From the President
Brenau University’s mission is straightforward: preparing all of our students to live extraordinary lives. We choose this word, “extraordinary,” purposefully to reflect the conviction that Brenau graduates will have an education that is not just excellent but demonstrably life-changing for both themselves and others.”Brenau 2025″ is our action plan for designing an innovative and exciting education that will transform our students’ lives and, hence, their world.We envision a very different learning experience than currently offered at other educational institutions.
Melding into Brenau’s existing liberal arts and pre-professional educational approach is a new and richer means of understanding and relating to our world. We describe this evolutionary learning experience as Brenau’s “Portals of Learning” – doorways or entries into transformational environments where individuals experience (not just learn) understanding of, adaptation to and prospering in a faster paced, information-centric, scientifically demanding, and culturally diverse global society. We see programs and activities designed to push our students well beyond personal comfort zones as they discover their own unique capabilities and gifts.
We know from experience that people who are once bitten by the learning bug – that powerful and exhilarating sense of discovery-pursue lives of continual learning, using what they learn to enrich their own lives and the lives of others.Members of 21st century society will confront increasing uncertainty and unpredictable change in their lives. Brenau’s commitment is to engender in our students a sense of curiosity rather than fear, of innovation rather than acceptance. In many ways, teaching the subject matter will be the easiest part of our educational task. It is the learning formula-how, where, what and with whom they learn-that we must iteratively re-evaluate.
We believe and thoughtfully plan that the Brenau graduate will be equipped with the tools and confidence necessary for an extraordinary life, a lifetime leading to personal fulfillment, professional rewards and significant contributions to the welfare of others.
We invite you to learn more about our evolutionary learning rubric and why we believe that Brenau is the right university to undertake this challenge.
Ed Schrader, Ph.D.
Members of the Brenau Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students reflect on Dr. Ed Schrader’s ten years at Brenau University.