Catholic Distance University

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Overview

Catholic Distance University offers an associate’s degree in the liberal arts with a concentration in Catholic studies and an undergraduate degree completion program exclusively through online study.

The first president and chairman of the board was the late Bishop Thomas Welsh, then of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia.

Originally begun as the Catholic Home Study Institute, the name was changed in 1996 to Catholic Distance University (CDU) to reflect its status as a degree-granting institution. Dr. Marianne Evans Mount, the president, has been with the University in several capacities since its inception.

Although CDU’s headquarters is located in Charles Town, West Virginia, its student body is widely scattered. Every state as well as more than 60 foreign countries have been represented over the past 35 years.

Students are able to pursue certificate and degree programs completely online at the noncredit, undergraduate, and graduate levels and a Vatican-approved Catechetical Diploma at the undergraduate level. But what most interests us, is that students interested in receiving a bachelor’s degree in theology can take their final 39 credits at a high-quality, time-flexible institution after completing their general coursework elsewhere. This offers flexibility and cost savings to students who take advantage of a liberal arts core curriculum at another college—preferably one of the solid Catholic institutions in The Newman Guide—then complete a theology degree from home. Also, the CDU associate’s degree program in the liberal arts with a concentration in Catholic studies provides a way for students to earn the AA degree first and then move into the bachelor completion program, all at CDU.

BA students who wish to later pursue a Master’s degree in theology may be interested in the accelerated MA track, which allows qualified undergraduate students to take their final nine credits at the graduate level. These credits then count toward the MA degree as well.

The first BA in Theology completion degree was awarded in 2006 and, as of the end of 2018, CDU has awarded 163 AA and BA degrees. Fall 2018 undergraduate program enrollment stands at 96. 

Students are mostly older adults returning to college, but not exclusively. The vast majority, not surprisingly, are Catholics, but there are a few non-Catholics as well. Students come to CDU as a way to increase their knowledge of the Catholic faith, as well as to bring this knowledge to their families and into their professional lives. Over 90 percent of CDU graduates serve the Church in some capacity in their parishes or dioceses, working as educators, directors of religious education, catechists, youth ministers, or in a related ministry.

CDU is governed by a 24-member board of trustees, four of whom are either bishops or priests. The chairman of the board is Dr. Charles Wasaff. Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Services serves as chancellor of the University and vice chairman of the board.  

Dr. Marianne Mount, who helped establish CDU, served as the executive vice president for 12 years before she was named president in 2008.  She earned a graduate degree in religious education from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas and a doctorate in adult learning and distance education from Virginia Tech.

The academic dean, Dr. Peter Brown, is a scripture and theology scholar and author.

In addition to being faithful and flexible, especially for students who have work or family responsibilities, Catholic Distance University is a bargain. The undergraduate tuition for 2018-2019 is $915 per course, and tuition has remained steady for five years.

Academics

The bachelor of arts completion program in theology accepts students either provisionally or fully, depending on previous credits earned. To be admitted to the BA completion program in theology, students need 48 credits from an accredited college. These credits can also be earned in CDU’s associate’s degree program in the liberal arts.  The BA degree requires a total of 120 credits (39 theology major credits and 81 general education/elective credits).

All courses are taught in conformity with Church teachings. According to Dr. Mount, “All theology professors are reviewed and approved by a board-level academic committee. The mandatum may be obtained in a home diocese or from where a faculty member is working.”

CDU has always been a distance institution. From 1983 until 2000, it used a paper correspondence format. Today, CDU’s degree programs are offered completely online and CDU describes itself as “a global Catholic online learning community.”  In 2015, CDU moved its online learning to the popular multimedia Canvas platform.

The AA in the liberal arts program, with a concentration in Catholic studies, emphasizes study of the Catholic intellectual tradition. Upon completion of this degree, students have the option of transferring to another Catholic college or earning a BA degree in theology at CDU. In addition to maintaining an online library that is staffed by a librarian, CDU also has arranged for students to have library privileges with Woodstock Theological Center Library, a 190,000-volume library housed on the Georgetown University campus in Washington, D.C.

One special academic outreach is to prisoners. Since its beginning, CDU has provided very low-cost correspondence courses to incarcerated Catholics whose names have been put forward by their chaplains.

