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Develop Principled Leaders in a Globalized Environment

Strategic Initiative Two: Enhance the Environment

The Citadel recognizes that investment in three strategic pathways is especially critical in enhancing the learning environment and elevating institutional prominence. Goals embedded within these pathways promote academic programs of excellence and potential distinction within each academic school, support work to enhance student success, and develop a more significant presence of centers of educational excellence.

Objective 2.1

Enhance student retention

While The Citadel continues to lead South Carolina public colleges and universities with the highest four-year graduation rate, we strive for even greater levels of student success. The institution will employ a variety of innovative actions to raise annual retention rates among all classes, as well as 4-year and 6-year graduation rates.


  • Create an early warning system to provide supplemental instruction to students enrolled in The Citadel’s most rigorous courses

  • Expand the Academic Support Center Corps Squad program, learning enhancement and academic development programs, and mandatory study programs to increase retention

  • Purchase and implement the Student Retention Program (SRP) within Banner (the college’s enterprise information system) to enhance tracking of at-risk students

  • Expand student participation in the summer, pre-freshman Citadel Success Institute (CSI)and hire a full-time CSI coordinator and student affairs interns to expand instruction and programming and coordinate student activity

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Serve an additional 2% of each class of the undergraduate population through the Academic Support Center with the aim of increasing retention

  • Expand CSI enrollment to 400 by 2018

  • Achieve a 75% four-year graduation rate by 2018

Objective 2.2

Create academic programs of excellence and distinction within each academic school

The Citadel will increase its emphasis on developing and expanding academic programs that foster excellence in the learning environment and elevate institutional prominence.


  • The Citadel’s Quality Enhancement Plan: Implement a comprehensive plan to enhance students’ ethical reasoning skills

  • School of Business Administration: Develop career pathways within the MBA program, including financial services and supply chain management, and create a professional sales institute lab. Establish centers for student success and faculty support as well as expand faculty and student international experiences

  • School of Education: Expand master’s-level partnerships and create The Citadel Summer Institute to provide transformative education for literacy teachers, school administrators, and educational counselors. Invest in faculty leaders with expertise in educational leadership and educational counseling and sponsor a speaker series of nationally-known authors

  • School of Engineering: Establish new departments of leadership and program management, mechanical engineering, and construction management and create a corporate development council to support the development and growth of new engineering degree programs. Develop and expand an Engineering Citadel Success Institute to enhance student retention

  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences: Develop a center of excellence for criminal justice, homeland security, and intelligence analysis and compete for DNI Center of Intelligence Education designation. Develop The Citadel Oral History Program and Leadership Archive into a permanent research unit

  • School of Science and Mathematics: Expand the school’s summer research program and support for faculty and student research collaborations

  • Establish the Daniel Library’s Digital Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

  • Collaborative partnerships among academic schools:
    • Enhance The Citadel’s STEM Center of Excellence as a collaborative entity among the Schools of Education, Engineering, and Science and Mathematics
    • Expand the international education and study abroad resources to promote globalization across the college

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Develop programs of distinction in each academic school, enabling the institution to sustain its position among the top three in the U.S. News & World Report rankings for master’s granting public colleges in the South

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