University of the District of Columbia

University of the District of Columbia

The University of the District of Columbia, UDC, is the only public university in Washington, D.C. It’s also its only public historically black university. Over the years, UDC has faced shrinking funding, worrisome graduation and retention rates and difficult choices about cutting programs and downsizing staff. Now, the school is seeking to increase its endowment from the District and to put students on the path to the middle class. We speak with UDC President Ronald Mason, Jr. about how the institution will meet its goals and also support graduating D.C. Public School students who require remedial coursework.

WAMU Education coverage is supported in part by American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


  • Ronald Mason, Jr. President of the University of the District of Columbia

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