Citadel Graduate College – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Fri, 29 Apr 2022 17:52:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.4 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Citadel Graduate College – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Advancing careers: certificates in intelligence analysis https://today.citadel.edu/advancing-careers-certificates-in-intelligence-analysis/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 17:40:34 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31812 woman on computerwoman on computerStudents in the Intelligence and Security Studies online program come from all over the country with a variety of backgrounds.]]> woman on computerwoman on computer

Identifying threats to the U.S.

By Barry Waldman for The Lowcountry Graduate Center

A young woman with a bachelor’s degree in the social sciences decided early in her career that what she really wanted to do was work in intelligence analysis for the federal government.

Intelligence analysis is the process by which information is collected on a potential enemy and analyzed to understand current operations, predict their behavior and determine any threats they may pose.

Courses completely online

The Citadel graduate certificate program in Intelligence Analysis is a five-course, asynchronous online program that introduces students to intelligence analysis concepts, applicable management principles, policy analysis, critical thinking and enhanced critical leadership skills necessary to successfully address security and intelligence challenges facing the United States.

By its nature, it is conducive to working professionals and military service member to pursue a graduate certificate without interrupting their careers.

As the Military College of South Carolina, The Citadel is uniquely positioned to offer this program, which serves for most students as a stepping stone to the full master’s degree program in intelligence analysis. With a certificate, a master’s degree student is nearly halfway through the curriculum.

All certificate students take the three core courses – Introduction to Intelligence, Intelligence Research and Analysis, and Intelligence Theory Application. A long list of electives provide context for the analysis techniques learned, in courses like Topics in Homeland Security, European History, Evolution of Military Leadership Thought, International Political Theory, and Russian Active Measures, to name just a sampling.

Dipping toes into academia

Larry Valero, Ph.D., head of The Citadel Department of Intelligence and Security Studies, says most students complete the certificate program in two or three semesters, but they have a couple of years to do so. Many students are working professionals in mid-career who haven’t attended college for years and need to dip their toes in academia before committing to a full master’s degree program. Once they have established their ability to juggle work, family and the rigors of graduate school coursework, most go on for the full master’s.

Students in the program come from all over the country with a variety of backgrounds, Valero said. Some are serving members of the armed forces, first responders like police officers and firefighters, some work in Homeland Security. Others work in completely unrelated fields and have no intelligence background whatsoever but are interested in a career transition.

Putin and Intelligence Analysis

Events today involving Russia and its western neighbors, and the intelligence community’s need to understand Vladimir Putin’s motivations and incentives, are testament to the urgency of intelligence analysis. The future of Eastern Europe could be at stake.

“Our field is very interdisciplinary, running the gamut of politics, people, and technology,” Valero said. It is so topical and timely, there is no limit to what can be applied to the field. We offer that additional background that analysts may need to know now and in the future.”

For more information on studying Intelligence and Security Studies with The Citadel email intel@citadel.edu.

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The Citadel’s online programs now ranked among top 5 in America in two categories https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadels-online-programs-now-ranked-among-top-5-in-america-in-two-categories/ Thu, 14 Apr 2022 19:59:21 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31530 College Consensus ranked The Citadel's online programs #2 in America for veterans and #5 in the nation for all students studying online.]]>

#2 in nation for veterans, #5 overall according to College Consensus

The convenient, flexible online programs offered by The Citadel are now ranked second in America for veterans by College Consensus, and #5 in the nation for all students studying online.

The college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews published its newest 50 Best Online Colleges for Veterans in late March.

The Top 5 Best Online Colleges for Veterans are:

  • University of Florida
  • The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina
  • University of Arizona
  • Western Carolina University
  • Saint Louis University

Additionally, that list ranks The Citadel as #18 in America for Best Colleges for Veterans, (attending in person).

The Citadel, also called the Military College of South Carolina, prides itself on its service to veterans in its mission to educate and develop principled leaders. Many members of the college’s faculty and staff are also veterans, including The Citadel President Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79.

