Archive for February, 2011

February 8, 2011

Dear Citadel Family,

You play a vital role in making The Citadel voice heard in Columbia.  In almost every meeting I have with key legislators, I am told how effective the voice of The Citadel community is.  This year your voice is more important than ever as we face continued shortfalls in the state budget.

Current estimates show the state budget deficit is $800 million.  We understand that we will take cuts, but we do not want to be singled out for more cuts than other institutions.

Before he left office, outgoing Governor Mark Sanford proposed a budget that would cut our current base budget by 51%.  This includes $907,000 for excessive tuition and more than $1 million in cuts for student services.  No other college in the state was threatened with cuts that drastic.

We must continue to educate lawmakers about our All-In Cost which covers tuition, books, meal plans, lodging, uniforms and haircuts.  This year’s All-In Cost increase was 6.3%, well under the 7% cap adopted by the Budget and Control Board.  We believe the All-In Cost is a better measure of the cost of going to college and is certainly much more transparent than reporting tuition increases alone.

There is also a chance that legislation will be introduced that would cap the number of out-of state-students attending SC colleges and universities.  The Citadel offers a unique experience that is not for every high school graduate, but we accept all qualified SC students.  Approximately half of the Corps of Cadets are in-state students, and this year we broke a 46-year record for the number of SC students matriculating into the Corps of Cadets. A cap is simply not necessary.

This will be another tough year financially for The Citadel, but we are committed to providing the high quality academic and leadership experience of which we are all justifiably proud.  We need your help in Columbia.  I want to thank you for all that you do.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my legislative liaison Cardon Crawford.

Sincerely,

John W. Rosa, ‘73
Lieutenant General, USAF (Retired)
President