Berkeley College Collaborates to Launch Tool that Helps Consumers Distinguish Options in Online Higher Education

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According to the Babson Survey Research Group’s “Online and Distance Education Higher Education Reports,” more than one in three learners take at least one online course, and one in seven take all of their college courses at a distance. Now, students seeking an online education to pursue their educational goals and careers have a credible, in-depth resource to help them choose a program. Berkeley College was among four organizations with extensive experience in distance learning that worked together to establish the tool, accessible through the link on the website of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. The other organizations that contributed to this collaboration included the Online Learning Consortium, Quality Matters, and WCET, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies. The tool allows the user to examine questions that address essential topics in informing one’s decision about choosing a college- level distance-learning program.

“There is significant variation among online programs,” said Deb Adair, Executive Director, Quality Matters. “Students shouldn’t assume one size fits all. They need to be prepared to make informed decisions between programs based on the kind of experience, technology, support and outcomes they offer.”


“This tool will be very helpful in navigating a complex decision-making process for selecting an online program,” said Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Online®. “The questions address important areas for a student to consider such as the student experience and financial concerns.”


The user-friendly tool encompasses questions about academic and professional expectations, learning experiences, money matters, technology, support services and outcomes.

About Berkeley College
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College celebrates 20 years of offering distance learning this year. 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 New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are four campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For five 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


The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, commonly known as SARA, provide a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. When states join SARA – and membership is voluntary – they agree to follow uniform processes for approving their eligible institutions’ participation in SARA. They also agree to deal with other states’ SARA institutions in a common way when those institutions carry out activities in SARA states other than their own. SARA’s uniform standards and policies help protect students and provide benefits to both states and institutions carrying out distance education in multiple states. As of June 2018, 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are members of SARA. About 1,800 colleges and universities participate. Visit for more information.


About Online Learning Consortium

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is a collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner – anyone, anywhere, anytime. OLC inspires innovation and quality through an extensive set of resources, including, best-practice publications, quality benchmarking, leading-edge instruction, community-driven conferences, practitioner-based and empirical research and expert guidance. Visit for more information.


About Quality Matters

Quality Matters (QM) ( is an international, U.S.-based nonprofit organization specializing in standards, processes and professional development for quality assurance in online and blended learning. QM tools and resources are regularly revised to reflect current research and best practices. When you see QM Certification Marks on courses or programs, it means they have met QM Course Design Standards or QM Program Review Criteria in a rigorous review process.


About WCET
WCET – the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies – is the leader in the practice, policy, and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. WCET is a national, member-driven, nonprofit, which brings together colleges and universities, higher education organizations and companies to collectively improve the quality and reach of e-learning programs. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), WCET’s parent organization, serves states, students, and institutions throughout and beyond the American West, and is one of four U.S. regional interstate compacts. Learn more:


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