Archive for February, 2011

Berkeley College Hosts Presidential Summit for Regionally Accredited Proprietary Institutions

Posted on February 11th, 2011 in General | No Comments »

Today Berkeley College hosted the first national two-day Presidential Summit of 61 leaders, including 32 presidents from regionally accredited proprietary institutions of higher education as well as representatives of higher education associations who met for a national conversation at the Princeton Club in New York City. The institutions are located in 18 states and Puerto Rico.

“As a leading institution for preparing students and graduates for successful careers, Berkeley College initiated this summit for regionally accredited proprietary institutions to explore ways in which we can continue to maintain the high standards of providing a superior college education for students,” said Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College. “This Summit provides a venue to have a national conversation regarding how we can best strengthen higher education in the U.S. and especially in our sector.”

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Berkeley College Opens Veterans Resource Center For Students

Posted on February 7th, 2011 in General | No Comments »

Berkeley College is proud to announce the opening of its Veterans Resource Center for students. At the official ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this month at the New York City Midtown Campus, military and veteran students joined special guests to celebrate the establishment of this dedicated space. The Center is located on the 12th floor of the New York City Midtown Campus, 11 East 41st Street, adjacent to the Berkeley College Library Annex.

“As a leading institution for preparing students and graduates for successful careers, it is important for Berkeley College to continue its strong support of our military and veteran community,” said Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College. “The Veterans Resource Center will benefit the nearly 400 military and veteran students we serve by having one location where these students can obtain information about benefits, receive counseling, and get more involved.”

Richard Robitaille, EdD, Berkeley College Assistant Vice President of Military and Veterans Affairs, thanked the administration for identifying and establishing the space the students sought to call their own. He also informed the students how the staff can help them get through the barriers they may confront while adjusting to civilian life.  Services include resolution of Veteran Administration (VA) benefits such as obtaining housing, home loans and medical benefits; information about state-specific benefits; and serving as a liaison with various support services relevant to college life such as advisement and financial aid. 
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Honor Roll: MFA Interaction Design Students win Global Agenda Visualization Challenge

Posted on February 3rd, 2011 in General | No Comments »

Four current students from the MFA Interaction Design Department have won the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils’ Data Visualization Challenge with their entry Catalyzing the Global Dialogue. Clint Beharry, Sera Koo, Gene Lu and Tina Ye (who worked with Yang Yang of stickybits) were selected by a panel of judges that included faculty members from RISD, Harvard and the University of Toronto, as well as MFA Design Criticism Department faculty member Paola Antonelli,who is senior curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA. The competition is a collaboration between the Global Agenda Councils on Design and Innovation, and GE, calling out to the world’‬s interactive designers to develop cutting-edge visualizations that help elucidate the interconnectedness among issues on the global agenda.

The students’ winning visualization will be shown at the Summit on the Global Agenda, held in Dubai, UAE, from November 29 – December 1. The team will also recieve a cash prize of $3,000 from GE.

Berkeley College kicks off its 80th Anniversary

Posted on February 3rd, 2011 in Event | No Comments »

Berkeley College recently kicked off a yearlong celebration honoring its 80th anniversary. The theme for the year-long celebration is Changing Lives for 80 Years. The anniversary year will focus on commemorating the many lives that have been changed by the College over the years.

“The year 2011 will be a significant one for Berkeley College, not only because of all we plan to accomplish through our strategic planning initiatives, but also because 2011 marks the 80th anniversary of our ever-expanding teaching and learning community,” said Berkeley College President Dario A. Cortes, PhD, in an address to faculty, staff and guests at a holiday reception held at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ.

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APC Applauds Governor’s Continued Commitment to the Tuition Assistance Program

Posted on February 1st, 2011 in General | No Comments »

Governor Andrew M. CuomoThe Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) applauded Governor Cuomo for his support of the state’s Tuition Assistance Program.

The governor today released his proposed 2011-12 Executive Budget, calling for TAP to remain at “current year levels.”  In offering his budget, Governor Cuomo told the Legislature that New York will have to grow its way out of the current fiscal crisis. APC strongly supports this position.

“We understand these are very tough fiscal times for New York state,” said Stephen J. Jerome, APC president and president of Monroe College in the Bronx and New Rochelle. “The governor recognizes that TAP is an investment in New York’s future, and therefore will help the state emerge from its economic crisis.”

Two-year programs offered by APC Colleges are often the straightest path to higher education for many economically disadvantaged students, including single parents, working men and women, and minorities. The existing TAP policy will limit access for these students, many of whom have the academic qualifications to attend college, but not the financial means.