Berkeley College Faces Lawsuit For Not Helping Students — Details

Educating and preparing students for the real world is one of the top agendas for colleges around the world. But what happens when a college fails to fulfill their most basic duty? They get sued.


What Happened?

Berkeley College, an 87 years old institution with campuses in both New York and New Jersey, is being sued by the city for not holding their end of the deal.

The city claims that the college is lying about programs to entice students to enroll and then leaves the students to be debt-ridden. The city also argues that students who graduate are poorly equipped to deal with the real world.

“Students suffer because of for-profit colleges’ voracious greed,” the Manhattan Supreme Court suit cites. “After students leave Berkeley — most with crushing debt, and many with no degree — Berkeley abandons them to their debt.”

City sues for-profit Berkeley College for 'voracious greed' https://t.co/RVpjTIjlOZ pic.twitter.com/FbgvWJHd2N

— New York Post (@nypost) October 19, 2018

However, the school vehemently denies the allegations. A spokeswoman for the college notes that in 2017 Berkeley College was named by the Income Mobility Report Card for being in the top 1 percent of colleges for income mobility. Also, from 2014-2018, Berkeley College was also cited to have the Best Online Bachelor’s Program by the U.S News & World Report.

Berkeley College’s New York campus enrolls around 3,500 students, with a hefty $12,950 for each semester. Compared to CUNY colleges, which is only $3,685 per semester, Berkeley Colleges charges $9,265 more per semester. With that many students, it makes them one of New York’s largest for-profit institutions, with many of their revenue deriving from government aid. Despite that, they spend less than half of what CUNY colleges spend to help students according to court papers.

The college has three New York locations in New York City: Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, and White Plains. In New Jersey, they have four sites located at Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Woodland Park.

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Educating and preparing students for the real world is one of the top agendas for colleges around the world. But what happens when a college fails to fulfill their most basic duty? They get sued.


What Happened?

Berkeley College, an 87 years old institution with campuses in both New York and New Jersey, is being sued by the city for not holding their end of the deal.

The city claims that the college is lying about programs to entice students to enroll and then leaves the students to be debt-ridden. The city also claims that students who graduate are poorly equipped to deal with the real world.

“Students suffer because of for-profit colleges’ voracious greed,” the Manhattan Supreme Court suit cites. “After students leave Berkeley — most with crushing debt, and many with no degree — Berkeley abandons them to their debt.”

City sues for-profit Berkeley College for 'voracious greed' https://t.co/RVpjTIjlOZ pic.twitter.com/FbgvWJHd2N

— New York Post (@nypost) October 19, 2018

However, the school vehemently denies the allegations. A spokeswoman for the college notes that in 2017 Berkeley College was named by the Income Mobility Report Card for being in the top 1 percent of colleges for income mobility. Also, from 2014-2018, Berkeley College was also cited to have the Best Online Bachelor’s Program by the U.S News & World Report.

Berkeley College’s New York campus enrolls around 3,500 students, with a hefty $12,950 for each semester. Compared to CUNY colleges, which is only $3,685 per semester, Berkeley Colleges charges $9,265 more per semester. With that many students, it makes them one of New York’s largest for-profit institutions, with many of their revenue deriving from government aid. Despite that, they spend less than half of what CUNY colleges spend to help students according to court papers.

The college has three New York locations in New York City: Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, and White Plains. In New Jersey, they have four locations located at: Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Woodland Park.

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