renews The Citadel's accreditation
The Citadel has met all standards for accreditation with no follow-ups, according to an announcement by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The rating means that the college earned unqualified approval of its academic programs, operations, strategic plan and quality enhancement plan (QEP) from the SACS reviewing committee.
Accreditation means that The Citadel has maintained the high standards required by the primary credentialing agency for Southern colleges and universities. The SACS accreditation, known in academic circles as a reaffirmation, is good for 10 years.
The news brings to a close three years of extensive self-examination at The Citadel.
Citadel President Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds praised the faculty and staff for their hard work in analyzing programs at the college and preparing the documentation for SACS.
"The fact that we earned reaffirmation with no follow-up items is an impressive feat and a strong endorsement of our programs and quality enhancement plan," he said. "I commend all of those who helped complete this exhaustive assessment."
A major focus of the reaffirmation effort was the plan to improve freshmen academic performance. A centerpiece of that plan was the development of Citadel 101, a one-semester course to help incoming students become better acclimated to The Citadel's academic environment and culture. Among other changes were adjustments to the daily schedule to ensure that fourth class cadets get enough sleep, the development of a summer reading program for incoming freshmen and enhancements to the academic advising program.