College Consensus is one of numerous organizations to name The Citadel among the best in the nation for veterans. U.S. News & World Report, for example, has repeatedly ranked The Citadel high on its list of best options for veterans, giving the college the title of #1 Best Colleges For Veterans on their most recent list for regional universities, South.

According to College Consensus, over half a million military veterans turn to America’s colleges each year to expand their career options after service, much like Adrian Lorduy. A Navy veteran, Lorduy will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Intelligence and Security Studies from The Citadel in May.

Adrian Lorduy, U.S. Navy veteran, business owner, Class of 2022 Intelligence and Security Studies B.A. student

Lorduy founded a company called Buenavista Information Systems about two years ago. “We are a Service Disabled, Veteran-Owned IT management and support company that services both commercial and government entities,” he said in an email when asked to describe his work.

The Citadel’s online program has allowed me to continue and excel in my academic career while simultaneously allowing me to grow my company to new heights. The Citadel has been a blessing to my family, my company and myself through its healthy combination of academic flexibility and endless resources to assure veteran success.

Adrian Lorduy, U.S. Navy veteran, business owner, Class of 2022 Intelligence and Security Studies B.A. student

The Citadel has many flexible programs to meet the needs of veteran students who want to earn undergraduate or graduate degrees. Find out more here.

#5 in America for all students attending college remotely

The recent veteran education rankings were followed on April 6 with the announcement of the College Consensus 2022 Best Online Colleges and Universities list for all students attending college remotely.

The Top 5 Best Online Colleges and Universities are:

  • University of Florida
  • California State University-Chico
  • Appalachian State University
  • Boston University
  • The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina

Read about the methodology behind the College Consensus rankings here.

Online students at any level of study attend via The Citadel Graduate College (CGC), meaning it is a civilian program and they are not a part of the Corps of Cadets. There are more than 25 undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as graduate-level certificate programs.

Explore The Citadel’s online programs here.

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Three institutions awarded $1.12M in grants for teacher education ‘Centers of Excellence’ https://today.citadel.edu/three-institutions-awarded-1-12m-in-grants-for-teacher-education-centers-of-excellence/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 22:30:13 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30916 Leadership Symposium, Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics, School of Engineering, Zucker Family School of Education, Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business,Leadership Symposium, Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics, School of Engineering, Zucker Family School of Education, Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business,"As our state seeks to overcome a historic teacher shortage, these programs will provide support to key areas identified by the receiving institutions."]]> Leadership Symposium, Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics, School of Engineering, Zucker Family School of Education, Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business,Leadership Symposium, Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics, School of Engineering, Zucker Family School of Education, Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business,

Photo above: Leadership Symposium including faculty and students from the Zucker Family School of Education in 2019 on The Citadel campus.

SC Commission on Higher Education announces new grant to include The Citadel’s Zucker Family School of Education

Announcement provided by as provided by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

Columbia, SC — The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE) announced today that three in-state colleges and universities will receive grants totaling $1.12M to support “Centers of Excellence” featuring specific programs for the development of best practices in teaching-related areas. 

The Citadel, Francis Marion University, and Clemson University will receive the grants, which are made available through the South Carolina Education Improvement Act (EIA) of 1984 and distributed over a three-year term. 

Each institution’s center specializes in a critical area for teachers’ effective service to the education needs of South Carolina. The FY22 amounts and areas are:
•    $129,580 awarded to The Citadel, specializing in STEM and Literacy.
•    $128,652 awarded to Clemson University, specializing in school administrator training to address teacher retention.  
•    $89,989 awarded to Francis Marion University, specializing in teacher retention and induction in the Pee Dee region.

“As our state seeks to overcome a historic teacher shortage, these programs will provide support to key areas identified by the receiving institutions,” said Dr. Mariam W. Dittmann, director of the CHE’s Office of Academic Affairs and Licensing. “We are excited to see these centers implement concepts that address our teacher shortage head-on.” 

The FY 2021-22 grants called for proposals to focus centers on collaboration with rural school(s)/districts and/or low-performing school(s). Specifically, the proposals were asked to support:  

•    Professional development in leadership/principalship training to the K-12 education community to create a positive school environment/culture for teacher retention. 
•    Improved teaching practices in STEM and literacy. 
•    Increased teacher induction rate of Lowcountry and/or Pee Dee regions to raise teacher retention rates.
•    Raising educator’s awareness of college and career readiness at middle and high school levels. 

