Online Learning Expands to Graduate Program at Berkeley College

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Activities celebrate National Distance Learning Week


Berkeley College Celebrates National Distance Learning Week

As National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is celebrated November 7-11, 2016, by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), all USDLA sectors including Pre-K-12, Higher Education, Corporate, Government/Military and Telehealth are educating their communities about the amazing growth in distance learning and showcasing their accomplishments. At Berkeley College, as NDLW student and faculty activities kick-off, growth in online learning continues.  Nearly 3,300 of the more than 8,000 students enrolled in at least one online course in the Fall 2016, including 67 graduate students in the Master of Business Administration in Management degree program. To see the full details about Berkeley College Online® NDLW activities click here. 

The common denominator among more and more Berkeley College students and graduates who take courses online is career success.

“All types of businesses require online training as part of their operations,” said Joseph Scuralli, DPS, Dean, Berkeley College Online. “Online students and graduates are prepared and effective in this regard, so employers perceive this as an advantage.” 

“The experience, resources and leadership opportunities available at Berkeley College are as comprehensive online as they are for a student who is attending courses on site,” said Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Online. “Our activities throughout the year, and especially during National Distance Learning Week, reflect the great diversity and opportunities offered through online learning at Berkeley College.”

 For the third consecutive year U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees, and Best Online Programs for Veterans. Berkeley College Online has received Quality Standards (QS) certification for excellence from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and was one of the first colleges or universities worldwide to receive this certification. Institutions that receive USDLA/QS certification have been evaluated using 124 standards that focus on the areas of administration; leadership and management; student affairs; and teaching and learning.  

Berkeley College Online Expands

Photo Caption (Top):  Berkeley College begins celebrating National Distance Learning Week early when faculty and staff gathered for a training and development day during the 85th anniversary year of Berkeley College. (Above) Cutting the ribbon at new expanded facilities for Berkeley College Online® in Paramus, NJ, on September 15, 2016 are (Left to Right): Pat Verile, Associate, High School Admissions, Berkeley College, Woodland Park, NJ, and Paramus, NJ, Council Member; Jeanne Weber, Paramus Council Member; Kevin L. Luing, Chairman, Berkeley College Board of Trustees; Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Online; Michael J. Smith, President, Berkeley College; Beth M. Castiglia, PhD, Provost, Berkeley College; and Joseph Scuralli, DPS, Berkeley College Dean, Online. 

“Pursuing my MBA has given me the confidence to network and showcase my talent,” Sharon Gaines-Sarigü of Brooklyn, NY, who works as a Team Assistant in Administrative Services for PwC, a global accounting and professional services firm.  She is enrolled in the online MBA in Management program at Berkeley College. “I love the flexibility of taking online classes,” said Ms. Gaines-Sarigül. “I walk between 20 and 25 miles every weekend with my family.  I like the fact that I am able to go out and exercise and come home to complete my coursework at any time during the day.” 

Whitney Rolle graduated from Berkeley College in 2012 with a BBA in Financial Services, taking courses both online and onsite in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, NY. Taking online courses at Berkeley College not only prepared Mr. Rolle for a prosperous career in banking and auditing, but offered convenience while he was serving in the U.S. Army.  “After every foot patrol, I would sit in my hooch, a small tent made with an Army poncho, and work on assignments from thousands of miles away,” Mr. Rolle said.   

A resident of White Plains, NY, Mr. Rolle got his start in financial services at JPMorgan Chase as an Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Compliance Investigator. He currently works as a banking consultant providing AML investigation services to banks, and has been serving as the Executive Director of Heroes United, a nonprofit veteran service organization that will provide social reintegration support to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. 

Janet Maghan Gollinge of Jackson, NJ, first graduated from Berkeley College’s Executive Secretarial program in 1982. When she wanted to pursue a career in Human Resources, she knew Berkeley College was the right place for her to return, and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration Management in 2007. She credits being able to take classes both online and on site in Woodland Park and Woodbridge, NJ, with helping her succeed. “You have to be disciplined when taking online courses,” she said. “Those classes were very helpful because it taught me self-discipline.”

Ms. Gollinge also credits Berkeley College professors for her career preparation. “Their knowledge of the business world was very valuable to me,” she said. “Their stories from professional experience were interesting and something I could relate to.” Ms. Gollinge is the Human Resources Director at Atlantic Federal Credit Union in Kenilworth, NJ.

Matt Rodriguez of Manhattan, NY, is a Berkeley College Online student who expects to graduate with his BBA degree in Health Administration in December 2016. “Every day, going online, I know that I will have a great conversation with a classmate or a professor. Looking at the discussion boards to hear each person’s opinion or approach on certain topics or assignments is great,” Mr. Rodroguez said. “The community itself is why I chose Berkeley College Online. I can honestly say that I learn something new about my classmates each and every week. To see the complete story click here.

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. 

About the United States Distance Learning Association 
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, MA.  USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.  USDLA will celebrate National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) November 9-13, 2015.  Please visit for more information. 

About Berkeley College
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 8,000 students – including more than 600 international students – in its Master, 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 three New York campuses – 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. The website address is  For more information about Berkeley College Online go to:

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