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Posted at 2:09 PM ET, 02/11/2009

Battle Intensifies Over UDC Plan

By Mike McPhate

Student protesters gathered again today to vent their outrage over the University of the District of Columbia's proposal to nearly double tuition and end open enrollment for four-year students. (See pics of the rally below).

The issue has elicited some sharp exchanges among readers, with most celebrating the move as long overdue. Others say the university and its mission to elevate struggling students are being unfairly maligned.

Here are a few of the most recommended comments:

clamb1: Why stick with a system that (a) is not working, and (b), results in a degree (the 16% who actually get one) that is worthless.
concernedaboutdc: Change is never easy, especially at an institution where there has never been a performance standard. However, in America, a mediocre education is not going to take you very far.
wdspauld: Open admission has never meant open graduation! Open admission represents a commitment to move students from “where they are” to “where they need to be”.

What's your position? Vote in our poll below, and share your opinion in the comments section.

UDC students protest Patricia Morris, left, prays before a rally today at the UDC campus. (Gerald Martineau/Post)
UDC students protest Student activist William Killebrew leads the demonstration. (Gerald Martineau/Post)
UDC students protest Student Erica Taybron. (Gerald Martineau/Post)
UDC students protest Student Paula Gibbs. (Gerald Martineau/Post)


By Mike McPhate  | February 11, 2009; 2:09 PM ET
Categories:  UDC, schools  
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Prospective students who can't meet the minimal entrance requirements proposed shouldn't be in college in the first place.

Posted by: ews25 | February 11, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I do believe in order to change the perception of UDC some standards need to be put in place. I think the tuition rise is a bit steep and should be instituted in a step position like 3800 to 5000 to 6000 to 7000 eventually to 8000. Most students pay out of pocket. However, if no standards are put in place UDC will be regarded in the same fashion as a junior college or trade school.

Posted by: scrappyc20001 | February 11, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

UDC's future depends on drastic action. The tuition hike is quite a big one, but that is where UDC is right now. As a student that pays full DC resident tuition out of pocket every semester, I will have to do some serious planning for my finla year. I will sort that out somehow, but I know UDC is a special place and deserves bigger and better things. Change is difficult, but change is not only needed now at UDC; it's the only way forward.

Posted by: Brklnd321 | February 11, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Why would representatives of the District undermine the University by giving financial support to students in DC to go to schools outside of DC? What have such representatives contributed to the financial support of UDC? Does anyone have an answer to this ? The University has outstanding programs and a dedicated and excellent teacher faculty. Famous historians and writers ,C.L.R. James, Leon Demas, and David Lewis, and others were teachers at Federal City College. Many professors at the University have
been offered positions at some of the heralded elite universities.

Posted by: jj122437 | February 13, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

It remains my belief that the push to move the University to a different location has at least the following two motivations:
1) to free up the prime real estate where it is presently located, and
2) to eliminate the University by creating a situation where there are not enough students to justify a 4-year public university for the citizene of the District of Columbia.

Posted by: jj122437 | February 13, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

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