University Realigns to Better Serve District Students
Washington, DC – The Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia tonight approved the abolishment of 69 positions as part of its ongoing commitment to reduce operating costs at the University. The job actions, along with 28 other position eliminations, impact faculty and staff, including executive level positions and are estimated to save the University approximately $8.5 million in annual operating costs.
“This is a very painful time for our University community,” said Board Chair Dr. Elaine A. Crider. “We realize these actions impact peoples’ lives. The University values the contributions of all of our employees; however, these cuts are necessary in order to position the University to better serve its economic and educational mandates to the District of Columbia. ”
Dr. Crider said that the job actions should not be confused with the University’s ongoing effort to right size the University.
”None of these actions will have an impact on student services,” she said. “This is the first step toward preparing District students for the 21st Century workforce.”
“These position eliminations are motivated by the extraordinary cost containment environment that the University is now operating under,” she said. “On the other hand, our right sizing efforts involve a comprehensive examination of the University’s programs and a strong effort, based on that analysis, to connect students to quality academic offerings and available career opportunities.” It is possible that further efforts to streamline and realize efficiencies in the University’s operation will follow if warranted by the right-sizing effort.
“Right-sizing also allows us an opportunity to clearly define the role and purpose of this University moving forward,” she said. “These job actions are cuts that are necessary to help the University live within its means. What will not change, however, is our dedication to serving students and the District.”
The University will continue to work with all employees impacted by the job actions. Resources are being made available through the University’s Human Resources Office and the District’s Office of Employment Services. DOES offers outplacement and other services designed to reduce the impact of displacement. In addition, generous severance packages, up to six months’ salary in many cases, are offered for displaced employees.
The public is encouraged to see the University’s right-sizing plan and ask questions as the process moves forward. Phase I was submitted to the Mayor and City Council on October 1, 2012 and can be viewed here: www.udc.edu/docs/UDC_Right_Sizing_Plan_10_01_2012.pdf.
A frequently asked questions page has also been established on the University’s main website and is viewable here: www.udc.edu/news/frequently_asked_questions_about_udc_right_sizing.
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