President Schrader Says It’s Time to ‘Shake Things Up’ in Higher Education

Brenau University President Ed Schrader called on U.S. higher education’s academic and administrative leaders to explore development of individually customized programs tailored to specific needs of undergraduate and graduate students as a supplement to traditional college and university degree tracks.

Although he conceded that the idea of “bundling” and “unbundling” portions of traditional degree-track programs is not a new concept, Schrader said, “It could be a radical one if it shakes up the way colleges and universities structure their relationships with individual students.”

Schrader made his remarks during a day-long symposium for entrepreneurial corporate and institutional chief executives sponsored jointly by Gainesville, Georgia-based Brenau University and the Atlanta-based Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs. The two also jointly sponsor an enhanced Master of Business Administration program for entrepreneurs.

“We have the best higher education system in the world,” Schrader said, “but when you have institutions that still are tied to models that date back to before our country was founded, you need to take a hard look at what you need to be doing for the rest of the 21st century to maintain that leadership.”

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