Dr. Andrea Birch, Dean
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Records Information (Registrar’s Office)
Brenau University offers both men and women the opportunity to pursue degrees through programs delivered in a day, evening/weekend or online format. Locations include the Historic main campus in Gainesville, several regional sites within the state of Georgia. The baccalaureate programs provide career-oriented courses and programs based on a liberal arts foundation to enable the individual student to attain personal as well as professional growth and competence. Evening classes are typically scheduled in four-hour blocks, and each class meets one night each week of the term. Weekend classes are typically scheduled in four-hour blocks on scheduled weekends. Day classes meet on a traditional 15 week semester format, two-three times per week, fall and spring semesters. All formats involve intensive study, close working relationships with instructors and fellow students and maximum opportunity for self-directed learning. Students may choose their classes from among those offered at several locations and formats to suit their particular schedule.
Organization and Structure
Regional site locations have directors who are residents of the area and who report to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Office-Campus Site academic programs are coordinated by specific subject-area coordinators who are members of the Brenau faculty assigned to each location under the supervision of the respective academic dean.
Each of Brenau’s online courses has been carefully designed by one or more faculty member(s) in keeping with the SACS accreditation Criteria for Distance Learning Programs. Brenau faculty members teaching students online have completed a rigorous online facilitator certification program. During this time, faculty members themselves become online students in order to fully gain an understanding of the online learning experience. Course syllabi, assignments, examinations and other instructional materials are converted to or developed for an online format during the training period. These and other measures are undertaken to ensure the quality and consistency of online course offerings.
Cross Registration between Divisions Most courses are open to all Brenau University students. Day students must register for any online course choices via a paper Registration/Course Change Form with written advisor approval. All programs are not available in all formats. Brenau University students matriculate through the Women’s College, the coeducational Undergraduate School, or the Sidney O. Smith, Jr., Graduate School.
Faculty Responsibilities and Student Attendance Policy
- Faculty may prescribe reasonable requirements relevant to the course of instruction. At the beginning of each semester, they shall inform students in writing of any special requirements. Each syllabus shall state the attendance policy and any academic consequences of excessive absences as well as any special attendance requirements. Faculty should keep a record of class attendance for their enrolled students. Faculty should use the Campus Web to confirm enrollment.
- When a student in a day program class has been absent from 25 percent of the classes in any semester, the instructor shall report the absences in writing to the Director of Student Success Initiatives and may recommend appropriate action. If the student is a recipient of VA educational benefits, the instructor must also report these absences to the director of veteran’s services by the next workday after the second absence for a class that meets once a week.
- Faculty are responsible for counseling with students regarding the academic consequences of absences from class or laboratory sessions.
- Faculty are responsible for arranging make-up work when an absence is excused. The student must initiate the request for make-up work.
Orientation and advising sessions are provided to all new students. Orientation can be provided via group meeting or individually with an advisor.
To assist students who are new to the online campus delivery platform, Canvas, an orientation class for Canvas is available. This Canvas orientation is optional; however, faculty members expect students to bring these skills to the virtual classroom and do not spend class time providing basic technology instruction.
Brenau University’s Writing Center is a peer tutoring organization that supports students of every ability level in the development of writing and speaking skills through individual conferences, computer-based tutorials, and group workshops. For further information, contact the Director of the Writing Center.
Locations throughout Georgia include Gainesville, North Atlanta (Norcross), and South Atlanta (Fairburn). Classes meeting at these locations are held in the evenings on weeknights and during the day on weekends. Faculty and staff are based at each regional location to assist students with their academic and administrative needs.
Gainesville: Most of Brenau’s undergraduate and graduate programs are offered at the Gainesville campus. Full-time faculty and staff at the Gainesville Campus are available to assist students with their needs.
500 Washington St. SE
Gainesville, GA 30501-3697
North Atlanta: Undergraduate programs in business, education, and nursing are offered at the North Atlanta campus. Graduate programs are available in business, education, nursing, and occupational therapy.
Brenau University North Atlanta Site
3139 Campus Drive
Norcross, GA 30071
(770) 263-8810 (fax)
South Atlanta: Undergraduate programs in education. Graduate programs are available in business.
Brenau University South Atlanta Site
314 NW Broad St.
Fairburn GA 30213
(678) 827-7301 (fax)