November 2005

Articles in this edition
Meet the Corps leadership
POW Ceremony brings back memories
General's Journal
Citadel Points of Pride
Community service project for flood relief
Athletic Hall of Fame to get
five new members

Behind the rankings

Roger C. Poole, Ph.D.
Major General, SCM
Interim President

Roger C. Poole '59 Ph.D.

Major General, UMSC
President of the College

In academe, colleges tend to view rankings in one of two ways. If a college lands a good ranking from a nationally-recognized authority, the news becomes a bragging point for everyone from the president to prospective students. Colleges that don’t rank so well tend to describe the exercise as a marketing ploy that uses subjective measures to define values not easily quantified.

This debate heats up within college circles each fall and there are merits to both points of view. Since The Citadel consistently scores so well, we continue to boast about our rankings, siding with the braggarts. Our favorable scores on graduation rate, quality of the faculty, selectivity, classroom size and alumni support continue to keep us in good standing when outsiders rate The Citadel.

To borrow an academic cliché, The Citadel aced the rankings this fall.

Newsweek Magazine and the Kaplan College Guide placed The Citadel in its list of America’s 25 hottest colleges for 2006, naming us the hottest military college – a designation held by the U.S. Naval Academy last year.

U.S. News & World Report moved The Citadel up a notch in its listing of best Southern universities with master’s degree programs. We ranked No. 2 among public colleges and No. 7 in our category when one includes publics and privates. We were also ranked as the No. 7 best value in that category. In a national ranking, our engineering school placed No. 32 within a listing that includes much larger programs – a reflection of the superior quality of this jewel in our curriculum.

At a glance ...
The Citadel has placed in U.S. News & World Report’s top 10 listing of Southern colleges in our category 18 of the past 21 years.
The Princeton Review has included The Citadel in its listing of the 350 most interesting colleges in America and labeled our School of Business Administration as one of the 237 best business schools nationwide. They particularly liked our MBA program. (I don’t know why The Princeton Review chose 237 as the magic number but we’ll take the kudos.)

Everyone at The Citadel will have a good time talking about rankings this year. Yet the more significant conversation is why a Citadel education continues to draw good reviews.

I believe the answer lies in our mission. The Citadel has never tried to be all things to all people. Our focus on providing an excellent education within a classic military structure forces us to concentrate on education beyond the classroom as an essential element of The Citadel experience. Our 24/7 attention to the development of cadets produces graduates who are capable, principled and ready to serve.

The Citadel also prepares Lowcountry adults for professional leadership and service through our College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Because CGPS students study under the same highly qualified faculty who teach cadets, they benefit from the institutional commitment to an education that embraces the development of principled leaders.

I have a different perspective on The Citadel than most people as I am an alumnus, an educator with experience at other colleges, a retired flag officer and two-time interim president here. From all that I have seen, I can confidently state that the performance of our graduates once they leave Lesesne Gate is the most important ranking of all.

And in that competition, The Citadel ranks No. 1.

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