Thank you for joining us on the Schreiner University website. I hope that you capture here some of the vitality of this place and, whatever your motive for visiting, that you are prompted to return as well as to make your virtual visit an actual one. If you are a friend or alum who has not visited us lately, then we think you will enjoy reacquainting yourself with the 2014 edition of Schreiner.
Among the things we celebrated this fall was the welcoming of our newest freshman living and learning community, The Global Scholars, to a newly refurbished Delaney Hall. In addition, students now have full use of the Loftis laboratory, classroom and observatory which opened late last spring on our Weston property. The first of August saw us complete the renovation of the academic quadrangle so that now our students can enjoy an inner campus with landscaping, pathways and gathering spots attractive and all graced with wireless Internet access. It’s more fun being outdoors on campus these days! Construction of our athletic and event center continues on schedule, and we anticipate its completion in December with a formal dedication on January 16, 2015, when our students have returned for the spring semester.
Probably nothing pleased our students more this fall than the initiation of a concierge book service in partnership with Rafter. Textbook prices have been an increasing issue for college students, and efforts to secure books economically sometimes result in purchasing incorrect editions or even giving up on the process entirely in the hope of borrowing texts. That doesn’t make for good learning. We completed an agreement with Rafter to provide for each student a package of all necessary texts, guaranteed accurate and easily picked up in the bookstore ahead of time. The books are rented for the semester and then returned, with an option to purchase. Book costs have been cut in half, and we have heard only praise for the new plan.
If inexpensive access to texts is one expression of our commitment to students, the enhancing of our undergraduate program through The Schreiner Experience is an even more profound contribution. One aspect of the initiative is illustrated by the accomplishments of our faculty in anchoring a new core curriculum in Schreiner’s seven learning outcomes—analytical abilities, communication, global perspective, personal and social responsibility, community engagement, skill and resource use in the major discipline, and aesthetic appreciation. Another is the addition of three new staff members to coordinate and integrate programs supporting our mission statement’s commitment to “prepare students for meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society.” Mr. David Reast, Ms. Noelle Avenmarg and Dr. Sonja Lind, respectively, are all fully engaged in this work, helping ensure that our commitment to holistic learning is intentional and comprehensive.
Thus, we continue to find ways to enable families and individuals to afford a residential college experience and its opportunities for growth of character and intellect. We know how important such an education is and how strongly those who experience it affirm its value. That is precisely why Schreiner pays exceptional attention to balancing its commitment to quality with a determination to manage cost. Sometimes it means working a little smarter, but frankly that is a trait that benefits any enterprise. We will not change that commitment.