Any public or private college/university in the state authorized by the South Carolina State Board of Education to offer one or more-degree programs at graduate or undergraduate levels for the preparation of teachers is eligible to apply. 

Learn more about the undergraduate and graduate programs offered by The Citadel’s Zucker Family of Education. The Citadel has educated educators since the 1960s.

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The Citadel announces Class of 2022 commencement, nurse Pinning Ceremony speakers https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-announces-class-of-2022-commencement-nurse-pinning-ceremony-speakers/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 20:44:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30607 South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement 2018South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement 2018Stavridis led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, counter piracy, and cyber security.]]> South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement 2018South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement 2018

Corps of Cadets and Graduate College ceremonies to be held May 7

The Citadel will hold a commencement ceremony for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. Later that day, the ceremony for The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2022 will take place at 3:30 p.m. Both events will be held in McAlister Field House and full information can be found here.

Earlier in the week, on Thursday, May 5, the former Surgeon General for the U.S. Air Force will speak during the Nursing Graduation Candidates Pinning Ceremony.

Admiral James George Stavridis, USN (Ret.), to send off Corps of Cadets graduates

Admiral James Stavridis is Vice Chair, Global Affairs of The Carlyle Group and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation, following five years as the 12th Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. A retired 4-star officer in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, counter piracy and cyber security. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009. Stavridis earned more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations in his 37-year military career.

Earlier in his military career he commanded the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet, winning the Battenberg Cup, as well as a squadron of destroyers and a carrier strike group – all in combat. In 2016, he was vetted for Vice President by Hillary Clinton and subsequently invited to Trump Tower to discuss a cabinet position in the Trump Administration.

Admiral Stavridis earned a Ph.D. in international relations and has published eleven books and hundreds of articles in leading journals around the world, including the recent novel “2034: A Novel of the Next World War,” which was a New York Times bestseller and “The Sailor’s Bookshelf: Fifty Books to Know the Sea”. His 2012 TED talk on global security has close to one million views. Admiral Stavridis is a contributing editor for TIME Magazine and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News.

Claudius “Bud” Watts IV, ’83, to address The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2022

Claudius “Bud” Watts IV, The Citadel Class of 1983

Claudius E. Watts IV (“Bud”) is a private investor and founder of Meeting Street Capital, LLC.
Meeting Street Capital is a private investment firm focused primarily on early stage software
businesses based in the Southeast.

Watts also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of CommScope (NASDAQ:
COMM) and as a Senior Advisor to The Carlyle Group. From May 2016 until May 2020, he served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Carolina Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: CARO), which was sold to United Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: UBSI) in 2020.

In addition to his current business activities, Watts serves as the Chairman of the Board of
The Citadel Trust and on the board of The Citadel Foundation, which together manage the
primary endowment funds and fundraising efforts supporting The Citadel. He also serves on the
boards of The Roper St. Francis Foundation and The Belle W. Baruch Foundation.

Prior to founding Meeting Street Capital, Watts was a Partner and Managing Director at The
Carlyle Group. He joined the firm in 2000, established its Technology Buyout Group in 2004,
and led it until 2014. He retired from the firm in late 2017. Watts led Carlyle’s investments
in and served on the Boards of technology companies CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM), SS&C
Technologies (NASDAQ: SSNC), Open Link Financial, Open Solutions, Freescale
Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL), and Jazz Semiconductor, as well as aerospace companies Firth
Rixon, Sippican, and CPU Technology.

Prior to joining Carlyle, Watts was a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions
group of First Union Securities, Inc. He joined First Union when it acquired Bowles Hollowell
Conner & Co., where he was a principal.

Before joining Bowles Hollowell, Watts served as a fighter pilot in the United States
Air Force. During his service, he was qualified as an instructor pilot in both the F-16 and A-10
aircraft and served in a number of leadership and operations management positions in the United
States and abroad.

