By U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
April 1, 1914, Navy Secretary Josephus Daniels issued General Order #89 announcing the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, R.I. was "prepared to conduct extension courses by correspondence for the benefit of officers who are not at present available for attendance at the college."
Two weeks later, NWC faculty and staff kicked-off their first ever distance-learning education program for naval officers serving on the deckplates.
This year on April 15, the NWC will celebrate their 100th anniversary of distance learning education and non-resident programs in Newport.
These programs, now administered by the College of Distance Education (CDE), use curricula derived from the core residential program administered in Newport.
“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the dedicated members of the CDE team, past and present, who have made this world-class education available to a diverse, dispersed, and deployable student-body that today totals nearly 145,000 military and civilian students world-wide,” said Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., NWC president.
Over the last century, thousands of NWC students have completed non-resident courses. In the early stages of distance education, coursework was completed through the use of postal correspondence. As our distance learning programs developed through the years, faculty-led seminars were added through ongoing relationships with the Naval Postgraduate School and later, through the introduction of the world-wide web, CDROM, and Navy Knowledge Online enabled programs.