CGC Vision, Mission, and Accreditation
The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, was established in 1842. In 1966, the coeducational undergraduate Evening College was founded. In 1968, as part of its mission to serve the State and particularly the Lowcountry, The Citadel initiated graduate degree programs. In 1994, The Citadel Board of Visitors approved the formation of The College of Graduate and Professional Studies. In 2007, the name was changed to The Citadel Graduate College to help people more closely identify and recognize an important part of The Citadel experience. Programs under the Graduate College are open to all qualified students regardless of sex, race, age, or ethnic origin. Students do not wear uniforms nor are they a part of or participate in any of the military structure of the college that relates to cadets.
While separate and distinct from the South Carolina Corps of Cadets in its operations, The Citadel Graduate College retains the institution’s core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect and its commitment to developing and equipping principled leaders. In keeping with these goals, the vision of The Citadel Graduate College is to:
- Provide innovative and quality higher educational opportunities for both graduate and evening undergraduate students.
- Foster scholarly and practical expertise through graduate research, teaching, and other professional development opportunities.
- Create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for students that models The Citadel’s core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect.
An important component of a positive educational experience for students involves an intentional effort to meet their needs and offer service that underscore The Citadel Graduate College’s commitment to principled leadership.
- Service: Creating a culture that values service, fosters mutual respect, and makes the student’s needs the most important priority; implementing new technologies that enhance our services; and providing timely, efficient, and accurate information to all requests.
- Performance: by ensuring a quality educational experience through administrative oversight of programs and the regular review of policies and procedures; conducting analysis of existing data and generating reports to identify patterns and trends within the Graduate College; creating research opportunities for students and faculty; and assisting departments with implementing creative delivery methods of academic programs.
- Integration: By providing welcoming and rewarding experiences, graduate students and evening undergraduates, both past and present, feel a part of the larger Citadel community and play an important and significant role on campus.
OPERATION OF THE CITADEL GRADUATE COLLEGE
While the Provost and Dean of the College is the chief academic officer of the institution, the Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate College is charged with the administration and supervision of all graduate study. The Citadel Graduate Council, a governing body that establishes standards and polices and approves the creation and modification of academic programs, consists of the Provost, the Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate College, the Director of the Library, and a representative of each academic department with a graduate program.
Within the Graduate College office, the following activities include:
- Recruitment of prospective students and promotion of all graduate and undergraduate programs.
- Collection and processing of applications.
- Coordination with academic programs, departments, and student services.
- Assisting new students in adjusting to graduate and/or undergraduate study.
- Assisting students with course registration, course withdrawal, and other administrative matters.
- Monitoring academic eligibility.
- Generating reports that highlight student and institutional trends, such as enrollment, student profiles, number of prospective students, acceptance rates, and the number of applications.
- Processing applications for graduation.
The Citadel’s Evening Undergraduate Studies Program
A part of The Citadel Graduate College, the Evening Undergraduate Studies (EUGS) program is designed to address the needs of non-traditional students who wish to complete a Citadel degree in the evening. The EUGS population is not a part of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, do not wear uniforms, and have slightly different degree completion requirements than cadets.
The mission of EUGS is to:
- Serve the distinctive needs of adult and non-traditional students who are attempting to complete a four-year degree and/or further their professional development.
- To create and support innovative academic opportunities for adult learners who must pursue a four-year degree in a non-traditional manner.
- To collaborate with local communities, agencies, and organizations that will facilitate effective workplace preparation for students in a demanding, technologically advanced global marketplace.
There are six academic majors within the EUGS: Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Civil Engineering, Political Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering.
The Citadel is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Education. The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits The Citadel to award Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Specialist degrees.
Programs for the preparation of secondary education teachers at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, for the preparation of guidance counselors at the master’s and specialist degree levels, and for the preparation of school superintendents at the specialist degree level are accredited by the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the
Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. The head of the Department of Education serves as the Director of Teacher Education.
The School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.
The Clinical Counseling program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council.
The Civil Engineering program and the Electrical Engineering program are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
The School Counseling Programs that offer a Master of Education in Counselor Education (Elementary or Secondary Certification) were granted full eight years CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) in July 2005.
The School Psychology Program is fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists.