Change Has Come to the Nation’s Capital: Particularly at Its Publicly Operated University

Allen L. Sessoms, the new president of the University of the District of Columbia, continues to shake things up. Sessoms has created a two-year community college, put in place huge tuition increases, and established stringent academic requirements for admission to four-year baccalaureate programs. There are plans for new master’s and doctoral degree programs and professional schools of public health and government.

Now Dr. Sessoms has announced he will shut down the university’s undergraduate teacher training program because of its very low student graduation rate. There are currently 380 students enrolled in the undergraduate education program.