Beacon College

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Coordinates: 28°48′39.47″N 81°52′30.65″W / 28.8109639°N 81.8751806°W / 28.8109639; -81.8751806

Beacon College


Type: private, four-year institution
President Dr. George Hagerty

225 (2014-2015)

 Academic staff: 54
 Administrative staff: 35
 Campus: suburban
 Location:Leesburg, Florida, USA
 Colors: blue,gold
Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
Website Official website

Beacon College is a comprehensive, four-year college exclusively serving students who learn differently. It is located in Leesburg, Florida, United States, about an hour’s drive from nearby Orlando.

History Spearheaded by a group of parents committed to making the option of higher education accessible to students with learning disabilities, ADHD and other learning differences, Beacon College was incorporated on May 24, 1989. At the time of its establishment, the College sought and was granted the approval of the Florida Department of Education to introduce a focused undergraduate curriculum aligned specifically to the specialized learning and support needs of students who learn differently. These programs led to the awarding of both the Associate of Arts (A.A.) and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees. (1)

In 2003, Beacon College was granted full accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and reaffirmed for the full 10-year period in 2008. (2) With this achievement, Beacon became the first — and until recently, the only —specialized institution of higher learning in the United States focused exclusively on students with learning disabilities to hold regional accreditation of a four-year baccalaureate degree.

The College's first academic concentration at both the baccalaureate (B.A.) and associate (A.A.) level was Human Services. In 1992, Beacon added a degree concentration (B.A. and A.A.) in General Studies that later evolved into its current Interdisciplinary Studies major.

Since achieving accreditation, Beacon has added bachelor's and associate degrees in: •Business Management (2012) •Computer Information Systems with tracks in Information Technology, Digital Media, Web Design (2005) •Psychology (2012) •Studio Arts (2013)(3)

The College leadership has included: • Founding President Marsha Glines (1989–1990) • Interim Chief Executive Katherine Jarvis (1991–92) • President Deborah Broadbeck (1992–2011) • Interim President John Hutchinson, Ph.D. (2011–2013) • President George J. Hagerty, Ph.D. (2013–Present) 4

The Beacon Community’s Singular Focus The institutional seal of Beacon College includes the motto “Illuminatun Vitae Abundantiorem” or “Illuminating the Life Abundant”. Motivating and guiding Beacon’s students to pursue such a calling is at the core of the College’s mission, programs, and unified delivery of instruction, co-curricular offerings and academic support services.


The Academic Program Beacon College currently offers the following seven majors as part of its regionally accredited undergraduate program*:

• B.A. in Business Management (with tracks in Entrepreneurship and Hospitality Management) • B.A. in Computer Information Systems (with tracks in Web and Digital Media and Information Systems) • B.A. in Human Services • B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies • B.A. in Psychology • B.A. in Studio Arts

The College also offers concentrations (minors) in Art, Business Management, Computer Information Systems, Education (K-6), English/Literature, History and Psychology.*

In 2014-15, Beacon introduced a Breakthrough Semester for visiting college students who learn differently. This program promotes the development of targeted strategies and skills designed to help visiting students successfully secure or regain their academic footing at their home colleges or universities.


(1) Beacon College Foundational Documents, Governance and Administration, Volume 1, June 25, 2013.

(2) Letter of Accreditation, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), June, 2003

(3) Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Member, Candidate and Applicant List (includes Commission actions taken 06/20/2013), July 2013.

(4) Beacon College Foundational Documents, Governance and Administration, Volume 1, Section 1.12, June 25, 2013.

(*) Beacon College Catalog, AY 2013-2014.


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