Message from the Chief Academic Officer
The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is a comprehensive, exclusively urban land-grant, Historically Black University located in Washington, DC—the Nation’s Capital. We are primarily a commuter university with three campus sites (Van Ness, Bertie Backus, and Old Congress Heights). At UDC, our focus is on developing teacher-scholar-practitioners committed to meeting students where they are and developing them to achieve their fullest human potential.
In the recent U.S. News and World Report rankings, UDC was listed as a Top 30 HBCU and a Top 15 public HBCU. While we do not chase rankings, we recognize and appreciate the notoriety of being associated as one of the Best Colleges Regional Universities. Our School of Law Clinics are ranked #6 in the nation for their stellar practice and advocacy frameworks.
There are 230 full-time faculty members, with 47% in tenure-track positions and 45.7% currently tenured. Our faculty are experts in their fields and engage in scholarship, research, and creative activities while preserving UDC’s focus on teaching. Whether faculty collaborate with groups or individuals, we offer an environment that encourages intellectual inquiry.
We have centers and institutes of excellence across the colleges and schools, and we boast a record of service to each of the eight Wards of residence throughout the District of Columbia.
The Chief Academic Officer (CAO) has broad responsibility and oversight for the academics, information literacy/libraries, and research at UDC. Academic Affairs is the administrative division integral to realizing the University’s mission and vision. Academic Affairs is responsible for all academic programming delivered through the University’s departments and schools/colleges and related academic activities in coordination with the Office of the President. The division’s mission is to provide the highest quality teaching, learning, and research environments possible, utilizing best practices in the latest pedagogical techniques and engagement practices to ensure the success of all students. In addition, the division seeks to integrate research and other modes of scholarship along with outreach activities to engage communities across D.C., the DMV, and the Mid-Atlantic Regions, the nation, and around the world.
The CAO’s primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- academic planning and budgeting;
- program evaluation, assessment, and accreditation;
- educational policies and procedures;
- professional development, promotion, and tenure of faculties; and
- the reaffirmation process to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Together with the academic deans, department chairs, and directors, the CAO provides curriculum and program development leadership, advances the teaching and learning environment, and promotes creative and scholarly activities, including research and outreach. The Office also administers existing programs, revises and reviews those programs, and provides administrative oversight.
Lawrence T. Potter, Jr., Ph.D.
Chief Academic Officer