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Berkeley College Ranked Among Nation’s Best for Sixth Consecutive Year by U.S. News & World Report
Dependability and consistency are critical when choosing an online college program. For the sixth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Berkeley College among the nation’s best in two categories—Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs, as well as Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The rankings published by the influential media company are based 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.
Extraordinary student experiences
“Berkeley College offers a variety of options for students who seek flexibility in earning their degrees,” said Joseph Scuralli, DPS, Dean, Berkeley College Online®. “Online students can have extraordinary student experiences that parallel on-site campus resources, along with the opportunity to participate in extracurricular programs at the New Jersey and New York locations.”
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Solutions that reflect today’s professional world
“Online students have the advantage of building their skills at functioning successfully in an online learning environment. They have learned to manage their time and priorities well,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “A quality online education is a win-win for students and for employers. Increasingly, employers are using online tools for recruiting employees and managing their workforce and job functions. This includes the range of talent acquisition to job training and communications.”
An early leader in distance learning
Berkeley College’s commitment to excellence in career-focused education began in 1931. Adapting to changing needs of students and the emergence of new technologies, Berkeley began offering online classes in 1998 and quickly became a leader in distance education. The majority of Berkeley’s more than 7,000 students now take at least one online class, and thousands have completed their degrees completely online. Berkeley was one of the first college or university online programs in the world to be certified for excellence by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).
Meeting the changing needs of students
Students agree. Megan Kimble had already earned an Associate’s degree at her local community college. With the intent of continuing on to earn her Bachelor’s degree through an online program, she investigated several local schools. “Many other schools didn’t offer full online programs, which was what I wanted,” notes Megan. “A friend was attending Berkeley College Online® and highly recommended it. I visited and immediately felt comfortable. Everyone was very helpful.”
The flexibility to fit different lifestyles
Megan finds the flexibility of the General Business program at Berkeley College Online® an ideal fit with her two part-time jobs. “I’m able to schedule my course work around my other commitments,” she said. “And all of my professors have been great. They’re very accessible and responsive when I have questions.”
A well-rounded experience
Through discussion boards and video chat projects, Megan has become close friends with other Berkeley students. She’s also active in the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), the nation's largest leadership honor society, which she hopes will stand out on her resume. While concentrating on her anticipated graduation in 2020, she ultimately hopes to one day run her own business. “I’m keeping my options open for the future,” said Megan. “But I know Berkeley was the right choice for me.”
It’s never too late
For Cynthia Caruso, many years had passed since she had attended school. Even though she had 13 years of clinical experience as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician, Certified Hemodialysis Technician, Certified EKG Technician, and Transplant Team Coordinator, returning to school to earn a degree did not seem possible. She felt hesitant starting school at her age, but realizing that her son would soon be out of the house, she enrolled in online courses at Berkeley for the convenience.
“I knew I had to work at my own pace,” said Cynthia, who hopes to graduate in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Management. “I have the diligence to log on every day, work on assignments, and even mentor other students. Berkeley College Online® made it possible to connect without being on campus.”
The support of an online community
The support Cynthia received has inspired her to help others who might have felt the way she did starting school again. She is now a mentor and also has worked on the Student Advisory Board. “I get excited every day to log on and check in with my mentees,” she said. “I am proud to be a student at Berkeley College, and I am grateful I get to share my experience with fellow students.”
After she graduates, Cynthia looks forward to making a difference on the business side of healthcare.
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