Watts earned a B.S. in electrical engineering cum laude from The Citadel in Charleston,
South Carolina, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Lt. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg, USAF (Ret.), former Air Force Surgeon General to speak at nurse Pinning Ceremony

Lt. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg, USAF (Ret.), provided by the Air Force

The Class of 2022 Nursing Graduation Candidates Pinning Ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. on May 5 at Summerall Chapel. Addressing the graduates, along with their guests and the Swain Department of Nursing faculty and staff, will be Lt. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg, USAF (Ret.).

Prior to retiring from military service, Hogg was the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon and also served as the first Surgeon General of the U.S. Space Force. In those roles she served as advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force, the Air Force Chief of Staff, the Space Force Chief of Space Operations and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs on matters pertaining to the medical aspects of the air expeditionary force and the health of Airmen and Guardians

Hogg committed resources worldwide for the Air Force Medical Service, to make decisions affecting the delivery of medical services, and to develop plans, programs and procedures to support worldwide medical service missions. She exercised the direction, guidance and technical management of a $6.1 billion, 44,000-person integrated healthcare delivery and readiness system serving 2.6 million beneficiaries at 76 military treatment facilities worldwide.

Prior to that assignment, Hogg was as Deputy Surgeon General and Chief, Air Force Nurse Corps, Office of the Surgeon General, Falls Church, Virginia. She entered the Air Force in 1984 and has commanded at the squadron and group level, and served as the Deputy Command Surgeon for two major commands. She was deployed in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

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Certificates in Advanced Engineering Serve Workers and Employers https://today.citadel.edu/certificates-in-advanced-engineering-serve-workers-and-employers/ Mon, 14 Feb 2022 00:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30586 Photo of mechanical engineer at workPhoto of mechanical engineer at workAs seen on LowcountryGraduateCenter.com, by Barrry Waldman Lowcountry employers like Boeing, Mercedes Benz, Volvo, Bosch, NIWC, Cummins, Rotorion, Santee Cooper and many more seek engineers with advanced degrees in a]]> Photo of mechanical engineer at workPhoto of mechanical engineer at work

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Lowcountry employers like Boeing, Mercedes Benz, Volvo, Bosch, NIWC, Cummins, Rotorion, Santee Cooper and many more seek engineers with advanced degrees in a host of disciplines. Engines of growth in a region that has experienced triple the labor force growth of the nation, the manufacturing and high-tech fields are hungry for local expertise.

Enter the only local college with an engineering curriculum. The Citadel, which bestows engineering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, is helping fill the pipeline of critical staff at these businesses, keeping the jobs and employers in this region.

The alternative is for companies to import talent from outside the region, further straining schools, housing, roads and other infrastructure that are already near, or even past, full capacity. 

A Shorter Route to Engineering Expertise

For those seeking a shortcut to that expertise, who don’t have the time or resources to commit to a full graduate program, or who want to get their feet wet on an advanced degree before diving in, The Citadel offers certificates in advanced engineering that demonstrate proficiency without requiring the full master’s degree program.

Certificate programs in aeronautics, composite materials, manufacturing, mechatronics, and power and energy are aimed at working professionals and require just four master’s level courses over three years. Upon completion, students earn a certificate and are 40% of the way to a master’s degree.

“The certificate programs are offered in the evenings to allow working individuals with fulltime jobs or other obligations a systematic way to show increased tech proficiency,” said Lt. Col. Robert Rabb, a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and head of the mechanical engineering department. He says all the students who complete the certificate program have continued to a master’s degree.

Certificates Pave the Way to Further Study

Many of the students in the course are mid-level managers who need a graduate degree to move up the corporate ladder. Boeing, for example, requires an advanced degree to become a manager in the company.

Admission to the certificate program is somewhat less rigorous than for the full graduate level program. For some, it is a way to demonstrate the ability to do graduate work before applying for the full master’s.

Certificate students in aeronautics take these four courses: advanced fluid dynamics, applied aerodynamics, compressible flow, and computational methods in thermal sciences. Upon completion, these courses may be used as part of a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering or in any of the other four related engineering courses. 

