Daniel Webster College

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Daniel Webster College
DWC DanielWebsterHall.jpg
Established 1965
Type For-profit[1]
President Michael Diffily
Students 600
Location Nashua, New Hampshire, USA
42°46′37″N 071°30′52″W / 42.77694°N 71.51444°W / 42.77694; -71.51444Coordinates: 42°46′37″N 071°30′52″W / 42.77694°N 71.51444°W / 42.77694; -71.51444
Campus Suburban
Colors Blue and Red
Nickname Eagles
Mascot Eagle
Website www.dwc.edu

Daniel Webster College (DWC) is a for-profit[1] college owned by ITT Educational Services, Inc,[2] in Nashua, New Hampshire, United States, with a professions focus.[3]


The college was established in 1965 as the New England Aeronautical Institute and was associated with Boire Field, now Nashua Airport. In 1978, it merged with its Daniel Webster Junior College division[4] to become Daniel Webster College.[5]

By the mid-2000s, the college was having financial issues and failing to meet "financial responsibility standards" of the United States Department of Education, a measure of economic viability. In 2009, Daniel Webster College received a score of just 0.5 out of 3 on that scale, with 1.5 considered passing.[6] Faced with the prospect of losing educational accreditation and federal funding, both of which would have forced the school to close,[6][7] it was acquired by ITT Educational Services, Inc., the parent company of the ITT Technical Institutes[8] in June 2009,[6][9] and subsequently became a for-profit institution.[10] A May 2009 article in the Nashua Telegraph cited unnamed college officials stating "there were uncertainties about whether there would be the resources necessary to keep the flight program going."[6] In March 2010 interim President Nadine Dowling announced ITT Educational Services' decision to phase out the program and to stop accepting new flight students,[11] while allowing students currently enrolled in the program to complete their education. As of May 2013, there were no longer any flight students enrolled.[12] In February 2014, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a lawsuit against ITT Educational Services, alleging predatory student lending practices and misleading students about future job prospects.[13]

Following the sudden suspension of the flight program, student enrollment was reduced significantly. Former enrollment numbers of 1,200 dropped to the current rate of approximately 600 undergraduate students.[14] Future plans for the school include expanding the engineering program, developing other campuses to include the Daniel Webster College brand, and offering online degrees to remote students.[15]


The main campus is located on 54 acres (22 ha) next to Nashua Airport. There are three academic buildings and five residence halls on the main campus in Nashua.[16]


The school is a subsidiary of ITT Educational Services, Inc. It was purchased in 2009 at $29.3 million.[6][7]


The school offers associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees, as well as several adult degree completion programs and an online education program. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.[17]

Since 2011 the school is no longer accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).[18] The school's Air Traffic Management program is approved under the FAA's Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) program to train air traffic controllers. It was recently announced by the FAA that the CTI program will be canceled. The B.S. in Aviation Flight Operations was one of three undergraduate aviation degree programs offered, but new students are no longer accepted into this program.[19] The B.S. in Aviation Management and the B.S. in Aviation/Air Traffic Management are still offered. However, as of July 2011, these two programs are no longer accredited by AABI, disqualifying graduates from many positions which require a degree from an AABI-accredited program.[18]


Daniel Webster, known athletically as the Eagles, currently fields 15 varsity athletic teams and is a charter member of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). It is also a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Men's sports include soccer, cross country, golf, basketball, ice hockey, baseball, lacrosse, and volleyball. Women's sports include soccer, cross country, volleyball, basketball, softball, volleyball, and field hockey. Clubs and organizations are overseen by the Student Senate and the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students.[citation needed]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lee, Stephanie (August 7, 2009). "Turnover at the Top". InsideHigherEd. Retrieved August 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ http://www.dwc.edu/about/ownership.cfm
  3. ^ "Carnegie Classification". Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Retrieved August 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Vagge made mark in Nashua" by Dean Shalhoup. Nashua Telegraph. Sunday, July 1, 2007.
  5. ^ New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society: New Hampshire Aviation Event Timeline. Retrieved on 2009-08-12.
  6. ^ a b c d e NashuaTelegraph.com: College officials cited finances, accreditation in court petition.
  7. ^ a b SeacoastOnline.com: N.H. College: Without sale, accreditation would go.
  8. ^ Chronicle.com: Parent of ITT Technical Institutes Buys Nonprofit Daniel Webster College.
  9. ^ Boston.com: Financial Pressure Forces Reinvention at Small Colleges.
  10. ^ Aero-News.net: "Daniel Webster College President Fired", Fri, 07 Aug '09
  11. ^ NashuaTelegraph.com: ITT grounds DWC flight program. Retrieved on 2011-08-06.
  12. ^ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1004234-469/nashuas-daniel-webster-college-graduates-last-members.html
  13. ^ CBSNews.com: For-profit college chain ITT sued over student loans
  14. ^ https://www.collegedata.com/cs/data/college/college_pg01_tmpl.jhtml?schoolId=239
  15. ^ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/965972-196/dwc-took-enrollment-hit-after-sale-to.html
  16. ^ Daniel Webster College: Fact Book 2008-2009.
  17. ^ Blumenstyk, Goldie (April 23, 2009). "Parent of ITT Technical Institutes Buys Nonprofit Daniel Webster College". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved August 14, 2009. 
  18. ^ a b Aviation Accreditation Board International: Accredited Programs. Retrieved on 2011-08-06.
  19. ^ Daniel Webster College: Undergraduate Degree Programs. Retrieved on 2011-08-16.

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