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March 9, 2011

MOVING FORWARD: A MESSAGE TO THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY

These have been difficult days at the university, and it is regrettable that the recent news coverage has disappointed our students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and District residents.  Worse, it has overshadowed the tremendous accomplishments of our campus community and the strides we have made—and continue to make—as we transform and reinvent this proud Washington institution for generations of students to come.

While many of the details are well-known, this is what we are now doing to ensure progress in this area:

We should clarify one point: The university’s travel budget last year was approximately $800,000. This total includes all travel by approximately 200 staff and faculty members. The president’s work-related travel comprised less than 10 percent of this total. And last year, as in most previous years, the university’s spending on travel was less than the amount budgeted.  The characterization that these business trips, particularly travel by the president were “lavish” or “luxurious”, is patently false.  Travel is required in order to expand the academic mission of the university and to promote and secure resources for it, and it is what every other university does to support itself.

We understand the need to be prudent with university resources and to be sensitive to the concerns of tuition-paying students and the taxpayers of the District of Columbia. Other improvements will continue as we work to ensure that District residents have the world-class public university they deserve.

SEE OUR UDC ANSWERS WEB PAGE WHERE UPDATES WILL BE POSTED AS SOON AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.

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As the only urban land-grant institution in the United States, the University of the District of Columbia (www.udc.edu) supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across all member colleges and schools, which include the Community College of the District of Columbia, the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, the College Arts & Sciences, the School of Business and Public Administration, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the David A. Clarke School of Law.

 

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