A committee of University of the District of Columbia trustees recommended yesterday a takeover of troubled Antioch Law School but only if the District government provides "full and adequate funding."
The school would need a first-year subsidy of $2.3 million, plus $2.75 million to $4 million to renovate facilities, according to a UDC staff report.
"They did what we asked for," interim law school Dean Thomas J. Macksaid after the unanimous vote by the five-member educational policy committee. "We may die at the City Council. They may decide it's too expensive. But that is the proper place to do it rather than have us die before a committee."
The trustees of Antioch University have threatened to close the 13-year-old law school, which enrolls 362 students, unless arrrangements are made by March 17 for adequate facilities and financing.
N. Joyce Payne, UDC board chairwoman, indicated yesterday that the full 14-member board would vote on the takeover before that deadline, but she set no date for a meeting.
As about 200 Antioch supporters crowded a meeting room yesterday, committee members praised the law school for aiding low-income District residents, but they expressed concern that rescuing the school might take funds away from other UDC programs.
But Mack told the panel that UDC should take over the law school only if "not one penny" is taken from existing programs.
The innovative school at 2633 16th St. NW has been threatened with loss of accreditation by the American Bar Association because of "deficiencies" in academic standards, facilities and finances. But Mack said he was confident that accreditation would be maintained if the law school becomes part of UDC.