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Contact Information

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College Administration
Dean - April Massey, Ph.D.
Associate Dean Academic Affairs - Lena Walton, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Students - La Tanya Rogers, Ph.D.
Office Manager - Ms. Wilma Thompson
Receptionist - Mr. Terry D. Best


Dean's Welcome

Dr. April MasseyThe College of Arts and Sciences, the largest of the University of the District of Columbia’s Flagship academic units, supports the institution’s tri-fold mission via its academic offerings, co-curricular activity, research and grantsmanship, and community outreach. The College offers baccalaureate and graduate degree programs across the traditional arts and sciences disciplines as well as in Education and Allied Health. Just as significant, the College shoulders the lion’s share of responsibility for the General Education program and, thus, supports the liberal education experience of every undergraduate UDC student. The College is home to approximately 1300 majors and 120 full and part-time faculty members. The College’s 2014 operating budget for personnel and non-personnel services approximates 12M. While the University is recognized primarily as a teaching institution, the College has a five year average for extramural funding that approaches 8M.

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of a diverse community of scholars. The College’s mission is to attract and engage a talent pool that will influence decisions of immediate and long-term relevance and of small and large consequence. In the College, we strive to meet students where they are – interests and abilities – and support their soar to heights unexpected, but valued decades beyond the college experience. In the College of Arts and Sciences, we appreciate that many students enter college solely focused on preparation for work. College scholars are committed to engaging students in ways that produce graduates with expanded viewpoints, broad and unending interests, strategic problem solving abilities, freedom from fear of failure and change, and cultural and ethical competencies that allow them to navigate their neighborhoods, cities, the nation, and the world successfully.

The College develops graduates and life-long learners who will serve and lead in their communities. CAS graduates are equipped with broad knowledge, grounded by soundness of moral character, committed to social responsibility, and comfortable with difference. CAS
contributes graduates who are prepared to advance scientific inquiry. CAS programs interweave responsibility for intentional learning that is both broad and specific and tied to job readiness, career advancement, and enduring social satisfaction. Moreover, CAS programs embody the University’s land grant mission and respond to concerns of health disparities, educational relevance and equity, and political equality. CAS faculty and staff help students develop their academic skills and advance critical abilities that support independence in learning and work. CAS programs also prepare students for job entry and for graduate and professional study.

CAS graduate programs serve a two-fold mission: 1) they allow students enhanced and concentrated study in fields of interest; and 2) they offer requisite professional training for advanced scholarship, job entry, and professional mobility. Going forward, the College strives to maintain the strengths of current offerings and operations but further the benefits of those programs by marrying them to new programs that have forward reaching relevance for CAS students and communities. The existing components provide three significant supports: preparation for careers that exist now and serve families and communities; research that furthers the scholarship of teaching and learning; and research that challenges existing policies and practices across fields as diverse as healthcare, finance, public safety, and construction. The programs that develop as the College evolves will enhance the liberal education core of the College and support necessary education and training for the development of new jobs. All will respond to issues peculiar to 21st century living in urban centers.

CAS goals include:

  1. Attacking the challenges of educating for a changing life;
  2. Merging professional and personal preparation; and
  3. Planting seeds and imparting tools for success over the lifespan.
  4. The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia – Commitment, Access, Service

April Massey, Ph.D.