National Distance Learning Week at Berkeley College Recognizes 20 Years of Innovation and Growth in Online Education

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As Berkeley College celebrates National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) November 5 to November 9, 2018, in accordance with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), it recognizes the growth in online learning Berkeley College has experienced over the past 20 years. During the fall 2018 semester, 45 percent of Berkeley College undergraduates are enrolled in at least one online class. Nineteen percent of Berkeley College undergraduates and 95 percent of the graduate students are earning their degrees online.

“As a pioneer in online teaching and learning, Berkeley College provides students with dynamic experiences and flexible options for pursuing higher education,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College.

NDLW highlights worldwide content that features distance-learning accomplishments from all sectors including pre-K-12, higher education, corporate, government/military and telehealth. As part of the celebration, Berkeley College is offering students a number of online-related activities that include the Online Film Club’s selection “Ready, Player One,” an Online Fall Art & Creativity Festival; an Online Scavenger Hunt; virtual community service opportunities; an online essay contest, and a Virtual Interview Day. The Online Book Club will feature a faculty panel discussion titled “Virtual Reality in Education.” The panelists will discuss the future of distance education as virtual reality technology becomes more mainstream.

 “Berkeley College has come a long way in online teaching and learning,” said Joseph Scuralli, DPS, Dean, Berkeley College Online. “We have had many successes, including earning the USDLA continued Quality Standards certification status. Today Berkeley College offers more than 200 courses online, and our initiatives to improve the quality of our students’ experiences continue.”

For the past five years, 2014-2018, 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.

In honor of 20 years of excellence online, Berkeley College Online® set out to make a difference, one month at a time, choosing community services efforts to benefit activities and organizations that characterized excellence in the services they offer for the benefit of others. Donations were collected for men, women, children, and pets. Efforts included food collections for the homeless, pet supplies for rescue animals, plastic caps to create buddy benches, Band-Aids for pediatric cancer patients, and toiletries and undergarments for disadvantaged individuals.

Year-round, Berkeley College 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 invited to apply for the Berkeley College Honors Program. 

To read about how two students are earning their Health Services Management degrees online click here and here. You can also read stories about the success of military and veteran students – click here.

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 7,000 students – including more than 350 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

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