As a sustaining element of the RCI, Beacon decided that certain enhancements to the College’s traditional programs and staffing would be beneficial in supporting Beacon’s obligations to provide both a safe and success-oriented experience for our undergraduates. Among the most prominent reforms in the academic arena, student services support, and accessibility are:
- The College implemented during the 2020-2021 academic year the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) as a tool that will enhance and support learning. This LMS platform continues to be built-out and updated for the 2021-2022 academic year.
- The College’s Division of Student Engagement and Success created a coherent structure and aligned professional staffing to allow for a more purposeful and accessible system of wrap-around services for students. In the arena of residential life, the position of the Life Skills Educator was created to help students succeed in maintaining effective social relationships, adjusting to the expectations of collegiate life, and fostering good personal care. These members of the Student Engagement and Success team are joined by other healthcare services at the Community Health Centers located at 225 N. 1st Street which is between our dorms and classrooms.
- Learning Specialist appointments and Open Learning, as well as affinity/study groups will continue to be in-person, with the Center recently inaugurating a new and expanded Senior Annex for upper-level students.
- The MyBeacon App for academic year 2021-2022 allows students ready access to a broad base of College information, including updated materials on COVID-19-related policies and protections. A further benefit of this “palm-of-hand” platform is the ability to log into both the Canvas LMS and Beacon’s Student Portal.