Briarcliffe College

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Briarcliffe College
Established 1966
Type Proprietary
President Dr. George Santiago, Jr.
Location Long Island, New York, America
Website http://www.briarcliffe.edu/
Briarcliffe College

Briarcliffe College is a for-profit career college with two campuses located in Long Island, New York. The Bethpage campus serves Nassau County, New York, and the Patchogue campus is located in Suffolk County, New York. They College offers Associate or Bachelor programs in a variety of areas including Graphic Design, Criminal Justice, Business and Technology. Briarcliffe also offers online classes and programs.

The school system is a subsidiary of the Career Education Corporation.

History[edit]

Briarcliffe was founded in 1966, as a one-year business school in Hicksville, New York. A branch campus opened in 1969 in Mineola/Garden City. This branch was moved to Lynbrook, New York in 1983. In 1979, the New York State Education Department authorized Briarclffe to offer the two-year associate degree in occupational studies. A third campus was established in Patchogue, New York in 1981.

In 1992, Briarcliffe, which had an overwhelmingly female student population, purchased Grumman Data Systems Institute (GDSI), a technical school with a predominantly male enrollment. The combination of the two institutions created a truly coeducational college of approximately 2,000 students. The main campus was moved from Hicksville to the GDSI campus in Woodbury, New York.

In 1994, the school was granted regional accreditation by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[1] The college purchased a quarter-million square foot facility on approximately 20 acres (81,000 m2) in Bethpage, New York in 1995. Students from the Lynbrook campus were moved to this new main campus.

In 1996, Briarcliffe become regionally accredited and the school and faculty earned the right to be called Briarcliffe "College."

In 1997, Briarcliffe became a 4-year college, granting baccalaureate degrees and was purchased by Career Education Corporation.

In 2010, the College offered its first degree programs fully online.

Accreditation[edit]

Briarcliffe College is regionally accredited by the The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Asssociation of Colleges and Schools (MSCHE). The commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education Accreditation.

Individual programs at Briarcliffe College may also be programmatically accredited by additional agencies as a further indication that a specific program meets or exceeds the agency's standards. These agencies accredit specific educational programs that may help students to proepare for entry into a profession, occupation, or vocation.

Student Life[edit]

Briarcliffe College offers many extracurricular activities for students to take part in, including clubs, organizations, and athletic teams. Since clubs are always expanding, the College encourages students to create clubs.

The Bethpage Campus Clubs and Organizations include:

  • Student Government Association
  • Drawing Club
  • Business Society
  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Legal Studies Club
  • Design Club
  • Veteran's Club
  • Healthcare Administration Club

The Patchogue Campus Clubs and Organizations include:

  • Student Government Association
  • Christian Club
  • Poetry Club
  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Design Club
  • Drawing Club
  • Future Business Leaders of America
  • Legal Studies Club
  • Veteran's Club
  • Entrepreneurship Club

Athletics[edit]

Briarcliffe College offers both men's and women's sports at its campuses. Men's sports include Baseball, Bowling, Lacrosse, and Soccer. Women's sports include Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, and Softball. In 2010, a Mascot Vote was held and the new Briarcliffe Mascot changed from a Seahawk to a Bulldog.

Some notable moments in Men's Sports:

  • The Briarcliffe baseball team has won the USCAA National Championship in 2011, 2010, and 2006.
  • Men's soccer captured the 2012 USCAA Men's Soccer National Championship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Briarcliffe College". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Retrieved May 2011. 

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