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The Citadel

The members of The Citadel Board of Visitors are dedicated to the principles of duty, honesty, loyalty, integrity, and accountability. These tenets define The Citadel's mission to prepare its graduates to be principled leaders in all walks of life by instilling core values in a disciplined academic environment.

In accepting the responsibility to serve the college to the best of our abilities, we are committed
TO BE ENTHUSIASTIC ADVOCATES FOR THE COLLEGE BY:

Articulating and supporting its mission
Defending its autonomy
Maintaining loyalty to the college as a whole
Evaluating periodically the Board's mission and functions
To maintain the highest ethical standards by:
Acting with honor and integrity
Representing all of the people of South Carolina rather than favoring any particular interest, community or constituency
Maintaining respect for the opinions of others
Adhering to a conflict of interest policy to avoid even the appearance of impropriety

TO PERFORM OUR DUTIES RESPONSIBLY AND PROFESSIONALLY BY:

Recognizing that authority resides with the Board as a whole and not its individual members
Understanding that the Board's role is policy making and strategic in nature
Supporting initiatives to enhance the public image of both the Board and the College
Being fully informed regarding the role of the college in the state and in higher education and responding to the changing environments which affect the institution

TO ENCOURAGE EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS BY:

Fostering openness and trust among the Board, the administration, the faculty, the Corps of Cadets, other students, the alumni, state government, and the general public
Speaking one's mind at Board meetings while supporting policies and programs once established
Communicating promptly to the President through the chairperson any significant concern or complaint and allowing the President to address the matter
Recognizing that the Chair of the Board of Visitors serves as the authorized spokesperson for the Board and the President serves as the primary spokesperson for the College

Honor is the most cherished principle at The Citadel. In today's post-corporate-scandal society, honor, integrity, and ethics are in high demand. The Citadel strives to achieve excellence in the education of principled leaders, also known as the "whole person" concept. The Honor Code encompasses all aspects of cadet life, from academic integrity to personal integrity. It has evolved from an unwritten tradition know as the "code of the gentleman" to a formalized code in September of 1955, when the Corps of Cadets unanimously voted to establish The Honor Code. The development of a cadet into a principled leader is a four-tiered process that includes knowing, adhering, believing, and leading. Its culmination is seen in the cadets who internalize the Code, and the alumni who continually apply it throughout their lives.

The Citadel’s mission is to educate and prepare graduates to become principled leaders in all walks of life by instilling the core values of The Citadel in a challenging intellectual environment.

The Citadel strives to produce graduates who have insight into issues, ideas, and values that are of importance to society. It is equally important that Citadel graduates are capable of both critical and creative thinking, have effective communication skills, can apply abstract concepts to concrete situations, and possess the methodological skills needed to gather and analyze information.


Throughout its history, The Citadel's primary purpose has been to educate undergraduates as members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and to prepare them for post-graduate positions of leadership through academic programs of recognized excellence supported by the best features of a structured military environment. The cadet lifestyle provides a disciplined environment that supports the growth and development of character, physical fitness, and moral and ethical principles.

A complementary purpose of The Citadel, realized through the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, is to provide the citizens of the Lowcountry and the State of South Carolina opportunities for professional development by offering a broad range of educational programs of recognized excellence at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. These programs are designed to accommodate the needs of non-traditional students seeking traditional and demanding academic challenges.

Institutional Characteristics. The Citadel is a coeducational, comprehensive, state-assisted, four-year institution whose primary undergraduate student body consists of approximately 1,900 members of the Corps of Cadets, all of whom reside on campus. The primary service area for these students is regional, with approximately half of each freshman class coming from South Carolina. The Citadel, however, does draw undergraduate students from all parts of the United States and many foreign countries. The college offers a wide range of baccalaureate degree programs (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering) in the humanities, social and natural sciences, business administration, engineering, and education. These academic programs prepare graduates of the Corps of Cadets for a variety of careers; about half of these graduates enter business and the professions, a third or more enter the military and government service, and the remainder go directly into graduate and professional study. Many graduates choose to pursue professional or graduate degrees later in their careers.

Through its undergraduate and graduate programs, the College of Graduate and Professional Studies serves a degree-seeking population of approximately 2,000. The primary service area is the South Carolina Lowcountry. The College of Graduate and Professional Studies offers three baccalaureate degree programs (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering) and seven graduate degree programs (Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education, Master of Business Administration, and Specialist in Education). Meeting the needs of the South Carolina Lowcountry in terms of instruction, public service, and research, including such initiatives as cooperative programs with other educational institutions, is an important part of The Citadel's mission.

Together, the Corps of Cadets and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies enroll approximately 4,000 students, about three-fourths of whom come from South Carolina.

In its educational programs, The Citadel acknowledges and endorses the teacher-scholar ideal, recognizing that the excellence of all of its academic programs is dependent upon the quality of its faculty. This ideal is pursued through teaching and lecturing, researching, writing, publishing, and public service. The Citadel’s faculty also address audiences beyond the college by sharing their knowledge with other scholars and with the public.



School name:The Citadel
Address:171 Moultrie Street
Zip & city:SC 29409 South Carolina
Phone:843-225-3294
Web:http://citadel.edu
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