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.”

Topics being discussed at the summit include a review of the integrity and credibility concerns that are being voiced about higher education in general and the for-profit sector in particular, how the institutions in this sector contribute to the public good, and what research is needed to identify best practices to improve low retention rates among nontraditional student populations.  

“The candor among the leaders of some of the nation’s leading for-profit institutions about the challenges facing this growing sector of higher education demonstrates an important commitment to addressing the public’s concerns,” said Richard Legon, President, Association of Governing Boards (AGB). 

“It is always a good idea for groups of colleges and universities with common interests and concerns to meet informally and discuss them candidly,” said Terry Hartle, Senior Vice President, Division of Government and Public Affairs, American Council on Education (ACE). “Berkeley College is to be commended for its leadership in convening this meeting.” 

A leader in business education for 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls nearly 9,000 students — including more than 800 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The Collegehas four New York locations —Midtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, Brooklyn, and White Plains.  And in New Jersey there are four locations —Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark.  Berkeley College Online also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.