APC’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Member institutions of the Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC), like their peers in the public and independent sectors of higher education, are not immune to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and have done their best to maintain stability for their students and employees.

From donating supplies to preparing the front line professionals, APC member colleges are engaged in the COVID-19 response in many ways. This pandemic is straining every aspect of life in America, and it is testing the strength of our communities. As we continue wading through these unchartered waters, APC member colleges will continue to serve their students to the highest standards possible and will work with state and local officials to get through this trying time together.

Working through the COVID-19 pandemic together; APC and its member colleges have met these challenges head on in the following ways:

  • The Association is working closely with the US Department of Education, NY State Education Department and Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) to offer insights on guidance and ensure timely information and direction flows to New York State’s proprietary sector.
  • All APC member colleges voluntarily ended in-person classes and transitioned quickly to distance learning. All of our member colleges worked diligently to provide as seamless a transition as possible for their students, and many had existing systems in place to immediately begin offering classes online.
  • APC member institutions continue to focus on the success of their students encouraging them with individual outreach. Many APC member colleges have provided laptops, emergency funding for living expenses and worked with their students to ensure they have the support needed to complete their current classes.
  • Most APC member colleges have announced that they will cancel graduations or postpone them until the fall. While we realize this is a disappointment for our graduating students who have worked so hard, we all must work together and sacrifice for the greater good.
  • As vital organizations within their communities, APC member colleges have stepped up and donated medical supplies or hosted events like blood drives. They are also contributing in other less obvious ways. Many of our member colleges offer degrees in criminal justice and nursing, and their graduates are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response serving the stricken and ensuring the safety of their fellow citizens.


APC Member Institution CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund information:


APC Member Institutions in Action:

June 24:

  • Monroe College: The Graduating Class of 2020. Read More

June 17:

  • Berkeley professors maintain high standards of education and family life, despite unusual circumstances. Read More
  • Five Towns College: Graduation video made by President & students. Watch Here
  • SVA’s Class of 2020 Document Their Virtual Graduation. Watch Here
  • Monroe College: Virtual Graduation Ceremony, July 17 at 5PM. Read More

June 11:

  • Percentage of Online Graduates Increases as Berkeley College Celebrates Its First All-Virtual Commencement Ceremony. Read More
  • New York Education Officials Examine Access and Equity during COVID-19 at City & State Webinar Sponsored by Berkeley CollegeRead More
  • The College of Westchester: CW Gives Back to the Community. Read More
  • The College of Westchester: Maintain Your Mental Health When Working At Home. Read More

June 3:

  • The College of Westchester: See You Soon. Watch Video
  • Berkeley College: 2020 Virtual Commencement, Friday, June 5th. Read More

May 27:

  • Berkeley College Graduate Jennifer Perez Finds Inspiration Working in Emergency Department during Pandemic in New York City. Read more
  • SVA Community Responses to the Coronavirus: Part 5. Read more
  • The College of Westchester: CARES Act for CW Students. Read more

May 20:

  •  SVA Alumni Who Graduated During Hardship Offer Their Advice During COVID-19. Read more
  • LIM College: 2020 Grads Share Their Remote Graduations. Read more
  • The College of Westchester: Do You Have “Zoom Fatigue?” Read more

May 13:

  • Berkeley College: During Nurses Week, a story of courage, resilience, and purpose amidst tragedy. Read more
  • Virtual Commencement Ceremony Will Celebrate Achievements of Berkeley.  Read more
  • Monroe College Distributes $2.6 Million in First Round of CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants for Struggling Students. Read more

May 6:

  • Berkeley College: 'As traditional college campuses shut down, online schools get their chance to shine.' Read more
  • Entering the Workforce in the Time of COVID-19: Berkeley College Surgical Technology Graduate Believes Healthcare Community Will Emerge ‘Stronger than Ever’ Read more
  • SVA's Student Emergency Relief Fund Looks to Assist in Difficult Times. Read more
  • The College of Westchester: How to Stand Out When Working Remotely. Read more

April 29:

  • Berkeley College Opens Spring Semester Online and Provides Students with Free Laptop Computers. Read more
  • Mask-Making Efforts by SVA Community Members. Read more
  • LIM College discusses its strategy for educating and supporting its students during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more
  • The College of Westchester: How to Search for A Job During the Coronavirus. Read more
  • The College of Westchester: A Message from the President. Read more

April 22:

  • SVA: We’re All in This Together: Student Perspectives on COVID-19. Read more
  • LIM College: '5 Apps That Help Me Stay Productive in Quarantine.' Read more
  • The College of Westchester: Kelly Walsh shares his experience. Read more

April 15:

  • Berkeley College: How Businesses are Pivoting to Meet Demands in a COVID-19 Environment. Read more
  • Bryant & Stratton College in the Community - We're All in This Together. Read more
  • SVA Responds to the Coronavirus. Read more
  • LIM College: Productivity Tips for Remote Learning. Read more
  • The College of Westchester: Helping Open Door Medical Center. Read more

April 8:

  • Berkeley College Responds to Community Need during COVID-19 Public Health Crisis. Read more
  • How Bryant & Stratton College is Adjusting to Remote Learning. Read more
  • SVA: 6 Department Chairs Share the Silver Linings of Online Learning. Read more

April 1:

  • Plaza College: Students Provide Updates on Virtual Learning. Read more
  • Bryant & Stratton College in the Community - We're All in This Together. Read more
  • Swedish Institute: Time Management Tips for Online Students. Read more
  • The College of Westchester: Work-From Home Tips to Avoid Distraction. Read more
  • The College of Westchester: A Message from the President. Read more

March 25:

  • It's Education as Usual with Online Learning at Berkeley. Read More
  • Transitioning to the Online Environment at Berkeley College. Read More
  • Bryant & Stratton College donates ventilator to John Randolph Medical Center. Read More
  • SVA College: 5 Tips for Staying Emotionally Healthy During COVID-19. Read More
  • Swedish Institute: Self-Care During Social Distancing. Read More
  • The College of Westchester: 'Funny Memes About Working From Home.' Read More
  • The College of Westchester: A Message From the President, Mary Beth Del Balzo. Read More

March 18:

  • To Our Wonderful Plaza College Community. Read More
  • SVA: 10 Tips for Working or Learning from Home. Read More
  • SVA Community Responses to the Coronavirus. Read More

March 11:

  • SVA classes and events suspended March 11 - March 15. Message from SVA about COVID-19. Read More
  • The College of Westchester has canceled all on-campus events from March 11 through March 30. All classes are being moved online as of March 13, returning onto campus March 30. Read More