Berkeley College Celebrates National Distance Learning Week; Launches 20th Anniversary Year Offering College Courses Online

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As Berkeley College prepares to celebrate National Distance Learning Week, November 6 – 10, 2017, the College also launches its celebration of 20 years offering higher education online teaching and learning. As one of the first college or university programs worldwide to be certified by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), Berkeley College continues to strive for excellence by applying additional quality measures for academic programs that are offered both on site and online.

“The delivery of courses with the highest quality is a major priority for Berkeley College Online,” said Joseph Scuralli, DPS, Dean, Online, Berkeley College. “The synergies we develop from interacting with certifying organizations such as the USDLA and Quality Matters, the Berkeley College Online Faculty Support Team and the Berkeley College Online faculty have set us on a path for reaching even higher levels of success in achieving our mission of empowering students to achieve lifelong success in dynamic careers," he added.

Nearly 3,100 students – or 44 percent – of undergraduates, and 104 graduate students – 88 percent – were enrolled in at least one online course at Berkeley College in the Fall 2017. More than 395 sections of 188 undergraduate online courses are being taught by 194 instructors, and 22 graduate level online courses by 14 faculty this semester.

The online program at Berkeley College is supported through outstanding leadership, and for the past four years, 2014 – 2017, Berkeley College has been cited by U.S News & World Report for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

“As Berkeley College Online approaches its 20th anniversary, we are cognizant of the many lives that have been impacted by the use of technology in education,” said Michael J. Smith, President, Berkeley College. “National Distance Learning Week is an appropriate time to focus on the benefits of online education, especially for adult learners who need a flexible path to a college degree or career certification,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College.

 To see additional Berkeley College Online Fast Facts, click here.

Some of the activities during NDLW at Berkeley College include:

  • Essay Contest – In recognition of the 20th anniversary of offering online learning at Berkeley College, student submissions received between November 6 and December 3, 2017 that address the question “In the past 20 years, what has been the most significant event in your life, and why?” will be judged by a panel representing faculty, the Center for Academic Success, and Library Services.  Prizes include gift cards from Amazon.
  • The Online Fall Art & Creativity Festival – submissions of creative expressions, include photography, photos of original artwork, graphic and interior designs, poetry and other original written work, as well as creative works in multimedia and audio recording, being accepted now through November 3, 2017 by the Berkeley College community
  • The Virtual Film Club showing of Shakespeare in Love – Best Picture 1998 with opportunity to discuss with the Online Film Club
  • Online Bookstore Savings include 30 percent discount on all merchandised purchased during National Distance Learning Week (certain exclusions such as books, laptops, electronics and others, apply)
  • Virtual Chess Tournament – Students can register for a free account and complete the registration form for the tournament
  • Charity Miles/Virtual Community Service – Getting fit with the Online Campus has the goal of 20,000,000 steps to help the charity of choice for participants.  The Charity Miles app is downloadable to the phone and participants can then join the Berkeley College Online Charity Miles Team and get walking.  Begin during national Distance Learning Week and count your workouts throughout the year to count toward the goal.
  • Game of Phones – Students have the opportunity to use their telephone interview skills in hopes of receiving a mock job offer – includes prizes.

Online campus life experiences include online clubs, social media engagement, wellness and personal development programs, and workshops focusing on student success. All of the student support services such as Academic Advisement, Library, the Center for Academic Success, and Career Services are available to online students as well as to students on site. Berkeley College Online students are also welcome to apply for the Berkeley College Honors Program. 

Jessica M. Mahoney, Esq., of Middletown, NY, was on the fast track when she graduated from Berkeley College with a Bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice in 2011.  Her dream since childhood was to become a lawyer.  She took courses in Midtown Manhattan, White Plains, NY, and online.

“Taking courses online required a great level of self-discipline,” Mrs. Mahoney said.  “I learned the importance of organization and task planning while working through the curriculum and managing assignment due dates on my own. That transferred over in my career as an attorney where I constantly manage deadlines.”

Mrs. Mahoney graduated from Albany Law School in 2014, the same year she sat for the New York State Bar Exam.  By 2015 she was sworn in as an Attorney and Counsellor at Law by the Second Department of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. 

Focusing primarily in the areas of real property and municipal law, Mrs. Mahoney opened her own firm, JM Mahoney Law PLLC, in September 2017. Prior to opening her own firm, Mrs. Mahoney was an Associate Attorney at The Law Office of Elizabeth K. Cassidy PLLC, in Warwick, NY, and  Drake Loeb PLLC, in New Windsor, NY. Mrs. Mahoney will also be teaching at Berkeley College beginning in January 2018 as an adjunct professor for Legal Studies.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,100 students – including more than 440 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate’s 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 an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has three campuses in New York – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is

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