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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2019
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Happy New Year from Berkeley College
More than 450 attendees learned strategies for empowering women economically and politically during Women in Leadership: Breaking Barriers in October 2018. This was the fourth consecutive year that Berkeley College has hosted a globally recognized celebration in recognition of Women’s Entrepreneurship Week.
Berkeley College celebrated the more than 2,300 students who were awarded diplomas during the 2018 Commencement ceremony at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on May 11, 2018. The ceremony featured the second class of Master of Business Administration in Management students and those graduating from New Jersey’s first Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
20th Anniversary of Distance Learning
Berkeley College Online® celebrated 20 years of excellence, aligning its activities for the year with philanthropy. The Online team collected hundreds of pounds of plastic caps to create a Buddy Bench for the Academy of St. Dorothy in Staten Island, NY, and reached a symbolic 20,000,000 steps on the Charity Miles app. Nineteen percent of Berkeley College undergraduates and 95 percent of graduate students at Berkeley College are earning their degrees online.
Virtual Technology in the Classroom
In 2018, faculty in several disciplines engaged students in learning experiences using virtual reality technology in the classroom. A Virtual Reality Faculty Interest Group learned to effectively use headsets and free mobile applications to provide immersive experiences to their students.
Berkeley Cares Gives Back
From hurricane relief to donations of food and volunteer hours, Berkeley associates and students stepped up to show that #BerkeleyCares. With a matching donation from the Larry L. Luing Family Foundation, the College donated more than $4,300 to Americares to aid those affected by Hurricane Florence . The College tackled hunger with the New York Jets at the Food Bank for New York City, and tallied 1,700 service hours during Community Service Week.
In 2018, the conversion from Blackboard to the Canvas learning management system marked a transformative milestone. Additionally, students named and began to use the Engage portal for student services.
Innovation Builds Creativity
Berkeley College appointed a task force to define innovation and to foster a pipeline of creative ideas toward implementation. In 2018, associates submitted more than 30 ideas related to several areas, from academics to associate relations.
Berkeley College honored outstanding faculty during its annual Faculty Recognition Dinner in November 2018. Faculty members were recognized for commitment to students, excellence in teaching, and innovation, among other achievements. More than 140 participants from 18 academic institutions attended the sixth conference of the Consortium for Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking, titled “Defining ‘Critical’ in the 21st Century,” held at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan.
In December 2018, Berkeley College appointed Marsha Pollard, PhD, as Provost of Berkeley College. Dr. Pollard has nearly two decades of experience in higher education at top-ranked national universities. “Dr. Pollard is a strong, visible and engaged leader who believes in the mission of Berkeley College,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “She brings a commitment to excellence that is synonymous with our mission of empowering students to achieve lifelong success in dynamic careers.”
The collaboration between Berkeley College and Guizhou University of Finance and Economics (GUFE) in China continued, as faculty and students from China joined the learning community at Berkeley College in White Plains, NY. Berkeley College launched its inaugural study abroad program with a group of undergraduate students from the Larry L. Luing School of Business® enrolled at Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany. Berkeley Language Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkeley Educational Services of New York, Inc., acquired Rennert International, a New York City-based international language school, teacher training center and translation services provider. The venture allows Berkeley College to better serve students through a one-stop approach to language education and English as a Second Language resources.
Berkeley College joined the Obama Foundation, My Brother’s Keeper and community partners in Newark to support the Pathways to Success Opportunity Summit at Prudential Center. More than 1,300 young men of color had the opportunity to interview for jobs and build their professional skill sets.
The College hosted more than 50 representatives from social service organizations and nonprofits for a meeting of the Community Networking Association in Woodland Park. More than 80 digital learning professionals discussed opportunities and challenges in online learning during the OLC Collaborate conference at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan.
The Berkeley College Knights captured their fourth consecutive United States Collegiate Athletic Association national basketball title, going 28-1 for the season. The Men’s Soccer team in New York won the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) regular-season title, qualified for the HVIAC Tournament, and received a USCAA national tournament bid. Athletes from the Men’s Soccer teams and Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country teams received All-American, All-Conference, Rookie of the Year, and Student-Athlete of the Year honors.
