City Desk

UDC Planning Layoffs

The Examiner reports that the University of the District of Columbia is attempting to slash its staff:

The "bloat" of employees, as one official described the situation, and relatively level funding from the District, has put the city's only public university in financial straits. Mayor Vincent Gray is offering UDC $64.9 million for fiscal 2013, a $1.2 million increase over last year but substantially less than the $85.1 million the university is requesting as its community college takes steps toward independence under its budget.

The school's advisory board released a statement yesterday noting, "UDC must develop a right-sizing plan that reflects the size and needs of the District, puts the university on sound financial footing, and ensures the future of the community college."

A couple of things worth noting: Labor issues at UDC are part of the reason why they're not getting the money they say they need. 70 percent of UDC's budget goes to personnel, and with the school spending 60 percent more per student than its peers (while underperforming), it's hard to justify that cost.

At any rate, we have lots more on UDC coming next week from Lydia DePillis.

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  • Alan Etter

    To clarify, there are a number of considerations being looked at in order to streamline the university's operations. The reality is - it is exceedingly difficult to remove low or non-performing elements from an historically government-influenced, union-influenced operation. It takes time, responsible management and in many cases financial incentives to move those elements out and bring more productive elements in. The employment culture in the District shackles agencies with significant constraints, but the management is willing to make some very hard choices. At the same time, several unfunded responsibilities have been placed on the university, like the community college, like some buildings that require millions in renovation, and needed academic reforms. These huge costs have been absorbed by the university's budget, to which the District government's contribution(which has been the same since 1996)is about a third. So, yes - the university must become more efficient - everyone agrees. Getting to that point, however, involved more than just getting rid of people. Again, everything is on the table.

  • Hopless in a Payless Situation

    Please...they need to start at the top...the hefty hefty salaries at the top is what the problem is...Giving bonuses to those who are favored that make what two employees make in a year is the problem...let's start there...cause if the budget been flaky since 1996...then why is the university making all these new six figure positions?


    Start the savings by reducing the bloated, overpaid and inefficient UDC administration which collects fat bonuses despite stonewalling numerous legitimate student complaints.

    Or maybe that should say “...UDC administration which gets fat bonuses BECAUSE they stonewall numerous legitimate student complaints."