Spiritual

CDU maintains an Online Chapel where students can post prayer intentions and participate in remote Eucharistic Adoration 24/7.  Also, Father Bevil Bramwell, a faculty member, posts a homily each week reflecting on the Sunday Mass readings. 

Residential

Catholic Distance University offers its program exclusively through online study.

Bottom Line

The delivery of education is rapidly changing, and online instruction is a growing and viable alternative to traditional education. Catholic Distance University has been at the forefront of providing quality, faithful Catholic teaching to students seeking flexibility.

The undergraduate completion program, which offers a degree in theology, can be an attractive and low-cost option to students who have completed or are contemplating completing basic, non-major courses elsewhere or in CDU’s AA degree program. Whether for work, location, family or other reasons, more students are likely to view Catholic Distance University as a unique opportunity to receive an education that will enhance an understanding of their Catholic Faith.

Questions & Answers

Each year, the Newman Society asks the colleges recommended in The Newman Guide to answer the following questions. Below you will find the responses that we received directly from Catholic Distance University.

Is your institution accredited by at least one regional or national education association? (Yes/No)

Yes

Please identify each accreditor and indicate whether it is approved by the U.S. Department of Education:

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) – yes
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation – yes
The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has authorized Catholic Distance University to operate as an institution of higher education in West Virginia. CDU is certified to operate as an out-of-state institution by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Please cite evidence of student or alumni accomplishment, such as graduation rate, graduate school placement, job placement, awards, etc.

The 2019 graduates in the BA in Theology completion program fulfilled program requirements with an average GPA of 3.72 and an average time of 3.67 years. Over the past eight years, 89% of those eligible to graduate completed the program and were awarded degrees.

In 2019 those who received the Associate of Arts Degree with a concentration in Catholic Studies were awarded the degree with an average GPA of 3.34 and spent an average of 3 years to complete.

Of the 2016-2019 alumni, 84% of undergraduate alumni are working or volunteering in Church-related ministry positions.

Please identify any notable public recognition of your institution’s academic quality in the last three years, such as rankings, awards, etc.

One-hundred percent of CDU graduates responding to program exit surveys in 2019 stated that they achieved their learning goals, would recommend CDU to another, expressed satisfaction with their studies, and indicated that they are equipped to teach the Faith—all seem to indicate the value of CDU services and educational offerings.

CDU has been an accredited distance education institution for more than 35 years, was the first to offer online Catholic education in the United States, and is committed to this service of Catholic theology, catechetics, and evangelization for years to come. Ninety percent (90%) of those who graduated from 2014–2019 are currently in Church-related ministries.

Without neglecting difficult topics and ideas, how does your institution avoid leading students into serious error and spiritual harm through blasphemous, dissident, or heretical material in the bookstore, library, lectures, and course content?

CDU carefully screens all faculty for commitment to magisterial teachings as evidenced by past writings, affiliations, etc.  Those teaching in a theology-related discipline either sign an Oath of Fidelity to the universal and ordinary Magisterium or receive a Mandatum from the Bishop of Arlington. Those teaching in a non-theology related discipline are required to complete a response to mission form prior to their hiring.  All faculty hires must be approved by the Faculty Governance Council.  Secondly, course syllabi themselves must be approved by the Faculty Governance Council after a process of comment and query which examines the course objectives, content, the choice of readings for adequacy, suitability and orthodoxy.  Course books that have already been vetted in this manner are the only books offered for sale in the CDU bookstore.  Thirdly, the course content itself is carefully screened by the Academic Dean or the Faculty Chair so that confusing or theologically ambiguous statements can be clarified.  Finally, because CDU operates completely online, the university has the ability to monitor not only the course content but much of the communication that takes place between faculty and students.  Library books are added to the CDU library by the librarian in consultation with faculty.

How are the insights of the Catholic faith integrated throughout the curriculum and course content in all subject areas?

CDU follows the vision of a Catholic university according to St. John Paul II in Ex Corde Ecclesiae, a vision that stresses the unity of all truth, and the integration of faith and reason.  CDU believes that all courses ought to be designed to enhance the study of theology while providing a broad, liberal arts education that stimulates a desire for lifelong learning, a continuing sense of wonder, and the courage to live an authentic Christian life in and through specific vocational career paths and in our common vocation as human persons.