Armory Indoor Marathon
Berkeley College faculty and staff finished in first place in the Colleges and Universities category during the NYC Indoor Marathon Team Relay , in support of fitness and education programs through The Armory Foundation. Earlier in the year, the College was a sponsor of the U.S. Army Hispanic Games and the New Balance Games at The Armory in Washington Heights, NY.
Leaders on Campus
Berkeley College in Woodbridge welcomed Elie Honig, Director of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, as the keynote speaker during “March Matters,” a discussion with professionals in the legal and justice studies fields. Students in the Legal Studies program heard from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ira Berkow of The New York Times.
The MBA Executive Speaker series continued with Jeanette Whitman-Lee, Vice President, Human Resources at Educational Alliance, and Vanessa Nazario, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, addressing students.
Honoring the Military
In August, the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs hosted its ninth baseball outing for Gold Star families. The Veterans Graduation Salute honored the achievements of 59 student-veterans and inducted 26 students into the military-aligned honor society SALUTE. Students, associates and alumni again marched in the New York City Veterans Day Parade in November.
Berkeley College Foundation
The Berkeley College Foundation appointed three new members to its Board of Directors: Andrew Fenster of Ai Media Group, Inc.; Andrenaia Giordano of TD Bank; and Nancy Robles-Guess of Eastern Funding LLC. The Inaugural Leadership and Scholarship Recognition Dinner honored eight student scholarship recipients and those who have made outstanding contributions to the Foundation’s mission.
Graduates enjoyed a dinner cruise, a tour of the New York Public Library, and a community service activity during Alumni Weekend 2018 in Midtown Manhattan. They came together again in December to celebrate the holidays, and collected more than 60 toys for Our Way to Hope in Paterson, NJ, a nonprofit founded by a 2015 alumna.
Alumna Jessica Mahoney, Esq., received the 2018 Alumni of the Year Award. The award is presented annually to a Berkeley College graduate who has enjoyed professional success and fulfillment through community service.
Awards and Honors
Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and More
The College again was ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report. Healing the Children® New Jersey recognized Berkeley College with the Partnership in Caring award for supporting the organization in its mission to provide medical care to children in need around the world. Berkeley College’s Accounting program was ranked third in the state by the NJBIZ reader survey.
Military Times announced in its survey results in October 2018 that Berkeley College is among the “Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 Four-Year Schools.” This is the sixth year Berkeley College has received the distinction. The Military Times survey included hundreds of colleges across the United States and used their answers, combined with federal data, to rank the schools in the areas of university culture, academic quality and outcomes, policies, student support and costs and financial aid.
The College again was ranked among the Best Online Programs for Veterans, placing at No. 74 nationwide. The College received awards and distinctions from Military Advanced Education & Transition and U.S. Veterans Magazine.
NJBIA Excellence in Community Service
The New Jersey Business and Industry Association honored Berkeley College with the Award for Excellence in Community Service. Since its inception in 2010, Berkeley College Community Service Day and Community Service Week have provided more than 13,000 hands-on volunteer hours to organizations in New Jersey and New York, including the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, and Boys and Girls clubs.
Berkeley College in the News
Virtual reality on campus was of interest in the Campus Technology and University Business publications. Matthew LaBrake, Senior Director, Online Library and Technology Services, was featured by NJBIZ as part of its Vanguard Series on Leaders in Higher Education for his work with technology in the classroom.
WBGO interviewed Gloria Davy, PhD, Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Liberal Arts, about the Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, where students worked to remove bias online. ROI-NJ covered Women’s Entrepreneurship Week at Berkeley College with a series of three articles. Read them here, here and here.
Berkeley College was prominently featured in a New Jersey Business article about the ways Newark’s colleges are making an economic impact. Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College, joined other college presidents for a series in eCampusNews that covered leadership advice, increasing innovation, and their proudest achievements.
The College’s Community Service Week efforts were highlighted on News 12 New Jersey, when associates placed flags at the graves of fallen servicemembers prior to Memorial Day.