In other words, students with a certificate in one discipline can apply those credits to a master’s in another.

In a time of labor shortages, particularly in high-skilled professions, plaguing businesses nationwide, the median salaries in many engineering management positions tops six figures. For 2019, the last year before Covid, roughly 300 new industrial engineers were hired in the three-county region, according to the Charleston Regional Development Alliance.

No Knob Year Rituals for Grad Students

The traditions around discipline for which The Citadel is renowned do not apply to graduate or certificate students. While first-year undergraduates at South Carolina’s military college must wear buzz cuts, endure verbal harassment from upperclassmen and walk in the street at right angles while on campus, those taking graduate level courses have a normal grad school experience. 

“The dress is business casual, and you can grow your hair long and talk bad about our country,” Rabb joked.

For more information, visit the website or call Dr. Rabb at (843) 953-0520.

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Citadel online business programs rank top 50 nationwide https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-online-business-programs-rank-top-50-nationwide/ Tue, 08 Feb 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30429 Students participate in a military dress parade at The Citadel. (Photo/Provided)Students participate in a military dress parade at The Citadel. (Photo/Provided)The new rankings mark the fourth consecutive year that The Citadel’s online business programs have been ranked as the best in South Carolina by U.S. News & World Report.  ]]> Students participate in a military dress parade at The Citadel. (Photo/Provided)Students participate in a military dress parade at The Citadel. (Photo/Provided)

As seen in the Charleston Regional Business Journal, by Robi Lyle

Photo above: Students participate in a military dress parade at The Citadel. (Photo/Provided)

The results are in for U.S. News & World Report’s lists of best online programs in the country, and The Citadel’s Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business comes in top 50 in two different categories.

The business school’s online MBA program ranked No. 37 in the nation on the list of Best Online MBA Programs, while the online bachelor’s program ranked No. 26 for Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs.  Advertisement

The new rankings mark the fourth consecutive year that The Citadel’s online business programs have been ranked as the best in South Carolina by U.S. News & World Report.  

“It is gratifying to see how our focus on helping students succeed – by providing relevant courses taught by faculty with a combination of industry experiences and outstanding academic credentials – has resulted in so many positive outcomes for the graduates of the Baker School of Business,” said Michael Weeks, dean of the business school, in a statement.  

The rankings also mark an improvement of 51 spots for the online MBA program in just one year, reflective of a time when universities across the country are improving their online education offerings in response to the pandemic.

For Abigail Showalter, an MBA student who plans to graduate from The Citadel in May, the virtual format allows her to accomplish her to-do list on her own timetable.

“I have a pretty set schedule with work, and I’ve learned how to gauge how much time I need to spend studying,” Showalter said in a statement. “The online format definitely makes it flexible to decide where and when you want to study. In some ways, it’s like a remote job.” 

Within the MBA program, The Citadel also emphasizes flexibility of course content.

“Our online MBA offers flexible capstone experiences, designed to directly support interests in executive decision-making, entrepreneurship or consulting skill development,” said Todd Drew, director of MBA and College Transfer Programs, in a statement. “Online students also benefit from a variety of student support and networking experiences, including access to career and professional coaching.” 

The Citadel’s business programs are offered through three departments, including accounting and finance, management and entrepreneurship and marketing, supply chain management and economics

The U.S. News & World Report rankings for best online programs are limited to non-cadet student programs, given that cadets enrolled in the business school attend classes on campus. 

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The Citadel to host prestigious Jack Voltaic cyber conference in February 2022 https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-to-host-prestigious-jack-voltaic-cyber-conference-in-february-2022/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 14:48:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=29444 "Cyber attacks are escalating. They impact government and private sector interests at all levels."]]>

Photo above: Cadets in a Computer Networks class for cadets and veteran day students led by Professor Shankar Banik at The Citadel in February 2020.

Registration now open for segment at The Citadel in Charleston, S. C.

Prepare. Prevent. Respond. Report. 

Those are the key areas to be addressed during the Jack Voltaic Conference Series (JVCS) segment being hosted by The Citadel — in Charleston, South Carolina — Feb. 24-25, 2022. The theme: Cyber Resiliency for Critical Infrastructure.

