Code of the District of Columbia

Chapter 12A. Community College of the District of Columbia Plan for Independence.


§ 38–1271.01. University of the District of Columbia Community College Transition to Independence Advisory Board.

There is established a 5-member University of the District of Columbia Community College Transition to Independence Advisory Board. Two of the advisory board members shall be nominated by the Chairman of the Council and 3 advisory board members shall be nominated by the Mayor. All advisory board members shall be subject to confirmation by the Council.


(Sept. 14, 2011, D.C. Law 19-21, § 4702, 58 DCR 6226.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of provisions relating to University of the District of Columbia College Autonomy, see § 4042 of the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C Act 19-383, June 19, 2012, 59 DCR 7764).

For temporary (90 days) UDC Community College Workforce Development, see § 2152 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-130, July 30, 2013, 60 DCR 11384, 20 DCSTAT 1827).

For temporary (90 days) UDC accreditation, see § 4042 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-130, July 30, 2013, 60 DCR 11384, 20 DCSTAT 1827).

For temporary (90 days) UDC Community College Workforce Development, see § 2152 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-204, October 17, 2013, 60 DCR 15341, 20 DCSTAT 2311).

For temporary (90 days) UDC accreditation, see § 4042 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-204, October 17, 2013, 60 DCR 15341, 20 DCSTAT 2311).

Short Title

Short title: Section 4071 of D.C. Law 19-21 provided that subtitle H of title IV of the act may be cited as “Community College of the District of Columbia Plan for Independence Act of 2011”.

Section 2151 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that Subtitle P of Title II of the act may be cited as the “University of the District of Columbia Community College Workforce Development Act of 2013”.

Section 4041 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that Subtitle D of Title IV of the act may be cited as the “University of the District of Columbia Accreditation Amendment Act of 2013”.

Editor's Notes

Section 4042 of D.C. Law 19-168, as amended by D.C. Law 20-61, § 4042, provided:

“(a) By November 1, 2012, the University of the District of Columbia shall transmit to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education a request for approval of a substantive change to reclassify the University of the District of Columbia Community College as a Branch Campus of the University of the District of Columbia. A copy of this request shall also be transmitted to the Council of the District of Columbia.

“(b) By October 1, 2012, the Chief Executive Officer of the University of the District of Columbia Community College shall be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Community College and shall have direct spending authority over the Community College budget, identified as Division (8000) in the University of the District of Columbia operating budget and shall regularly report directly to the Board of Trustees, or a subcommittee of the Board of Trustees, respecting the affairs of the Community College.

“(c) By December 1, 2013, the University of the District of Columbia shall submit to the Council a timeline, using existing resources, for the separate accreditation of the University of the District of Columbia Community College. This timeline shall address the following areas:

“(1) Transition of financial and administrative independence in the areas of student affairs and academic affairs of the University of the District of Columbia Community College from the University of the District of Columbia;

“(2) Ability of the University of the District of Columbia Community College to obtain self-sufficiency in the areas of admissions and financial aid;

“(3) A separate personnel classification of University of the District of Columbia Community College employees;

“(4) Ability for the University of the District of Columbia Community College to initiate and sustain its own academic programs;

“(5) A policy for the University of the District of Columbia Community College Chief Executive Officer to regularly report to the University of the District of Columbia’s Board of Trustees regarding the University of the District of Columbia Community College’s affairs;

“(6) A fully operational University of the District of Columbia Community College foundation;

“(7) A financial plan for the University of the District of Columbia Community College that addresses funding, resource planning, and allocation responsibilities;

“(8) Approval of degree-granting authority from the Office of the State Superintendent for Education; and

“(9) Other evidence that the University of the District of Columbia Community College is effectively fulfilling its mission and serving students in a manner consistent with Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s 10 requirements of affiliations and 14 accreditation standards.”

Section 2152 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that, notwithstanding any other provision of law, any funds not subject to federal requirements that are transferred from the Department of Employment Services (“Department”) to the Workforce Development Program at the University of the District of Columbia Community College (“Community College”) for workforce-development purposes shall be used by the Community College without regard to any reporting requirements or other oversight requirements by the Department. The Community College shall adopt or use policies and procedures currently in place to ensure appropriate reporting, tracking of funds, and controls.

Section 4043 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided: “In fiscal year 2014, of the funds allocated to Non-Departmental, an amount up to $1 million shall be transferred to the University of the District of Columbia (‘UDC’) if, by January 1, 2014, UDC raises an amount of $1 million from private donations for the purpose of meeting accreditation standards. The amount transferred under this section shall be matched dollar-for-dollar from the amount raised.”


§ 38–1271.02. Transition plan for independent Community College of the District of Columbia.

(a) The President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia (“UDC”), the President of the Community College of the District of Columbia (“CCDC”), and the University of the District of Columbia Community College Transition to Independence Advisory Board, shall jointly develop and submit to the Council by no later than November 28, 2011, a transition plan for establishing CCDC as an independent community college.

(b) The transition plan shall:

(1) Identify all actions that must be taken for CCDC to operate independently from the UDC flagship university, including the creation of an independent board of trustees for CCDC;

(2) Account for the type and scope of programs offered and envisioned, and include the development, expansion, integration, coordination, and efficient use of the facilities; and

(3) Include the following:

(A) An independent budget for CCDC that shall identify, for the first 5 years of operation as an independent entity, beginning in fiscal year 2013, the expected costs and revenues associated with its operation;

(B) The CCDC’s application for accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education;

(C) The Draft Terms of Articulation, which shall contain all proposed policies related to the transfer of credits and admission policies between CCDC and UDC, and which may be updated from time to time;

(D) A Workforce and Local Education Plan, which shall identify potential arrangements to provide training for both public and private sector employees, and which shall identify mechanisms by which to increase cooperation and interaction with the District of Columbia Public Schools, public charter schools, and other District agencies; and

(E) A plan detailing any transfers of positions, employees, property, and funds from UDC to CCDC for the purposes of establishing an independent community college.


(Sept. 14, 2011, D.C. Law 19-21, § 4703, 58 DCR 6226.)


§ 38–1271.03. Funding for transition plan.

Funding to support the development of the transition plan for an independent community college shall consist of $500,000, as set forth in the fiscal year 2012 budget and financial plan, to be transferred to an account held by the UDC Trustees and to be exclusively used for the purpose of developing the transition plan as described in this chapter.


(Sept. 14, 2011, D.C. Law 19-21, § 4704, 58 DCR 6226.)