BCC News: Bergen Community College has received recognition from SR Education Group as one of the nation’s top schools for online programs offering low-income students greater opportunity for upward economic mobility.
To compile its rankings, the Washington state-based researcher reviewed data from approximately 1,000 U.S. universities and colleges offering 10 or more online degree programs. The firm then compiled economic mobility scores based on the number of students moving from the bottom fifth of income distribution to the top fifth, early career salary and Pell Grant rates. Only 92 colleges – including Bergen – scored high enough to make the list, led by the University of Texas at El Paso. Bergen ranks as one of only two New Jersey institutions to earn the recognition. View a list of complete rankings.
Throughout its history, Bergen has prioritized accessible learning opportunities – including distance education, where enrollment continues to rise despite overall enrollment declines at the institution. Over the last five years, the percentage of students taking an online or hybrid course has risen 19.3 percent; the number of students taking classes exclusively online has climbed to 694. The College currently offers 11 associate degree programs entirely online, plus more than 100 individual course offerings. Popular options include psychology, mathematics, philosophy/religion and sociology. Get more information about distance learning at Bergen Community College.
SR Education creates online resources for students seeking an online education program that best suits their budget and career aspirations. The company updates its findings annually to provide prospective students with up-to-date information about colleges committed to serving specific student populations, and currently provides over $250,000 in needs-based scholarships to students each year.