“Cyber attacks are escalating. They impact government and private sector interests at all levels. This emphasizes that the need to protect the country and our shared interests is more pressing than ever,” said Shankar Banik, Ph.D., professor and head of the Department of Cyber and Computer Sciences and director of The Citadel Department of Defense Cyber Institute. “The purpose of the JVCS is to inform and align professionals supporting America’s critical infrastructure, strengthening the network focused on resiliency.”

The final segment of the four-part series will be held at the University of Illinois in May. Other partner institutions, which include Norwich University Applied Research Institute and the Georgia Cyber Center, held events in 2021. The JVCS is led by the Army Cyber Institute at West Point.

“We will review research findings from previous Jack Voltaic exercises, share tools and learn in workshops through this partnership event that joins the businesses and public entities owning and operating assets and systems important to the country’s critical infrastructure,” Banik said. “We will work to identify gaps that may leave some areas vulnerable and to address those gaps.”

Some of the speakers and panelists include:

  • Klint Walker, Department of Homeland Security, Cyber Security Advisor, Region IV
  • Robert Lee, Dragos, Inc., Chief Executive Officer
  • John Strand, Black Hills Information Security, Owner and Security Analyst

Who can attend the JVCS event at The Citadel?

The Citadel is sending invitations to potential conference attendees including state and federal public entities that protect America’s critical infrastructures; cybersecurity professionals; leaders of infrastructure supporting entities; educators and researchers from academic institutions; and cybersecurity, intelligence and security studies cadets and students.

Others with related interests are also encouraged to apply. Approximately 230 people can be accommodated. For more information, email msaunde4@citadel.edu.

Register for JVCS at The Citadel HERE.

Cybersecurity programs at The Citadel

The Citadel is a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber (NCAE-C), designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security since 2016. The Citadel Department of Defense Cyber Institute (CDCI) was established in 2020 with federal funding to help train the next generation of cyber warriors.

Cybersecurity programs at The Citadel include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Cyber Operations
  • Cybersecurity minor
  • Cyber Interdisciplinary Studies minor
  • Cybersecurity graduate certificate (offered jointly with the College of Charleston)

Additional opportunities for cadets and students studying Cybersecurity at The Citadel include:

Cadets in a Computer Networks class for cadets and veteran day students led by Professor Shankar Banik at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on February 11, 2020

Related undergraduate and graduate degrees at The Citadel include Computer Science, Intelligence and Security Studies, two master’s degrees and several graduate certificates.

For more information about earning degrees as a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets visit this webpage or email admissions@citadel.edu.

To pursue degrees through The Citadel Graduate College, go here

College undergraduates considering degree completion programs can learn more here.

For veterans considering studying cybersecurity at The Citadel, more information can be found here.

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A Passion for Teaching https://today.citadel.edu/a-passion-for-literacy-education/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 19:27:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=29290 Lauren Roche, Literacy EducationLauren Roche, Literacy EducationAt her Title I school, Lauren Roche makes a positive impact every day by doing what she loves. When Roche noticed her English language learners needed an advocate, she enrolled in The Citadel Graduate College's literacy education program.]]> Lauren Roche, Literacy EducationLauren Roche, Literacy Education

For Lauren Roche, who earned her master’s degree in literacy education from The Citadel Graduate College, teaching is about more than covering standards. Her fourth grade classroom is a haven for English language learners at Pinehurst Elementary, a Title I school where many students are learning grade-level lessons as they learn a new language. Sometimes this means that students become translators for their peers.

As Roche’s students grapple with a new language, she continues to pick up more and more Spanish.

Roche had positive connections with all her teachers growing up in New Jersey in the early 2000s, and she wants her students to have the same opportunities. “I had such a good educational experience,” she said, “that I wanted to give that back in a way that I could.”

Roche’s desire to help students led her to The Citadel. “The program at The Citadel provided me the foundations for literacy and phonics skills and reading skills that I was unable to receive in my undergraduate courses.”

