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February 16, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UDC Joins Elite Corps of Engineers
School of Engineering Awarded Prestigious New Accreditation

Washington, DC - The University of the District of Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has been formally admitted to the Council of Deans of the 13 HBCUs that have ABET-accredited engineering programs, it was announced today.  This achievement comes after a rigorous five-year application process undertaken by SEAS faculty and staff.

With its admission to this prestigious group, UDC will join the ranks of AMIE (Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering), an organization of marquee corporations and federal agencies that support the academic mission of its participating institutions.

Dr. Ben O. Latigo, SEAS dean, expressed enormous satisfaction with the award. “This is great news for the school and especially for our students. We are delighted to be named the newest member of the AMIE family and look forward to developing partnerships with the member organizations.”

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The University System of the District of Columbia (www.udc.edu) is the only accredited public land-grant institution of higher education in the nation’s capital and supports a broad mission of education, research and community service within its colleges and schools, which include: The University of the District of the Columbia, offering 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 David A. Clarke School of Law, consistently rated one of America’s best public interest law schools; and the Community College of the District of Columbia, offering two-year Associate’s Degree and certificate programs.

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