council that will reduce the university’s operating budget by about $8 million next year.
The plan, which calls for faculty layoffs, degree program elimination and the relocation of UDC’s community college to its main campus, is part of the school’s effort to reduce costs while maintaining the vision for a two-year-to-four-year feeder initiative from the District’s flagship public university.
Proposed for elimination are bachelor’s degree programs in early-childhood education; elementary education; special education; sociology and anthropology; finance; marketing; procurement and public contracting; and information technology.
Exactly how many positions will be cut from faculty and staff is to be determined pending a consultant’s study of personnel and compensation. But the plan envisions shedding at least 25 positions out of a workforce that UDC President Allen L. Sessoms estimated at 650 to 680 in his unrestricted budget.
The Washington Post reports that the cuts, with help from the District to cover realignment expenses such a relocation and severance, will reduce the UDC budget by about $14 million annually.