Because The Citadel’s program is research-based, Roche chose to use data from her own classroom and real-world experiences. “Then I was able to use those findings and what I found throughout the research process to directly implement it back into my teaching. So it was not only for the class, but it was also bettering me as a teacher,” she said.

Roche found that English language learner curriculum often assumes the students have experience learning in a traditional school. This isn’t always the case.

During her first year at Pinehurst Elementary School, Roche taught an ELL who had not previously held a pencil.

“By the end of the year, he was speaking basic English,” she said. “He was able to read and write on a kindergarten level. And even though it was in a third grade class, watching the progression of that student made me realize after my first year of teaching that I was in the right school and the right profession.”

Others realized it too. In 2016, Roche was named the Charleston County School District Elementary Rookie Teacher of the Year, and today, she continues to be a paragon educator. In May, Roche earned a master’s degree in literacy education and a graduate certificate in literacy education. “This program just provided me the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers and meet with these professors and just expose myself to so much more than I could ever imagine. And I’m so grateful that I had that experience because now I have a new job in literacy intervention, and I was able to bring so much of what I learned back into the classroom.” The data analysis skills Roche learned help her monitor and adjust her lesson plans to where she can now measure her students’ growth Monday through Friday.

“Everyone dreams about waking up and loving their job every single day. And I’m so fortunate that when I wake up, I enjoy going to work every day. I enjoy the community that I work with… The students are the center of my job. And I’m so fortunate that I get to work with them.”

Roche’s decision to keep pursuing her passion for teaching is timely. As the pandemic further complicates her career field, Roche is thankful for the hands-on, interactive lessons she learned at The Citadel that enable her to meet challenges with renewed persistence and skill.

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The Citadel Board of Visitors votes on tuition for 2022-23 academic year https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-board-of-visitors-votes-on-tuition-for-2022-23-academic-year/ Tue, 02 Nov 2021 20:13:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=28194 Padgett-Thomas Barracks is seen from Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Credit: Cameron Pollack / The CitadelPadgett-Thomas Barracks is seen from Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Credit: Cameron Pollack / The Citadel The Citadel Board of Visitors (BOV) approved a modest tuition increase for the 2022-23 academic year.]]> Padgett-Thomas Barracks is seen from Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Credit: Cameron Pollack / The CitadelPadgett-Thomas Barracks is seen from Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Credit: Cameron Pollack / The Citadel

During its annual, two-day fall meeting on Oct. 29-30, The Citadel Board of Visitors (BOV) approved a modest tuition increase for the 2022-23 academic year. After two years with no tuition increases, the need for a 2.7% increase for members of the Corps of Cadets and for students in The Citadel Graduate College was explained by the Vice President of Finance and Business as a means of maintaining the college’s solid financial footing.

The increase is in keeping with the Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) projection of a 2.7% increase. HEPI is a national inflation index designed to track cost drivers in higher education. Several years ago, the BOV began voting on tuition rates in the fall, rather than waiting until spring, to help families and students plan ahead, particularly with regard to securing financial aid packages.

“The Citadel Board of Visitors is supporting the college’s leadership in balancing the commitment to maintain outstanding cadet and student experiences, while addressing inflationary pressures,” said Col. Dylan W. Goff, ’02, BOV chair. “A modest 2.7% increase will position the college to remain steady in the ability to address unforeseen expenses, without negatively impacting the transformational education and development The Citadel provides.”

Approximately 61% of cadets are from South Carolina. For in-state, upper-class cadets, all-in costs for tuition and fees will increase by $804 next year. Out-of-state cadets’ all-in tuition and fees will go up by $1,431. Details about increases for freshmen and for non-cadet students are below.

“If an alternative adjustment can be considered, we will revisit this decision in the spring,” Goff added.

Last year at this time, the BOV voted to raise tuition 2.5%, but rescinded that decision in the spring, when more information became available. In addition, activities by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2022 might present an opportunity for adjustment.

