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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
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BERKELEY COLLEGE CELEBRATES GROWTH OF DISTANCE LEARNING
WITH KEY LEADERS IN NEW FACILITIES
Photo Caption A and B: (Top): Cutting the ribbon at new expanded facilities for Berkeley College Online® in Paramus, NJ, on September 15, 2016 are (Left to Right): Pat Verile, Associate, High School Admissions, Berkeley College, Woodland Park, and Paramus Council Member; Jeanne Weber, Paramus Council Member; Kevin L. Luing, Chairman, Berkeley College Board of Trustees;Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Online; Michael J. Smith, President, Berkeley College; Beth M. Castiglia, PhD, Provost, Berkeley College; and Joseph Scuralli, DPS, Berkeley College Dean, Online. (Below): Many Berkeley College associates who are engaged with supporting online students celebrate the growth of distance learning and the move into expanded facilities for Berkeley College Online.
On September 15, 2016, Berkeley College celebrated the growth of its distance learning program, cutting the ribbon on a 15,000-square-foot space that will house Berkeley College Online® offices in Paramus, NJ. The space accommodates administrative and support services that serve thousands of Berkeley College students.
Earlier in the day, the College hosted an online summit, bringing together leaders from national online learning associations including the United States Distance Learning Association, Quality Matters, the Online Learning Consortium, and WCET, a Cooperative for Educational Technologies and division of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, to discuss topics facing the industry and to develop ways in which they can work collaboratively while affecting positive change.
“The Summit focused on topics facing the distance learning industry,” said Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Online. “We worked collaboratively to develop strategies through which we will partner to influence ongoing innovations in distance learning,”
Berkeley College began offering online courses in 1998 and online degrees in 2003. More than 190 undergraduate and graduate courses were offered in the fall of 2015. This fall, currently more than 3,000 students are enrolled in at least one online course. To date nearly 2,500 students have graduated with online degrees.
“Part of what has always made Berkeley College special is the level of support we provide for our students, and we continue to do that in the virtual environment,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “Wherever online will be in the future, Berkeley College will be there to deliver a quality education and help our students move forward into successful careers.”
The College received proclamations and letters of congratulations from U.S. Senator Cory Booker; the N.J. Senate and General Assembly; the Bergen County Executive and Board of Chosen Freeholders; and the Borough of Paramus.
Berkeley College Online students have access to the same support services as students who attend on site, including Academic Advisement, the Library, the Center for Academic Success, and Career Services. Online campus life experiences include online clubs, social media engagement, wellness and personal development programs, and workshops focusing on student success. Click here to learn more about Berkeley College Online.
In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year.
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,300 students – including more than 700 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.
Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
Photo Caption C, D and E: (Top) Leaders from national online learning associations discuss current topics facing the industry prior to celebrating the Berkeley College Online® ribbon-cutting at expanded facilities in Paramus, NJ. (Center, L to R): Reggie Smith III, PhD, Berkeley College Trustee; Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Online; Jill Buban, PhD, Senior Director of Research & Innovation, Online Learning Consortium; Russell Poulin, Director, Policy and Analysis, WCET; and Deborah Adair, Executive Director, Quality Matters. (Bottom, L to R): Berkeley College leaders join the online summit participants, including Reggie Smith III, PhD, Berkeley College Trustee; Kevin L. Luing, Chairman, Berkeley College Board of Trustees;Deborah Adair, Executive Director, Quality Matters; Jill Buban, PhD, Senior Director of Research & Innovation, Online Learning Consortium; Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Online; Michael J. Smith, President, Berkeley College; and Russell Poulin, Director, Policy and Analysis, WCET.
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