Employment, Retention, and Graduation Rates
Approximately eighty-one percent of New Jersey degree graduates, seventy-seven percent of New York degree graduates, and seventy-five percent of New Jersey certificate graduates who graduated during the academic year ending June 30, 2015 were employed in positions related to their programs of study by December 31, 2015.
Overall, approximately ninety-six percent of New Jersey degree graduates, ninety-four percent of New York degree graduates, and eighty-three percent of New Jersey certificate graduates who graduated during the academic year ending in June 30, 2015 were employed in some full-time, part-time, contract, and/or per diem position by December 31, 2015.
Rates are measured six months following the end of each academic term. The 2014-2015 academic year included four academic terms (summer, fall, winter, and spring). These rates include students who graduated at any point in the academic year (end of summer term + six months; end fall term + six months; etc.).
For example, students who graduated at the end of the spring term (June 30, 2015) and were employed within six months following the end of that term (December 31, 2015) are included. However, graduates who did not obtain employment until after the six-month period following the end of the summer term (January 1, 2016 on) are included in the overall calculation, but are not considered employed.
Employment rates of graduates are calculated based on communications between graduates and Career Services staff. Those percentages include all graduates who were employed in a full-time, part-time, contract, and/or per diem position within six months after graduation. The numbers include graduates who have found employment through direct referrals provided by Career Services; students whose Berkeley College internships have led to full-time, part-time, contract, and/or per diem employment; students who have found employment on their own, including many who have benefitted from coaching and resume assistance offered by Career Services; and students who have remained in positions they held prior to enrolling at and/or while attending Berkeley.
Relationships between occupations and programs of study are determined using a “crosswalk” between Classification of Instructional Programs published by the National Center for Education Statistics (CIP) and the Standard Occupational Classification system (SOC) administered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More information about the crosswalk may be found at https://www.onetonline.org. Graduates who decline placement assistance from the College and those who cannot be contacted or choose not to provide information are not reflected in the calculations. Reasons for declining placement assistance may include a lack of U.S. work authorization for international students, relocation, continuing education, military service, and medical or other personal issues and preferences.
Note: While graduates of the Interior Design B.F.A., Surgical Technology A.A.S, Medical Assistant Certificate, Practical Nurse Certificate programs are included in the overall rates described above, individual employment rates for those programs are also calculated in accordance with accreditation or state board requirements (some of which require alternative methodologies as described below).
Bachelor of Fine Arts (“B.F.A.”), Interior Design: In connection with an application for accreditation with the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), Berkeley College collects and publishes Interior Design B.F.A. student achievement information (including student retention rates, graduation rates, acceptance into graduate programs, and employment rates). Interior Design B.F.A. employment rates are calculated using the same methodology as the overall employment rates described above. To view the student achievement information, visit the B.F.A., Interior Design program page.
Surgical Technology Associate’s in Applied Science Degree: Berkeley College collects and annually reports employment rates for Surgical Technology degree program graduates as required by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (“ARC/STSA”). For the academic year August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014, the “positive placement” rate was 87%. ARC/STSA defines a “positive placement” to include graduates who are employed as a Surgical Technologist within one year of graduation, continuing their education and/or serving in the military. Graduates who are not employed for reasons that may include a lack of U.S. work authorization, relocation, and medical or other personal issues are considered “not working” for purposes of this annual report.
Medical Assistant Certificate: Berkeley College collects and annually reports employment rates for Medical Assistant certificate program graduates as required by the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (“MAERB”). The MAERB defines a “positive placement” to include graduates who are employed as a Medical Assistant, employed in a related field, continuing their education, and/or serving in the military. MAERB defines a “related field” as one in which the individual is using cognitive, psychomotor, and affective competencies acquired in the education program. A “related field” could include receptionist and other administrative positions within a physician’s office or other healthcare facility. The “positive placement” rate for students admitted into this program during the 2014 calendar year was 64.58%. Graduates who are not employed for reasons that may include a lack of U.S. work authorization, relocation, and medical or other personal issues are considered “not working” for purposes of this annual report.
