Academic Alerts (Beacon) - for Students


Academic Alerts (Beacon) – for Students

What is a Beacon Alert?

Drew faculty members utilize a platform called “Beacon” to provide feedback to students with regard to their academic performance. A Beacon alert will typically identify any concerns and make recommendations regarding resources that can lead to deeper learning and improved academic performance. An alert is shared with your Success Network, a team of Drew faculty and staff that are invested in your success.

It’s about Community!

Your Success Network includes a team of individuals who are directly connected with you: your academic adviser and depending on your involvement on campus, professional staff advisers and/or athletic coaches and academic support staff from the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE).  This team is here to collaboratively support you in achieving your goals.  Other stakeholders who have access to Beacon include the Directors of Accessibility ResourcesCounseling and Psychological Services, and Residence Life.

Alerts are communicated to students via email, and they will remain “open” until the student has addressed the concerns with their professor and/or have followed the recommendations for academic support (i.e. the student is meeting regularly with a CAE tutor).

Resources for Academic Success

The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) offers support resources for all Drew students at no extra cost with units dedicated to helping you with writing, math, science, and academic coaching. Beacon alerts often refer students to these resources.

If you struggle with managing study hours and meeting deadlines, academic coaching is resource that will help you restructure your study habits and expand upon the skills you need to get your work done.

Subject tutoring is available for most CLA courses and the CAE makes every effort to arrange for tutoring in other courses through special requests. Your peer tutor will work with you to set goals and build skills in areas that you are seeking to improve upon.

Writing specialists are ready to work with students at every stage of the writing process, including brainstorming a topic, structuring an essay, or revising a paper.

For more information on tutoring resources, please email

The Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information, please email Dana Giroux,