The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges elected Brenau University President Ed L. Schrader to a three-year second term on its board of trustees.
Schrader also continues his service on the council’s committee that reviews initial candidacies for colleges and universities seeking initial accreditation and those that undergo reaffirmation of their academic and administrative abilities.
The reappointment occurred in Atlanta Dec. 10 during the annual meeting of the higher education accreditation agency that drew more than 4,000 representatives from colleges and universities throughout the 11-state region that the agency serves.
“At a time when higher education in the United States is under more scrutiny than ever before and under more pressure to break out of the normal approaches to fulfilling its obligations to society, this service on the board has been quite a rewarding, enlightening and humbling experience for me,” said Schrader. “All of us who are institutional leaders in colleges and universities feel a keen sense of responsibility to ensure that we address the ever-changing needs of students with the highest-quality programs possible.”
Schrader has extensive experience with the commission – called SACSCOC – in his career both as a member of teams reviewing academic and administrative policies and practices of dozens of colleges and universities and as “reviewee” during his service at Brenau and other institutions.
The Brenau president started his tenure on the board of the Commission on Colleges just as the agency was wrapping up its detailed decennial review prior to reaffirmation of Brenau’s credentials. Brenau passed with only one recommendation for improvement.
About a year earlier, that board approved Brenau’s status as a doctoral degree-granting institution. Significantly, just as SACS was meeting in Atlanta this year, four students in Brenau’s Doctor of Nursing Practice were successfully completing the academic defense of their dissertations – the final step to their receiving the first doctorates conferred in Brenau’s inaugural doctoral program.
SACSCOC, one of six regional accreditation agencies in the United States sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education in America, accredits more than 800 public institutions, private colleges and universities, and community colleges in Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas, as well as schools for U.S. students in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Each accredited institution has a vote in electing members of the overseeing Board of Trustees.