All the general education courses offered at CDU have a theological inflection, while respecting the principles proper to each discipline.  The biology course is the study of living beings, but will include the theological ramifications of topics, including evolution and assisted reproductive technologies.  The courses in composition and literature are designed to equip students in the literary, analytical, and verbal skills needed in the study of theology.  The mathematics course is designed to enable students to more fully appreciate the truth of Galileo’s claim that “Mathematics is the alphabet by which God has written the universe.” In addition to stressing the beauty of math in the created order, the course also establishes math’s practical relevance to everyday living.  The philosophy courses are specifically designed to establish the basis in human reason on which the truths of the Faith are built.

How does the institution’s academic program form students in love and knowledge of God, for sainthood?

The love and knowledge of God centers around the Person of Jesus Christ.  Appropriately, CDU’s academic programs are Christ-centered not only in theological courses but in courses in all disciplines that have as their premise the unity of all truth found in the Logos of God.

How does the institution’s academic program prepare students for the renewal of culture in the light of Christ?

CDU’s academic programs all have pride of place for the study of theology at the center in relation to other disciplines.  Each program in its own way, however, is intended to equip students to witness “Joy from the Truth” to the wider world.  This is done through the study of philosophy as a pathway to common truth shared by all people.  It is done through the study of human civilization at the undergraduate level.  It is also done though many courses in theology and other disciplines that specifically train students with awareness of how best to engage with ideas present in the wider world.

Are more than half of the current members of your faculty practicing Catholics? (Yes/No)

Yes

Approximately what percentage of your current faculty members are practicing Catholics?

100%

Are members of your faculty officially informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of the institution? (Yes/No)

Yes

How are faculty members informed of this responsibility?

Faculty members in theology all sign an Oath of Fidelity to the universal and ordinary Magisterium while non-theology faculty complete an official response statement to the CDU mission, detailing specifically how they understand that Catholic mission and expect to participate in and advance it.  Finally, faculty self-evaluation forms completed annually remind faculty of CDU’s Catholic identity and ask them how they expect that identity to inform their personal and professional goals for the coming year.

Are members of your teaching faculty required, as a condition of employment, to be faithful to the magisterium of the Catholic Church in all teaching activities? (Yes/No)

Yes

Are members of your teaching faculty required, as a condition of employment, to conform to Catholic moral teaching in their public actions and statements both on and off campus?

Yes

Do all Catholic faculty members make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)

Yes

Please identify key undergraduate faculty members who are noted experts in their field, have produced important publications, have leadership roles in academic associations, etc. and briefly describe such accomplishments (optional):

Many CDU faculty members are accomplished theologians, scripture scholars, and Catholic writers and teachers. Faculty Chair Dr. Marie Nuar holds a doctorate in Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas. Aaron Urbanczyk, PhD, is a prolific published author. Dr. Christine Wood holds a PhD in Theology and is the founder of the Verbum Domini Biblical and Catechetical Institute in the Archdiocese of Hobart, Australia. She is also president of the St. John Centre for Biblical Studies in Australia. Father Bevil Bramwell, who has been a professor and spiritual director in high schools, research schools, seminaries, and universities, holds a PhD in Systematic Theology and has authored several published books. Chris Padgett holds an STL in Sacred Theology from the International Marian Research Institute, University of Dayton, and is a noted published author and frequent guest on EWTN and prominent Catholic radio stations. Dr. Carole Brown holds a PhD in Systematic Theology and is the Director of the Sioux Spiritual Center, a small Catholic retreat center in the Diocese of Rapid City. She helped to found Spirit Radio and served as Director of New Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City from 2013-2018Deacon Omar Gutiérrez currently serves in the Archdiocese of Omaha as an instructor to Catholic school teachers and part of the faculty for the permanent diaconate program as well as an advisor to the Nebraska Catholic Conference on public policy. He is a published author, has appeared on EWTN, and has served as an expert panelist for the USCCB on Catholic Social Teaching. He has a syndicated podcast program titled Regnum Novum: The New Evangelization Through Catholic Social Teaching, which runs weekly on Nebraska’s Spirit Catholic Radio and has been nationally recognized as an authentic presentation of the Church’s teaching.

