National Distance Learning Week at Berkeley College Previews 20th Anniversary of Online Education

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Berkeley College alumni, business partners, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the 20th anniversary of online education at Berkeley College during National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) on November 7, 2017. The festivities included a preview of initiatives to commemorate 20 years of online education at Berkeley College in 2018. During NDLW, November 6 - 10, 2017, the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), showcases worldwide content that features distance learning accomplishments from all sectors including Pre-K-12, Higher Education, Corporate, Government/Military and Telehealth.

“Berkeley College is proud to be one of the first college or university programs worldwide certified by Berkeley College by the United States Distance Learning Association,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “Since that designation four years ago, Berkeley College strives to continue achieving even greater levels of excellence in its online program. Best of all, we see that innovation and flexibility afforded through online learning are two aspects of the Berkeley College experience that influence student and graduate outcome in positive ways. Adult learners especially need flexible paths to a college degree or career certification,” he added.

Speakers at the gathering included Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Online®; Kevin L. Luing, Berkeley College Board Chairman; Joseph Scuralli, DPS, Dean, Online; and alumna Jessica Mahoney, Esq., of Middletown, NY,

Dr. Scuralli taught his first online course in 2010. “Standing on the shoulders of the faculty that had taught before me, I found teaching Berkeley College online courses to be a very rewarding and enriching experience,” he said. “Using the technology available online was much more interesting than being in a brick and mortar classroom.” 

“Berkeley College has come a long way since those first days 20 years ago,” Dr. Scuralli said. “We have had many successes, including earning the United States Distance Learning Association continued Quality Standards Certification status. Today we run approximately 400 sections per term, with more than 3,000 students taking at least one online course per term, and our initiatives to improve the quality of our students’ experience continue.”

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Ms. Mahoney was on the fast track when she graduated from Berkeley College with a BS 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.

“I knew Berkeley College was the right choice for me.  I was able to live at home, work part-time, and obtain an internship at a local law office while earning my degree,” she said. “Taking courses online required a great level of self-discipline,” Ms. Mahoney said.  “I learned the importance of time management, organization and how to balance my life. That transferred over in my career as an attorney where I constantly manage deadlines,” she added.

Ms. 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, Ms. Mahoney opened her own firm, JM Mahoney Law PLLC, in September 2017. Prior to opening her own firm, Ms. 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 teach at Berkeley College beginning in January 2018 as an adjunct professor for Legal Studies.

Other Berkeley College alumni in attendance at the celebration included Crystal Chisholm of Bloomfield, NJ, and Assata Knox of Summit, NJ.

Ms. Chisholm graduated with an AAS in 2001 in Business Administration – Office System Management, and a BS in 2010 in Management – Human Resources Management. Now she is the CEO and Founder of Crayne Career Solutions, LLC, conducting speaking engagements and career counseling services for individuals from all walks of life.

“I always had a love for Human Resources,” said Ms. Chisholm. “But after being in the corporate workplace for 17 years I realized I needed a Bachelor’s degree, and I was pregnant at the time. It gave me freedom and flexibility. Returning by taking courses at Berkeley College Online was a good challenge for me.”

Ms. Knox graduated from Berkeley College in 2010 with a BS in Finance.  She is currently enrolled in the MBA in Management program at Berkeley College and is the Lead Customer Service Representative for The Connection, a nonprofit organization located in Summit, NJ, that offers enrichment programs for all members of the community.

“I chose Berkeley College because I could take courses online,” Ms. Knox said. “After I graduate with my MBA in 2018 I can offer my employer more expertise from a business and managerial perspective.”

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 faculty, 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 and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans.

Photo Captions: Top: Enjoying the celebration during National Distance Learning Week at Berkeley College are (L to R) Kevin Luing, Chairman; Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Online®, alumna Jessica Mahoney, Esq. of Middletown, NY, and Joseph Scuralli, DPS, Dean, Online. The festivities included a preview of initiatives to commemorate 20 years of online education at Berkeley College in 2018. Middle (L to R):  Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Online, pauses for a picture with alumna Jessica Mahoney, Esq., of Middletown, NY; Michael Iris, Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations and Career Services; and alumni Assat Knox of Summit, NJ, and Chrystal Chisolm of Bloomfield, NJ, during National Distance Learning Week at Berkeley College. The festivities included a preview of initiatives to commemorate 20 years of online education at Berkeley College in 2018. Bottom (L to R): Business partner representatives Ellen Davis, Executive Director, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Bergen County; Susan Gordon, HR Manager, Mamiye Brothers, Inc.; Flore Dorcely-Mohr, Director, Career Services, Berkeley College Online; Michelle Vernuccio, President, North Jersey Chamber of Commerce; Richard Onque, Account Manager, Ajulia Executive Search; and Ihor Andruch, Career Counselor, Berkeley College Online, celebrate National Distance Learning Week at Berkeley College on November 7, 2017.  The festivities included a preview of initiatives to commemorate 20 years of online education at Berkeley College in 2018.

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. 

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

To see some of the activities in celebration of NDLW at Berkeley College, click here.

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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