Monday, January 12, 2009

Could SEU Become UDC?

The WBJ reports that the University of the District of Columbia could possibly take over Southeastern University. From the WBJ article:
Southeastern University, which has dealt with financial and enrollment troubles for years, is close to picking the school that would absorb it. The University of the District of Columbia recently voiced its interest in taking over the university. “We are entertaining proposals from interested parties for a possible merger in order to strengthen our ability to meet our mission efforts,” said J.R. Clark, board chairman of Southeastern, which offers a two-year associate’s degree. “UDC is one of the many institutions that has provided us with a proposal.” Allen Sessoms, who was named president of UDC in August 2008, has said that early stages of his tenure would include creating a community college within the university. Southeastern’s merger committee has been collecting proposals that the board will have the opportunity to weigh in on and review Wednesday at its board of directors meeting.
Southeastern University is located at 501 I Street, and according to its website, the University is in the midst of renovations, called The Campaign For Southeastern. The first phase of renovation, which includes three classrooms, faculty offices, and study areas was completed in 2008. The website doesn't say what the next phases will cover, but I hope the building's exterior is a part of the renovation.
Update: The WBJ reports that UDC's board approved the creation of a two-year community college, which could pave the way for a merger of UDC and Southeastern University by the fall semester.

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