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ENGINEERING PROGRAMS RE-ACCREDITED

CHARLESTON, S.C., Oct. 1.--The Citadel's civil and electrical engineering programs have been re-accredited, according to word received by Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds (USMC, Retired), president of the college.

     The accreditation action specifically includes both the day (Corps of Cadets)and the evening (College of Graduate and Professional Studies). As a result, engineering graduates of The Citadel continue to be qualified to apply for professional engineering registration.

     The Citadel, as an institution, is totally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Engineering accreditation is a function of the engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Such accreditation has been maintained by the civil engineering program since the mid-1930s, when the process began in the United States. The electrical engineering program has been continuously accredited since the mid-1970s.

     Citadel Vice President for Academic Affairs, Maj. Gen. Roger C. Poole, praised the work of the faculty and staff in preparation for the accreditation review. "We are proud of the recognition given our engineering programs. It is especially gratifying to learn that the evening engineering programs under the College of Graduate and Professional Studies have been accredited. The Citadel is the only Charleston-area institution that offers four-year degrees in engineering, and it is important for the evening programs to be recognized as being on a par with the offerings made to cadets. We consider it a privilege to offer this opportunity to residents of the Lowcountry."

     In its evening classes, the College of Graduate and Professional Studies offers the final two years leading to the engineering degrees for civilian students; the first two years are completed at Trident Technical College, under a formal arrangement with The Citadel.

     Civil and Environmental Engineering Department head is Lt. Col. Dennis J. Fallon. The Electrical Engineering Department is chaired by Col. Harold W. (Bud) Askins, Jr. A majority of the engineering faculty members hold doctor of philosophy degrees and are registered as professional engineers.

     One-hundred-eighty cadets and 30 civilians are enrolled in the civil and environmental engineering major; 150 cadets and 40 civilians are majoring in electrical engineers.

     The process of renewed or new accreditation requires an extensive self-examination followed months later by an on-site inspection by evaluators who have read and analyzed the self-study reports. The evaluators either are faculty members at other colleges or serve in key positions within the profession of engineering. Evaluators scrutinize course syllabuses, examine supporting documents, review reports, visit class rooms and laboratories, and question at length administrators, faculty members and students during the three-day visit.

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