A letter from the BOV Chairman

Lt. Gen. John Sams, Chairman of the Citadel Board of Visitors

Lt. Gen. John Sams, Chairman of the Citadel Board of Visitors

The Standard That is The Citadel

As Chair of The Citadel Board of Visitors and a member of the Class of 1967, I would like to share factual data illustrating the college’s efforts to provide excellence in higher education. Lt General John Rosa, his staff and faculty consistently strive to improve every aspect of The Citadel, and a few accomplishments are particularly noteworthy:

•For the past five consecutive years The Citadel has been rated by US News and World Report as the #1 Public Regional University in the Southeast offering at least a masters degree;
•In 2014 (the last 10-year accreditation cycle), The Citadel completed reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges with no recommendations for improvements or action required. For the significance of this please contact any college President;
•The ROTC Program was rated as #1 in the nation by The Washington Monthly in 2014.
•In 8 of the last 10 years The Citadel has the highest four-year college graduation rate in the state of South Carolina;
•In 2015 The Citadel received the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Award as one of the most civic-minded colleges in the nation. Only about 2% of schools have earned this distinction;
•Rated in 2014 as the 4th fittest college in the country by The Active Times, and perhaps most importantly;
•The cadet (student)-to-faculty ratio at The Citadel is 13-1.

Mandatory leadership and ethics studies in a military culture provide real-life leadership opportunities. We have active partnerships with 36 community organizations in the Lowcountry, including students in Title I schools where test scores are critically low and poverty is high. When a local high school found its football field unplayable, The Citadel stepped forward and offered our stadium as the host field for their home football games. Lt Gen Rosa, his staff, and faculty have made these achievements and involvements possible, and have an on-going Strategic Plan to ensure constant improvement. All of this is in an environment where state support to higher education has been reduced from over 40% of operating budgets, to less the 8%. Most would say The Citadel understands discipline. Rest assured where disciplinary actions are required, Gen Rosa and his staff will take the appropriate actions.

Respectfully,
John B. Sams, Jr., Lt Gen, USAF (ret)
Chairman, Citadel Board of Visitors

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