WOODLAND PARK, N.J., May 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For the second consecutive year, Berkeley College has been ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report. Berkeley College was one of 10 colleges in New York and one of two in New Jersey to receive the distinction.
"When veterans return to higher education, they can experience unique challenges during their transition out of the military and into civilian life," said Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer at U.S. News & World Report, in a press release. "The Best Online Programs for Veterans are designed to help veterans balance applying, paying for and completing a degree, on top of their work and family commitments."
According to U.S. News & World Report, "to ensure academic quality, all schools included in these rankings first have to be ranked among the top 75 percent of schools in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Best Online Programs rankings, which were published in January 2015." Berkeley College is number 78 among 737 online degree programs reviewed.
The Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs provides support to its veteran students through five on-site veterans resource centers (VRCs) in New Jersey and New York, as well as through an Online VRC. At the VRCs, military students can meet with staff, network with their peers, and learn about Veterans Administration benefits. This week, the College will hold Memorial Day ceremonies in conjunction with the opening of its sixth VRC at its Woodbridge location.
In April, more than 50 employers visited Berkeley College in Woodland Park with the goal of helping veterans and their families develop career skills and find employment. The Spring Veterans Career Expo was co-hosted with Be A Hero – Hire A Hero, an initiative that focuses on assisting veterans with the transition to civilian life. Also in April, the College hosted a Veterans Gala to celebrate the 120 military graduates who were part of the Class of 2015. At the Gala, the College also screened the third installment of the Veterans History Project, an initiative of the Library of Congress, and announced the Berkeley Reflections Project, a photo essay of American servicemembers.
"Berkeley College continues to set the standard for military and veterans affairs programs and support," said Richard E. Robitaille, EdD, Berkeley College Associate Vice President, Office of Military and Veterans Affairs. "From opening six on-site veterans resource centers and an online veterans resource center, to collaborating on national programs such as the Veterans History Project, Berkeley College strives to help our military and veteran population achieve rewarding and lasting careers after they graduate from Berkeley College."
According to U.S. News & World Report, colleges are ranked on factors such as student engagement; faculty credentials and training; and student services and technology. Student engagement includes opportunities for students to interact with professors and fellow classmates in a campus-based setting, as well as an overall quality college experience that keeps students enrolled and on track to a degree.
Approximately 500 military students and veterans are enrolled at Berkeley College in New York and New Jersey, and through Berkeley College Online®. Berkeley College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program under the G.I. Bill and collaborates on national ventures with the National Guard, the Army and the Air Force, the GoArmyEd distance learning program, and the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership.
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students – including more than 900 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree, Certificate and Study Abroad 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, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Graduate Studies, which will begin offering a Master of Business Administration degree in Management in September 2015.
Berkeley College has three New York locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In January 2015, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor's Degrees for the second consecutive year. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
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Photo Caption A: For the second consecutive year, Berkeley College has been ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report. Berkeley College was one of 10 colleges in New York and two in New Jersey to receive the distinction.
Berkeley College student Jazz Nixon
Photo Caption B: Student Jazz Nixon, a veteran of the U.S. Army, speaks during a Memorial Day ceremony at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan earlier this week. For the second consecutive year, Berkeley College has been ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report. Berkeley College was one of 10 colleges in New York and two in New Jersey to receive the distinction.
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