UDC News


February 1 , 2007

University of the District of Columbia to Sponsor Tenth Annual HBCU Summit on Retention


            Washington, D.C. -- The University of the District of Columbia is one of several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) scheduled to participate in the Tenth Annual Regional HBCU Summit on Retention scheduled for March 15-17, 2007 at the Clarion Resort Hotel, 10100 Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Maryland.  Expected to draw hundreds of educators, college leaders, parents and students, the summit this year has as its focusImproving Retention at HBCUs:  A Decade of Commitment, Determination, and Growth - Implementing Best Practices, Producing Best Results.”

            The purpose of the Summit is to provide opportunities for representatives of all groups concerned about the persistence of African American students in higher education to come together to address the problem of retention of African American students in colleges and universities,  while proposing action plans to increase the persistence of African American students in higher education.  The Summit will also celebrate successful retention programs in higher education.

            Organizers of the Summit seek to attract educators at all levels, including college and university presidents, school superintendents, professors, teachers, administrators, and staff, as well as college students and their parents.  Legislators involved in educational policymaking are encouraged to attend, as are business, industry, and government agency leaders interested in increasing the pool of African American college graduates.

Among the highlights of this year’s summit are:

            The Summit’s co-sponsors include HBCUs in regional states and the Maryland Higher Education Commission, among others. In addition to the University of the District of Columbia, participating area higher education institutions include Benedict College, Bowie State University, Central State University, Coppin University, Delaware State University, Howard University, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, Sojourner Douglass University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, and the University System of Maryland.  Other sponsors include the Model Institutions for Excellence at Bowie State University and the Maryland Higher Education Commission.  For details about the conference, including registration information, please contact Dr. Anne L. Gaskins-Nedd, Program Director, at 301-860-3687, or Dr. Ernesta Pendleton, Summit chair, at 202-274-5718, or visit online at http://www.morgan.edu/hbcu.





            The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia and provides additional life-long learning opportunities. The University delivers quality instruction and uses student-centered approaches to empower and benefit both individuals and its local communities.  The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant investment engine for the District of Columbia.  The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro.  For more information on other University activities, contact Mike Andrews, Senior Director for Communications and University Spokesperson at (202) 274-5685 or visit the University’s web site at www.udc.edu.