Daniel Webster College
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|Location||Nashua, New Hampshire, USA
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Daniel Webster College (DWC) is a college in Nashua, New Hampshire, United States, with a professions focus. It was owned by ITT Educational Services, Inc., on the for-profit model. The college declared bankruptcy in September 2016, and is being operated through the 2016-17 academic year by Southern New Hampshire University, a non-profit university in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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 to become Daniel Webster College.
By the mid-2000s, the college was having financial problems 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. Faced with the prospect of losing educational accreditation and federal funding, both of which would have forced the school to close, it was acquired by ITT Educational Services, Inc., the parent company of the ITT Technical Institutes in June 2009 for $29.3 million. The new owner converted the college to a for-profit institution.
In 2010, ITT Educational Services phased out the flight program and stopped accepting new flight students, while allowing students currently enrolled in the program to complete their education. The last of these graduated in 2013. Following the suspension of the flight program, student enrollment declined from 900 to the current rate of approximately 650 undergraduate students.
In August 2016, the U.S. Department of Education prohibited ITT Educational Services from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid, because accreditor ACICS threatened to revoke accreditation for the 130 other schools that it runs. The schools suspended new enrollment, then on September 6, ceased operations. The 2016-17 academic year at Daniel Webster was not threatened because it uses a different accreditor, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and a New Hampshire regulator said, “There is no consequence for Daniel Webster students now – they’re enrolled, classes have started, they will receive their federal financial aid”.
However, the NEASC said the Department of Education's "extraordinary demands" imply that the college does not meet its standards either, and required the college to show cause why its NEASC accreditation should not be withdrawn as well. Daniel Webster agreed to submit such a report, but by September 9, the federal government refused to release financial aid for Daniel Webster students. Daniel Webster College, Inc. and the parent corporation filed for bankruptcy on September 16.
Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) hired 87 of DWC's faculty and staff to let the 2016-17 academic year proceed in Nashua. Seniors could graduate from Daniel Webster, while underclassmen had the option of continuing their subsequent years at SNHU. SNHU also tried to buy the Nashua campus, but its bids were rejected and SNHU instead opted to build a "state-of-the-art science and engineering building, due to be completed as soon as 2019."
The main campus is located on 54 acres (22 ha) next to Nashua Airport. There are three academic buildings, a gymnasium, and an auditorium on the main campus in Nashua. Residences include four traditional dormitories and 16 townhouse-style residences.
The school offers 17 campus-based B.S. degree programs, and 9 online degree programs including the M.B.A. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Daniel Webster's aeronautical engineering and mechanical engineering programs are accredited by ABET (the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.).
The Daniel Webster Eagles comprise fifteen NCAA Division III varsity athletic teams. Daniel Webster College is a charter member of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) and a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). The men's teams are baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball; the women's teams are basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and volleyball. Indoor sports are played at the Mario Vagge Gymnasium. The campus has fields for baseball, softball, and soccer/lacrosse/field hockey. Ice hockey is played off-campus at a municipal rink.
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