UDC News

September 18, 2009


UDC Students Participate in Distance Learning Initiative with C-SPAN


Washington, DC - UDC students have a very unique opportunity to be plugged into the expertise of university resources across the country in a program that started today (Thursday September 17, 2009). It’s a project that has been months in the making and links students via fiber optic technology here in Washington to students and professors from as far away as New York and Colorado. The idea is to expand the scope of instruction and get input from multiple sources in the course of a class.

Strongly advocated and supported by Dr. Suzan Harkness, Assistant Dean in UDC’s Center for Academic Technology, the initiative has been enthusiastically endorsed by all the partners involved.

The first program is a class in political science and includes participation by Dr. Harkness’ UDC students as well as students from Pace University in New York, George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and Denver University in Colorado.

During the course of the current class, students will have opportunities to learn directly from experienced professors and from national newsmakers, including authors Richard Wolffe and Stephen Farnsworth, former Bush campaign manager Joe Allbaugh, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Classes are held each Thursday in the university’s television studio, located in the Building 41.

For more information, Call Dr. Suzan Harkness – 202.274.5657.


The University of the District of Columbia is the only fully-accredited public institution of higher education in the nation’s capital. As an urban land-grant university, it supports a broad mission of education, research and community service and offers bachelors and masters degrees in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The university is located at 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro. 

Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs, aetter@udc.edu, 202.345.6371