Every ten years, all accredited colleges in the southern states are
required to renew their status by demonstrating that they continue to
meet the accreditation standards of the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools. In 2001, the process leading to reaccreditation (for years
referred to as a self study) underwent such a significant change
in philosophy and format that it is now called a reaffirmation.
Reaffirmation requires completion of two significant projectsthe
compliance audit and the quality improvement planwhich The Citadel
is now engaged in and will complete in 2004.
This site is part of that undertaking and is intended,
first, as a resource for Citadel faculty and
staff preparing for reaffirmation;
second, as a reference point for members of
the SACS Staff and the two peer review teams as they guide us through
the process; and
finally, as a comprehensive picture of The
Citadel for other persons who may be interested.
This site is maintained by Professor Robert A. White,
Department of English. Please contact him by phone (843-953-2734) or
with questions or comments.
and Overview of this Site
This site is divided into five main sections:
|| The purpose and philosophy
of the reaffirmation process, the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools, The Citadel's Leadership Team, and information about
The Citadel's responses to
the twelve Core Requirements,
the fifty-three Comprehensive Standards,
the eight Federal Mandates
that together comprise the compliance certification.
Quality Enhancement Plan:
||The Citadel's course of action for
improving the quality of the institution, with special attention
to student learning.
||A hyperlinked list of the documents
most commonly referred to throughout the audit. (Not a comprehensive
||A password-protected area
for use by faculty and staff working on the reaffirmation, intended
for sharing draft copies of responses and other information.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is the accrediting body
for more than 12,000 public and private educational institutions, from
prekindergarten through university level, in eleven states of the Southeastern
U.S. and in Latin America. Member institutions regularly perform comprehensive
self-evaluations to assist them in planning for improvement and to assure
the public of their overall quality. SACS is one of only six such regional
accrediting organizations in the U.S. recognized by the U.S. Department
of Education. Member institutions are accredited through one of SACS'
three commissions: the Commission on Colleges, the Commission
on Secondary and Middle Schools, and the Commission on Elementary and
Middle Schools. In preparing for reaffirmation, The Citadel works with
and through SACS's Commission
on Colleges, the representative body of the College Delegate Assembly,
which is charged with carrying out the accreditation process.
Rationale for Reaffirmation
The SACS Reaffirmation Process serves three important purposes. In
the first place, the compliance audit gives us the opportunity to check
up on ourselvesto pause and ask ourselves "How are we doing?"
We are, and always have been, strongly committed to giving our students
the best possible education of its kind, and our enviable reputation
in this area speaks for itself; but no institution can afford complacency.
The fact that we periodically examine the effectiveness of our programs
and the use of our resources assures present and future generations
of students that they will receive at least as much from The Citadel
as did their parents.
In the second place, formulating and implementing a quality improvement
plan (QEP) guarantees that The Citadel actively seeks out creative and
comprehensive ways to improve student learning, no matter how
effective current practices might be. While the compliance audit forces
us to ask how effective our present methods are, the QEP raises possibilities
for renewal that challenge us to become even better.
Finally, the reaffirmation process, and the SACS reaccreditation that
will follow it, demonstrateto prospective students, parents, legislators,
the armed services, and the general publicthat The Citadel is
indeed fulfilling its mission. It is therefore an absolutely essential
feature of our standing within, and our contribution to, the nation's
The Citadel's Reaffirmation
- Major General John S. Grinalds, President, Chair
- Brigadier General Harrison S. Carter, Provost and Dean of the College,
- Colonel Curtice E. Holland, Vice President for Finance and Business
- Mrs. Alicia Loeffler, Staff Assistant
- Brigadier General J. Emory Mace, Commandant of Cadets
- Mrs. Patricia P. McArver, Vice President for Communications
- Colonel Isaac S. Metts, Jr., Associate Vice President for Academic
- Colonel Laurence W. Moreland, Professor and Head, Department of
Political Science and Criminal Justice, and Chair, Strategic Planning
- Mr. Leslie G. Robinson, Director of Athletics
- Colonel Dudley Saleeby, Jr., Chair, Strategic Planning Committee,
Board of Visitors
- Mr. Frank A. Shannon, III, Executive Director, Citadel Foundation
- Colonel Donald M. Tomasik, Vice President for Facilities and Engineering
- Colonel Robert A. White, Professor, Department of English
- Lieutenant Colonel George T. Williams, Professor, School of Education,
and Chair, Faculty Council
May 23, 2002:
Orientation meeting for institutions
with undergraduate and graduate programs or only graduate programs.
November 15, 2002:
Institutional Fall Annual Profile
April 6-7, 2003:
Staff Advisory Visit to the campus.
Institutional Winter Annual Profile
Due. (Expanded version.)
August 15, 2003:
Submission of Compliance Certification
September 29 through
October 2, 2003:
Off-Site Peer Review Committees
meet to conduct preliminary assessments of institutional compliance
with the Principles of Accreditation.
Staff conference calls with leadership
teams to convey preliminary findings determined by the Off-Site
Peer Review Committee.
November 17, 2003:
Institutional Fall Annual Profile due.
January 12, 2004:
|Submission of Quality Enhancement Plan.
|Institutional Winter Annual Profile
March 15 through
April 30, 2004:
|On-Site review and preparation of Reaffirmation
Five months after
|Institutional response to the report
of the Reaffirmation Committee due
|Review by the Commission
on Colleges to determine reaffirmation of accreditation.