Catholic Distance University

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Catholic Distance University
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Motto Gaudium de veritate
Motto in English
Joy from the Truth
Type Private
Established 1983
Affiliation Roman Catholic
President Marianne Evans Mount
Academic staff
Students approx. 750 annually
Location Charles Town, West Virginia, United States
Campus Online
Colors Red, blue, black             
Nickname CDU

Catholic Distance University (CDU) is a private Roman Catholic university based in Charles Town, West Virginia in the United States. It offers online undergraduate and graduate degrees."[1]

Established in 1983 in the Arlington diocese by Bishop Thomas Jerome Welsh,[2] CDU offers an accredited bachelor's degree completion program in theology, a master's degree in theology, and a variety of catechetical certificates.[3] There are no residency requirements for earning a degree at CDU.[4] The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Community and Technical College System have authorized Catholic Distance University to operate as a degree-granting institution of higher education in West Virginia. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia certifies CDU to operate in Virginia as an out-of-state private, non-profit degree-granting institution[5] and the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) has accredited CDU's degrees since 1986. In 2005, CDU launched its online campus.[6] According to Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, in the academic year 2007-2008, CDU was the top Lay Ecclesial Ministry Program by number of enrollments.[7]

CDU's programs aim to meet the goals set out in the Ex Corde Ecclesiae issued by Pope John Paul II regarding Catholic colleges and universities. .[8] CDU was the first Catholic institution to offer an MA in Theology with no residence requirement. Several Catholic dioceses partner with CDU to help train their catechists.[9] The school stays closely connected with the local Catholic bishop, Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, who is chair of the Board of Trustees.[10]


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  2. ^ Flach, Mike. "Diocese’s founding bishop remembered for personal touch - The Arlington Catholic Herald". Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  3. ^ Archived from the original on June 3, 2011. Retrieved July 1, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "CDU History". Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  5. ^ "SCHEV Degree Inventory". Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  6. ^ "CDU History". Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  7. ^ Gautier, Mary L., Ph.D. (April 2008). "Catholic Ministry Formation Enrollments: Statistical Overview for 2007–2008" (PDF). Washington, DC: Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, Georgetown University. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  8. ^ "CDU History". 1990-08-15. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  9. ^ Catholic Online (2011-03-27). "Arlington Diocese partners with Catholic Distance University - Prwire - Catholic Online". Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  10. ^ For the Catholic Herald. "CDU to honor Bishop Loverde, EWTN - The Arlington Catholic Herald". Retrieved 2012-06-12.