Practical Nurse Certificate: Berkeley College collects and annually reports on employment rates for Practical Nurse certificate program graduates as required by the New Jersey Board of Nursing. For the reporting period beginning September 1, 2014 and ending August 31, 2015, 43.6% of graduates found employment as Licensed Practical Nurses within nine months after graduation.
Graduate and Professional Education
Federal law requires colleges to make available information regarding the types of graduate and professional education in which graduates of the institution’s four-year degree programs enroll.
In communications between graduates and Career Services staff, students graduating from Berkeley College with Bachelor's degrees in 2014 and 2015 have reported pursuing the following: (i) Master of Business Administration degrees (concentration not specified); (ii) Master of Business Administration degree in Financial Management, Human Resources, Pharmaceutical Management, and Public Administration; (iii) Juris Doctor degree; (iv) Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management, Applied Psychology, Digital Forensics & Cyber Investigations, and General Business; (v) Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Development, Police Graduate Studies, Criminal Justice, and Human Resource Management; (vi) Master’s degree in International Business, Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Marketing; (vii) Master of Public Administration; and (viii) Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Graduate Certificate.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates
The retention rate is a measure at which students persist in their educational program at an institution. For Berkeley College, this is the percentage of first-time Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduates from the previous fall who are again enrolled in the current fall.
The retention rate, as reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (“IPEDS”), for first-time, full-time (“FTFT”) freshman Bachelor’s degree-seeking students who enrolled in fall 2014 and continued their enrollment in fall 2015 was sixty-three percent for New Jersey students and fifty-eight percent for New York students. The retention rate for first-time, part-time freshman Bachelor’s degree-seeking students who enrolled in fall 2014 and continued their enrollment in fall 2015 was thirty-eight percent for New Jersey students and forty-two percent for New York students.
Among FTFT freshman Associate’s degree-seeking students enrolled in fall 2014, fifty-five percent of the New Jersey students and fifty-five percent of the New York students continued their enrollment in fall 2015. Among FTFT freshman certificate-seeking students enrolled in fall 2014, sixty-seven percent of New Jersey students either graduated or continued their enrollment in fall 2015.
Federal law requires colleges that participate in certain financial aid programs to report the percentage of first-time degree or certificate-seeking students who successfully completed those programs within one and a half times the “normal time” (for example, that would be six years for a Bachelor’s degree program or three years for an Associate’s degree program). These rates do not include part-time students or students who previously attended another post-secondary institution.
The overall graduation rate, as reported to IPEDS, for FTFT degree-seeking undergraduate students who entered in fall 2009 and successfully completed their programs within 150% of “normal time” was twenty-seven percent for New Jersey students and twenty-eight percent for New York students.
Bachelor’s Degree Programs
The graduation rate, as reported to IPEDS, for FTFT freshman Bachelor’s degree-seeking students who entered in fall 2009 and successfully completed their programs by August 2015 was twenty-six percent for New Jersey students and twenty-eight percent for New York students.
Additional information is available on the College Navigator:
New York: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=berkeley+college&s=all&id=189228
New Jersey: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=berkeley+college&s=all&id=183789
Associate’s Degree and Certificate Programs
The graduation rate, as reported to the New York State Education Department, for FTFT Associate’s freshman degree-seeking students who entered in fall 2012 and successfully completed their programs by August 2015 was twenty-five percent for New York students.
Among FTFT freshman associate’s degree-seeking students who entered in fall 2012, thirty-five percent of New Jersey students successfully completed their programs by August 2015. Among FTFT freshman certificate-seeking students who entered in fall 2013, sixty percent of New Jersey students successfully completed their programs at Berkeley College and graduated by summer 2016.
For information about graduation rates broken down by gender, ethnicity, and Pell grant recipients, click here.