Educational Support Services
Beacon College offers a unique comprehensive program of educational support services intended to help students succeed in college while achieving their potential for intellectual and personal growth. Beacon College facilitates the academic success of its students by providing special accommodations to students identified as at risk. These accommodations may include interactive computer-based programs, taped texts, test modifications, and audio-visual aids. These services aid students in identifying and working with personal strengths while developing the self-efficacy necessary to succeed in college and in the work place.
Support Services Include:
The Center for Student Success
The mission of the Beacon College Center for Student Success is to teach students the necessary skills to ensure success in their academics and in their future careers. The employees of the Center provide academic mentoring and accommodations for the students. Academic Mentoring is conducted within the Beacon College Center for Student Success and helps students succeed and reach their academic goals. Each Beacon College student receives one-on-one academic mentoring services that are designed to enhance his/her own academic performance and develop skills for lifelong learning. Learning specialists assist students in developing proven learning strategies through providing test-taking tips, note taking strategies, and critical thinking skills that promote academic success. The learning specialists also integrate the how-to-learn with the what-to-learn.
Opened in the fall of 2012, the Beacon College Math Lab was designed to improve the chances of college completion and life success for students with learning disabilities. The Math Lab allows students with learning disabilities the time and support needed to be successful in math. The Math Lab helps reduce anxiety levels in students by providing a self-paced course of study combined with individual encouragement and support. The computerized Math Lab benefits the students because it provides them with immediate feedback. It also assists students with memory deficits by allowing the repetition of material and continuous practice formats.
Instituted in the fall of 2012 within the Center for Student Success, the Peer Mentoring program follows the Put the Pencil Down tutor training program from North Carolina State University. Peer mentors are nominated by faculty members and go through the Put the Pencil Down tutor training. Eighteen peer mentors were utilized in the 2012-2013 academic year. The goal of the Peer Mentoring program is to provide peer academic support, often holding study or homework-help sessions. The peer mentors assist and are accessible to students in their classes, and they help identify struggling students.
The Writing Center
The purpose of the Beacon College Writing Center is to help all students develop their critical thinking skills through a focus on a student-centered, process-driven model necessary for successful completion of college-level writing. Working closely with faculty members to understand their individual writing assignments, the Writing Center offers assistance and support for every phase of the writing process. Assistance is available through one-on-one consultations, as well as through the utilization of assistive reading and writing technology. The assistive technology programs offered in the Beacon College Writing Center include Kurzweil 3000, WordQ, Inspiration, Editor, and Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.5. Kurzweil 3000, a text-to-speech program, allows students to follow the highlighted text of their textbooks as the program reads the book aloud. WordQ is a word prediction, text-to-speech program, which bolsters the spelling and word choice of students who may need writing assistance. Inspiration is a graphic organizer which allows visual learners to “draw their ideas” using graphics. Editor is a proofreading and style-checking software which invites writers to make corrections to writing based on the program’s suggestions. Finally, Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.5 offers speech-to-text capabilities, giving students with physical disabilities the opportunity to create text through a microphone. Click here for more information on assistive technology at Beacon College.
The Writing Center also offers students creative opportunities to explore critical thinking in their writing. The Beacon College Chronicle is a student-generated monthly newspaper produced and published in the Writing Center. Writing Center activities include Free Thinkers Society, which meets weekly for open discussion and debate on various student-selected topics. These may include broad themes such as truth, art, friendship, war, and justice, or they may focus on specific current issues. Song lyrics, poetry, visual images and media, stories, and self-generated work are all encouraged as forms of topics-related expression. Game Night is an opportunity for students to socialize with peers while engaging in critical thinking through word games, such as Scrabble, Buzzword, Clue, Boggle, Uno, Slam Scrabble, and Apples-to-Apples. Finally, the Writing Center celebrates literary holidays, including Dictionary Day, National Day on Writing, and National Poetry Month.