Berkeley College Appoints Rachél Fester, PhD, Associate Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness


, 2014

Contact:  Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
201-291-1111, ext. 1-5122


Rachél Fester, PhD, has been appointed as Berkeley College Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness is responsible for conducting assessments on institutional performance, including student learning outcomes and program evaluations, and collecting and analyzing data to inform decision-making in areas such as academic affairs, student affairs, campus administration and college operations.

“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Fester to Berkeley College,” said Dario A. Cortes PhD, President of Berkeley College. “In her new role, Dr. Fester will be responsible for identifying processes for strengthening the institution so that it may more effectively serve its many constituents and fulfill its mission of career-oriented student learning.”

Most recently, Dr. Fester served as Executive Director of Assessment and Planning for the College of Mount Saint Vincent, NY, and Associate Research Scholar at the Center for Institutional and Social Change, Columbia Law School, Columbia University. Dr. Fester is the recipient of numerous awards including a U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences pre-doctoral training fellowship; a University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Dean’s Scholarship; and a Harvard College Scholarship. She has taught graduate courses at Baruch College School of Public Affairs and has given presentations such as “Assessment and Institutional Research,” “The Education of Women” and “Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations” as a guest  lecturer at several colleges and universities.

Dr. Fester has a doctorate degree in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania; a graduate degree in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College School of Public Affairs; a graduate degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from The University of Chicago; and an undergraduate degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University.

Berkeley College provides traditional and online degree options and blended learning opportunities to prepare students for careers in some of today’s most in-demand professions. Berkeley College was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Colleges in the Online Bachelor Degree category. Students at Berkeley College benefit from a supportive, flexible, global learning environment that connects them with workplace experience in their areas of study before graduation.

A leader in providing career-focused education for more than 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students — including more than 900 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. The College has three New York locations — Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations — Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, Newark, Clifton and Dover. Berkeley College Online® also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is

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