Berkeley College Dean to Speak on Emerging Trends in Education at City & State On Education Forum

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Marianne Vakalis, EdD, Berkeley College Dean of Strategic Initiatives, will address the future of higher education and the ways technology can improve student outcomes at the City & State On Education forum on August 17, 2016. Dr. Marianne Vakalis, Berkeley College Dean

Dr. Vakalis will be joined by education professionals who will tackle topics such as state testing, parental and student rights, and the STEM curriculum in New York City schools. Carmen Farina, New York City Schools Chancellor, will deliver the keynote address.

Other panelists on the “Emerging Trends in Education” panel include Monica Disare, Education Reporter, Chalkbeat NY; Josh Wallack, Deputy Chancellor, New York City Department of Education; Daniel Dromm, Council Member and Chair of Committee on Education; Cynthia Getz, New York City Account Team Senior Manager, Custom Computer Specialists, Inc.; and Vlada Lotkina, Co-Founder and CEO,

Dr. Vakalis provides leadership and guidance for strategic initiatives at Berkeley College, such as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Self-Study and the College’s transition from quarters to a semester-based system.

In her previous position as Provost, Dr. Vakalis advanced the scope of student-focused programs at Berkeley College, which included development of the Academic Support Center, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the Honors Program for high-achieving students. She also guided the successful implementation of pre-college programs, worked to develop articulation agreements with local county colleges, and secured approval for the College’s first graduate degree, an MBA in Management. 

A former computer science faculty member and Fulbright Exchange Professor, Dr. Vakalis has presented on the value of technology and distance learning. Under her leadership, Berkeley College Online® was awarded United States Distance Learning Association/Quality Standards certification – the first program in New York and New Jersey to achieve this status. 

Date and Time:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
8 a.m. to 12 noon 


Fordham University – Pope Auditorium
113 West 60th Street
New York, NY 

To Register: Click here to view the full list of speakers and to register. 

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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

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