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The Comeback College

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Dr. Allen Sessoms, president of the University of the District of Columbia.
Dr. Allen Sessoms, president of the University of the District of Columbia.

In the past, The University of the District of Columbia has had trouble distinguishing itself from other colleges. It's faced serious funding woes, and at one point less than 10% of its students graduated within six years. But things are looking up for UDC. It recently created a community college, and enrollment has increased dramatically. Kavitha Cardoza talks with UDC president Allen Sessoms about the school's turnaround.

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