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U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT RANKS BERKELEY COLLEGE
Photo Caption A: Berkeley College student Emily Pross gets to pursue her sport traveling the downhill longboarding circuit in competition while earning her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications online, with convenient access online to all of the student services and support on-site students receive.
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The U.S. News & World Report rankings for Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs are out and Berkeley College is No. 1 among colleges ranked in New Jersey and No. 8 among colleges ranked in New York.
For the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs. Nationwide, Berkeley is No. 125 out of 357 schools surveyed. U.S. News & World Report ranked 259 out of these.
In New Jersey, Berkeley College ranked first among the five New Jersey colleges. In New York, Berkeley College ranked eighth among the 17 colleges located in New York.
“The U.S. News & World Report rankings speak to the quality of a Berkeley College online degree, and to our two decades of expertise in distance education,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “U.S. News & World Report is a primary resource for prospective students researching their options for college and degree programs. Students seeking the best online degree programs can enroll with confidence in Berkeley College,” added Mr. Smith.
Colleges are ranked by U.S. News & World Report on factors such as student engagement, which includes areas such as best practices, graduation rates, assessments, class size and retention rates; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and peer reputation.
“We are honored to once again be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for our initiatives to improve the quality of students’ online learning experiences,” said Joseph Scuralli, DPS, Dean, Berkeley College Online®. “Berkeley College continues to seek additional certifications of its online courses from Quality Matters, an international organization that is recognized as a leader in quality assurance for online education,” he added. To read an article by Dr. Scuralli on the top three misconceptions about learning online, click here.
Online Education at Berkeley College Gives World Champion Longboarder the Flexibility to Pursue Her Sport and a College Degree
For Berkeley College student Emily Pross, studying online allows her to compete globally in the downhill longboarding circuit while earning her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications. Ms. Pross regularly travels the world as the top-ranked female downhill longboarder in International Downhill Federation races. When not competing in a sport traditionally dominated by men, Ms. Pross utilizes resources provided to Berkeley College students online and on-site to continue her studies.
“Thanks to studying online, I can sign into my classes and complete coursework before and after competitions while I am on the road,” said Ms. Pross of Vernon, NJ, who is on track to graduate in 2019.
In 2018, Berkeley College commemorates 20 years of offering online education. Berkeley College began offering online courses in 1998 and online degrees in 2003. As of fall 2017, nearly 3,100 undergraduates and 104 graduate students were enrolled in at least one online course at Berkeley College. 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. To date more than 3,000 students have graduated with online degrees.
Berkeley College Online students have access to the same support services as students who attend on site, including Academic Advisement, the Library, Career Services, and the Center for Academic Success. Online campus life experiences include online clubs, social media engagement, wellness and personal development programs, and workshops focusing on student success. Click here to learn more about Berkeley College Online.
Online Education Accelerates Berkeley Grad’s Path to Becoming a Lawyer
Berkeley College alumna Jessica Mahoney of Middletown, NY, acknowledges how she benefitted from earning her degree in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice online at Berkeley College. “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.
Ms. Mahoney graduated from Berkeley College in three years, with a BS in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice she earned in 2011. She took courses on site and online. She then followed her childhood dream to become a lawyer. Ms. Mahoney graduated from Albany Law School in 2014, the same year she sat for the New York State Bar Exam. By 2015 Ms. Mahoney 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.
“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.”
Photo Caption B: From left to right, Kevin L. Luing, Board Chairman; Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Online®, alumna Jessica Mahoney, Esq., of Middletown, NY, and Joseph Scuralli, DPS, Dean, Online, recognize 20 years of online learning at Berkeley College.
In addition to being ranked in the Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Program category, the College also made the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 U.S. News & World Report lists for Best Online Programs for Veterans. Click here to learn more about the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs at 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 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 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. 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 www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
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