Additional faculty information, clarification, or description (optional):

As an online university, CDU faculty members are mostly adjunct.  CDU is not limited by geographic proximity to the university campus, allowing us to draw on experts nationwide and worldwide to teach online courses.

Does the institution have a department of Catholic theology, distinct from “religious studies” and other disciplines?

CDU is a university that focuses exclusively on Catholic theology, so there is no need to have a distinct theology department.

Are courses in Catholic theology clearly identified and distinguished from other courses dealing with religion?

Yes.

Does every faculty member in the theological disciplines have the mandatum (or the “canonical mission” for ecclesiastical faculties) approved by the appropriate Church authority, as required by Canon Law? (Yes/No)

Yes

Do all faculty in the theological disciplines make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)

Yes

Does your institution require that all theology courses be taught in a manner faithful to Scripture, Tradition, and the Church’s Magisterium, and also to the principles and methods proper to Catholic theology? (Yes/No)

Yes

Please identify the theology courses that are included in the undergraduate core or distribution requirements and the professors who routinely teach those courses:

For the BA degree:
Reading Scripture Theologically – Dr. Christine Wood

Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History—Alissa Thorell

Foundations of Catholicism—Christopher Padgett

God, Man, and the Universe – Christopher Padgett

Jesus Christ: God, Man, and Savior—Father Bevil Bramwell

The Vatican II: The Church and Her Liturgy—Dr. Marie Nuar

Sacraments: Masterworks of God – David Bonagura

Principles of Moral Theology—Alissa Thorell

For the AA degree:

Church History I: Early Christians to the Middle Ages – Marie Nuar

Church History II: Renaissance to Modern Church – Marie Nuar

Introduction to Composition for Theology—Dr. Aaron Urbanczyk

Ancient Civilization—Charles Rieper

Christian Civilization—Charles Rieper

A Global Civilization—Charles Rieper

Elements of the Philosophy of the Human Person—Dr. Aaron Urbanczyk

Survey of the Old Testament – Steven Najera

Survey of the New Testament – Steven Najera

Catechism of the Catholic Church: Part I – Kathryn Vestermark

Catechism of the Catholic Church: Part II – Kathryn Vestermark

The Moral Life: Living the Virtues—Deacon Frederick Bartels

Please describe the place of Catholic theology in your institution’s undergraduate curriculum and how it is distinct from other institutions.

CDU was founded 36 years ago as an institution specializing in theological education and faith formation. Its mission has not changed over time, but its method of delivery has kept pace with technological advances in online learning.

Additional theology information, clarification, or description (optional):

CDU is faithful to the teachings of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church and prepares missionary disciples for their important work in the 21st century.

Please identify any course that every undergraduate student must take:

For the BA degree:
Reading Scripture Theologically
Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History
Foundations of Catholicism
God, Man, and the Universe
Jesus Christ: God, Man, and Savior
Vatican II: The Church and Her Liturgy
Sacraments: Masterworks of God
Principles of Moral Theology

For the AA degree:
Church History I: Early Christians to the Middle Ages
Church History II: Renaissance to Modern Church
Introduction to Composition for Theology
Ancient Civilization*
Christian Civilization*
A Global Civilization*
Elements of the Philosophy of the Human Person
Survey of the Old Testament
Survey of the New Testament with the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Catechism of the Catholic Church: Part I
Catechism of the Catholic Church: Part II
The Moral Life: Living the Virtues

*Two of three Civilization courses must be taken

Please identity the courses that students may choose from in order to satisfy common curriculum distribution requirements:

Introduction to Composition for Theology
Introduction to Literature for Theology

Advanced Biblical Greek
Ancient Civilization
Biblical Greek I
Biblical Greek II
Christian Civilization
Church History I: Early Christians to the Middle Ages
Church History II: Renaissance to Modern Church
Elements of the Philosophy of the Human Person
Ethics
General Mathematics for Liberal Studies
A Global Civilization
History of the Catholic Church in America
Introduction to Comparative Religions: Judaism and Islam
Introduction to Economics
Introduction to Plato and Aristotle
Latin I
Latin II
Metaphysics
Nutrition

How many credits are required for graduation and what percent are from core / distribution courses?

