Daniel Webster College

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Daniel Webster College
DWC DanielWebsterHall.jpg
Type For-profit[1]
Established 1965
President Michael Diffily
Students 760
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 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.[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]

Following the suspension of the flight program, student enrollment was reduced significantly. Former enrollment numbers of 900 dropped to the current rate of approximately 650 undergraduate students.[13]


The main campus is located on 54 acres (22 ha) next to Nashua Airport. There are three academic buildings and four residence halls on the main campus in Nashua.[14]


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


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.[15]

In 2012 the school's air traffic management and aviation management programs allowed their accreditation by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) to lapse in expectation of a redesign of both programs.[16] 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. The B.S. in aviation flight operations was one of three undergraduate aviation degree programs offered, but this program was discontinued in 2010.[17]

Daniel Webster's B.S. degree program in homeland security (4 year) helps students prepare for entry-level positions in the public or private sector that involve avoiding, preparing and responding to natural or man-made crises, in the U.S. or around the globe.[18]

Daniel Webster's aeronautical engineering and mechanical engineering programs are accredited by ABET (the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.).


Daniel Webster, known athletically as the Eagles, currently fields 17 NCAA Division III 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 baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, and wrestling. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and volleyball. Clubs and organizations are overseen by the Student Senate and the Student Development Office.[citation needed]


  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. ^ https://www.collegedata.com/cs/data/college/college_pg01_tmpl.jhtml?schoolId=239
  14. ^ Daniel Webster College: Fact Book 2008-2009.
  15. ^ Blumenstyk, Goldie (April 23, 2009). "Parent of ITT Technical Institutes Buys Nonprofit Daniel Webster College". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved August 14, 2009. 
  16. ^ Aviation Accreditation Board International: Accredited Programs. Retrieved on 2011-08-06.
  17. ^ Daniel Webster College: Undergraduate Degree Programs. Retrieved on 2011-08-16.
  18. ^ Daniel Webster College: Undergraduate Homeland Security Degree Programs. Retrieved on 2015-02-03

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