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Berkeley College Online® offers some potentially great opportunities for new students who want to work in a variety of professional fields.
Berkeley College Online® Redefines the Online College Experience
Once stigmatized as a lesser or inefficient option to traditional on-campus colleges, online education is attracting attention around the world for its many benefits and advantages. For more than a decade, Berkeley College Online® has been at the forefront of distance learning, providing exceptional, career-focused online degree and certificate programs in a range of fields. Our commitment to setting the standards for online education continues to set Berkeley apart from other online college programs.
Accredited and recognized for excellence
Berkeley College is the first and only online program in New York and New Jersey to achieve USDLA/QS certification, establishing Berkeley College Online in an elite group of institutions recognized for excellence in distance learning. Institutions that receive USDLA/QS certification are evaluated using 124 separate standards, including areas like administration, leadership, management, student affairs, teaching and learning, and learning infrastructure.
However, our program doesn’t just meet the industry standards, it exceeds them. In 2017, for the fourth consecutive year, Berkeley was named one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs and Best Online Programs for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report.
An exceptional faculty also makes Berkeley College Online standout. Our diverse faculty members are selected not only for excellent academic credentials, but also for relevant professional experience in the subjects they teach. Students benefit from the real-world knowledge shared by professors and learn the skills to succeed in an increasingly competitive workplace. Faculty participate in an Online Faculty Training Program, a robust, quarter-long workshop, developed to ensure a quality online learning environment. Associate Online Chair Rosemarie McLaughlin, recipient of the Innovation in Online Teaching Award at the Faculty of the Year Dinner 2016 and Mary Jane Clerkin, who served on the Program Committee of the IFWE USDLA 2016 Conference, are just two examples of the exceptional faculty at Berkeley College Online.
A True College Experience in an Online Environment
Berkeley College Online realizes that learning also takes place outside coursework. In response, we provide numerous opportunities for student engagement and extracurricular activities.
While many of Berkeley’s on-campus organizations and activities are open to online students, a range of academic and social clubs allows students to network and share interests in the online environment. Programs such as One Step Closer, which allows online students to meet with online professors for social activities; an Online Book Club; and special chats with College President Michael Smith are just a few of the many opportunities for students to engage and grow with the Berkeley community.
Greater Levels of Flexibility and Affordability
Finally, one of the most appreciated benefits of Berkeley College Online is the exceptional level of flexibility and convenience. The ability to study from virtually any location (where permitted by law) is often the only way to fit a quality education into the schedule of students who are working full-time, raising families, or faced with other constraints.
Students also appreciate the savings that come with online classes. The elimination of housing and transportation costs can make a significant difference in financing a college education.
Berkeley College Online continues to attract a diverse student body seeking a career-focused education while balancing personal and professional commitments. Some are new college students, while others hope to expand their career options. To learn how Berkeley College Online can help you graduate to a better future, apply now.