120 credits     20%
(for BA Completion program)
60 credits 55% (for AA program)

36 credits 100% (for Catechetical Diploma program)

18 credits 100% (for Undergraduate Catechetical Coordinator Certificate)

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more courses in which they are taught authentic Catholic doctrine and practice? (Yes/No)

Yes

If yes, please describe them generally and note how many courses are required?

All of the courses taken at CDU at the undergraduate level teach authentic Catholic doctrine and practice. For the 120-credit BA in Theology Degree Completion Program, 8 core courses (24 credits) in authentic Catholic doctrine and practice are required, and all elective courses offered at CDU are also firmly rooted in the teachings of the Catholic faith. For the 60-credit AA in Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Catholic Studies Degree Program, students must take 11 core courses (33 credits) in authentic Catholic doctrine and practice. For the Catechetical Diploma Program, students must take 11 core courses (33 credits) in authentic Catholic doctrine and practice.

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more interdisciplinary courses relating theology or philosophy with other disciplines? (Yes/No)

N/A

Number of majors:

2

List the major, minor and special program areas that students may choose for specialization while pursuing an undergraduate degree:

CDU offers:
AA in the Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Catholic studies
BA in Theology Completion Program
Catechetical Diploma

Undergraduate Catechetical Coordinator Certificate

What are the three most popular majors or specialty disciplines for undergraduate students, and about what percentage of undergraduate students specialize in these disciplines?

N/A

Does each undergraduate degree program require Catholic ethical formation related to the student’s major field(s) of study? (Yes/No)

Yes

Does your institution regularly provide academic events to address theological questions related to specialized disciplines? (Yes/No – if yes, please describe)

Yes. Free webinars on Catholic theological questions and issues of current interest are occasionally offered by our faculty. Free and low-cost continuing education courses are occasionally offered as well.

Does your institution require cooperation among faculty in different disciplines in teaching, research, and other academic activities? (Yes/No – if yes, please describe)

Yes. All faculty are required to teach their disciplines in cooperation with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Additional programs of study information, clarification, or description:

CDU offers an accelerated MA track for qualified undergraduate students. Undergraduate theology students may apply to the program through the Admissions Office if they have completed 21 credits in the CDU BA in Theology major with a 3.0 average and obtain a recommendation from a CDU faculty member.

Students may take up to nine (9) CDU graduate credits in this track. The credits earned apply to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Does the institution have one or more priest chaplains on campus for the Sacraments and spiritual direction? (Yes/No)

CDU is an online university with no physical campus for students, but CDU staff, faculty, and administrators attend Mass once each week in the chapel with a chaplain appointed by the diocesan bishop.)

On average, how many hours per week is a priest chaplain on campus and available to students?

N/A

Please describe the priests who minister to students and celebrate the Sacraments on campus.

Reverend Cody Ford celebrates Mass once a week for CDU staff, faculty, and administrators and was appointed to CDU by Bishop Mark Brennan of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.

Does the local bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) select or approve the appointment of your priest chaplain(s)? (Yes/No)

Yes

Does the institution have one or more campus ministers on campus (lay or religious, but not priests) who are available to students for spiritual direction? (Yes/No)

No

Please describe the campus ministers who are not priests.

 

Does your institution offer Mass to students at least on Sundays and other days of obligation? (Yes/No)

N/A

On average, about what percentage of undergraduate students attend Sunday Mass (including the Saturday vigil Mass) during the academic year? 

N/A

Does your institution offer daily Mass to students? (Yes/No)

N/A

On average, about how many undergraduate students attend daily Mass during the academic year?

N/A

Does your institution offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to students? (Yes/No – if yes, when and how often?)

