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Citadel News Service
9 Dec 2014

The Citadel maintains highest standards, earns college-wide accreditation

After a thorough examination of every aspect of the college, The Citadel has received a renewed 10-year accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools  Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The Military College of South Carolina was awarded reaffirmation of accreditation with no recommendations for improvements or further action required. The SACS Commission on Colleges made the announcement today during its annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. 

Accreditation means that The Citadel has maintained the high standards required by the primary credentialing agency for Southern colleges and universities. The SACS Commission on Colleges accreditation is good for 10 years and brings to a close three years of extensive self-examination at The Citadel.

A SACS Commission on Colleges team visited the college in March and April, meeting with faculty, administrators, and students examining services, policies, and practices. A major component of The Citadel’s reaffirmation process included the evaluation of Ethics in Action, The Citadel’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Ethics in Action is a four-year developmental curriculum designed to enhance students’ ethical reasoning skills through yearly ethics courses and additional training. 

Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa commended the college’s faculty and staff for their extensive and dedicated work in preparing the in-depth program analysis required by SACS Commission on Colleges and in achieving a “no further actions required” status. He also noted the importance of examining and verifying accreditation for students and parents considering any college.

“Accreditation matters when mapping out a path to a successful career,” said Rosa.  “Students graduating from reputable institutions with programs examined and tested by recognized accrediting authorities can be confident they are receiving top quality educational experiences that will help them be competitive when entering the job market.”

SACS Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. Its mission is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America, as well as other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees.

About The Citadel

The Citadel is a four-year, public college in historic Charleston, South Carolina. The Citadel offers a classic military college education for young men and women profoundly focused on leadership excellence and academic distinction. Graduates are not required to serve in the military but about 35 percent of each class commission as officers in every branch of U.S. military service. Graduates of The Citadel have served the nation, their state and their community as principled leaders since the college was founded in 1842. The Citadel Graduate College offers more than 40 Master's degrees and graduate certificates in a wide range of disciplines, plus five undergraduate programs, through an all-evening schedule. Some graduate courses are available online.

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