N/A

Are all of the Masses celebrated on campus reverent and in accord with liturgical norms and directives? (Yes/No)

N/A

Please list the schedule of Masses, noting the following for each Mass: the day and time, the Form or Rite of the Mass, and the style of music, if any (chant, traditional, contemporary, etc.):

N/A

Does your institution offer Confession on campus at least weekly? (Yes/No)

N/A

List the schedule for Confession by day and time:

N/A

Does your institution offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at least weekly? (Yes/No)

N/A

List the schedule for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by day and time:

N/A

Please identify regularly scheduled devotions on campus for students such as the Rosary and prayer groups:

N/A

Does your institution offer retreat programs available to all Catholic students at least annually? (Yes/No)

N/A

Please describe any formal programs to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life:

N/A

If your institution has formal vocation programs, about how many students participate in them each year?

N/A

Are you aware of any graduates from your institution (not including seminary students, if any) who are ordained to the priesthood or have entered religious life? Please describe.

Yes, several of our graduates have entered religious life and been ordained to the priesthood.

Does your institution limit religious services and activities on campus (not including private prayer and devotions) to faithfully Catholic activities? (Yes/No)

Has your institution’s diocesan bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) officially recognized the institution as Catholic? (Yes/No)

Yes

Do your institution’s governing documents include or reference the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex Corde Ecclesiae? (Yes/No)

Yes

Do your institution’s governing documents or institutional policies require conformity to the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex Corde Ecclesiae? (Yes/No)

Yes

What is your institution’s mission statement?

The mission of Catholic Distance University is to communicate the mind and heart of the Church in a digital world. Using distance education, the university educates teachers and learners worldwide in Catholic theology, the liberal arts, and faith development for the growth of faith, ecclesial service, and leadership for the New Evangelization.

Does your institution have a written policy prohibiting awards, honors, or speaking platforms for individuals or organizations that defy, by public action or statement, fundamental Catholic moral principles including the sacredness and dignity of human life and the sanctity of marriage? (See United States bishops, “Catholics in Political Life.”)(Yes/No)

No

Please give or explain your campus speaker and honoree policy in light of Catholic moral teaching:

Underlying all CDU policies is the principle of fidelity to the teachings of the Magisterium.

Describe the makeup of your institution’s undergraduate student body with regard to sex, religion, home state/country and type of high school (public, private, homeschool):

Total number of undergraduates: 85

Male: 51%  Female: 49%

Catholic: 97%  Other Christian: 3%
Jewish: %  Muslim: %  Other: %

Number of states represented: 27

Top three states: Texas, New York, California

Students from top three states: 33%

Catholic HS: N/A Homeschool: N/A
Private HS: N/A Public HS: N/A

Are prospective and current members of your institution’s governing board(s) informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of your institution? (Yes/No)

Yes

Are more than half of the current members of your institution’s governing board(s) practicing Catholics? (Yes/No)

Yes

Do Catholic members of your institution’s governing board(s) make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)

No (Some do, as some are bishops, archbishops, and clergy, but lay members are not required to do so.)

Is your institution’s president a practicing Catholic? (Yes/No)

Yes

Does your institution’s president make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)

Yes

A Message from the President

Dear Prospective CDU Student,

Thank you so much for considering CDU in your educational plans. Our programs integrate inspiring, Catholic content, always faithful to the Church’s teachings, with state-of-the-art learning management technologies that enable you to access your education in the comfort of your home or wherever you choose.

CDU has been a pioneer since 1983 using flexible, convenient distance technologies to bring high quality educational programs to each learner. You will explore the riches of Sacred Scripture, Church documents, Papal documents, and the wisdom of the saints and Doctors of the Church.

You will never be alone at CDU. Our outstanding faculty and friendly staff will guide you every step of the way. Every day our students from all over the world experience the communion of the Church by praying for one another in our online chapel, catching up in the online cafe, and sharing their family milestones through the online photo gallery. Our online campus, easy-to-navigate learning platform called Canvas, and our carefully chosen faculty encourage an engaging, dialogic approach to learning that is modeled on the conversational pedagogy of Jesus Christ in the Gospels. In each of our courses, we emphasize the importance of faculty-guided discussion and student interaction that research confirms is the best way for adults to learn.

I encourage you to find out more in these pages and on our website, www.cdu.edu, to discover if Catholic Distance University is the next step for you to further your spiritual and professional goals.

Sincerely in our Lord,

Marianne Evans Mount, Ph.D.
President

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