The South Carolina Corps of Cadets

The Citadel is one of the only two remaining 24/7 military institutions, aside from the federal academies. As such, when comparing college tuition rates, it is important to note that The Citadel’s fee structure is different because the costs of room and board, and multiple sets of military uniforms, comprise the overall “all-in” rate. This is because members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets — all undergraduates — must live in the barracks, eat most meals in the mess hall and wear uniforms while on campus. Laundry, dry cleaning and books are also included in the all-in rate, with those costs calculated as part of each cadet’s One Card/Quartermaster Account.

The all-in rate does not include other items such as fees that vary according to the academic major or schedule of each cadet or student. Those major-specific fees align with the higher cost of some majors for faculty, labs, materials or programming.

The costs of attendance for the 2022-23 academic year are below. Freshman year charges are higher because of first-year uniform purchases.

All-in cost for CadetsIn-stateOut-of-state
Upper-class26,18950,072
Freshmen31,70455,587
2022-23 academic year tuition rates

The Leadership Lab fee is set to increase by $31 for freshman and $27 for upperclassmen, also as aligned with HEPI. Room and board will increase by $297 for all cadets based on the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

The Citadel Graduate College

Students in The Citadel Graduate College’s on campus and online programs will also see a 2.7% increase in tuition.

The Citadel Graduate College Programs
(*per credit hour)
In-stateOut-of-state
College Transfer/Evening Undergraduates501950
Graduate Students6111048
Online College Transfer Undergraduates514514
Online Graduate Students714714
2022-23 academic year tuition rates


About The Citadel Effect

The Citadel has a consistent track record of achieving some of the highest four-year graduation rates in the state of South Carolina, as well as some of the highest rates of employment and salaries after graduation. The institution was recently recognized for achieving the highest return on investment of any four-year college in South Carolina and rated in the top 5% nationally. This combination of high four-year graduation rates, high employment and high salaries helped The Citadel earn recognition as #1 Public College in the South by U.S. News & World Report for eleven consecutive years.

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Photo above: Clockwise – Cadets Annabelle Miller, Khalil Al-Nakhala, Nathanael Ling, Nathanael King and Noah Wells.

There are five new cadets studying this fall at The Citadel with CyberCorps Scholarships for Service support.

They are:

  • Khalil Al-Nakhala
    Hometown: Hingham, Massachusetts
    Areas of study: Intelligence and Security Studies with Cybersecurity minor
  • Nathanael King
    Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
    Areas of study: Computer Science and Cyber Operations double-major
  • Nathanael Ling
    Hometown: Mebane, North Carolina
    Areas of study: Computer Science and Cyber Operations double-major
  • Annabelle Miller
    Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware
    Areas of study: Intelligence and Security Studies major with Cybersecurity minor
  • Noah Wells
    Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
    Areas of study: Computer Science, Mathematics and Cyber Operations triple-major

The program is designed to recruit and train cybersecurity professionals to meet the needs of federal, state, local and tribal government organizations. It provides scholarships for undergraduate students who will pursue employment with a government entity after graduation.

Members of the first cohort of cadets initially selected for the kick off of the program in 2020, Andrew Lindenmeyer, Shiloh Smiles, Philip Quinn and Ashley Ruiz will graduate in 2022 or 2023, and are already working with cybersecurity professionals through internships and mentorships. Lidenmeyer, for example, is a Computer Science and Cyber Operations double-major who has already interned with the National Security Agency and the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic, where he will work fulltime after graduating in 2023 while pursing a master’s degree, which he expects to complete in one year. Ruiz, an Honors Program student majoring in Intelligence and Security Studies and Political Science with a minor in Cybersecurity, has completed internships with the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of State and the National Security Agency.

The Citadel was awarded a $2.8 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant in 2020 to create South Carolina’s first CyberCorps Scholarships for Service program.

Summary of cybersecurity programs, scholarships, designations and events at The Citadel

Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship (DoD CySP)
These scholarships, supported through the Department of Defense, are designed to encourage the recruitment of the nation’s top cyber talent to help secure America against threats. Currently The Citadel has seven DoD CySP Scholars (six Cadets and one graduate student).

The Citadel Department of Defense Cyber Institute (CDCI)
The CDCI mission is to ensure the delivery of principled leaders who are experts in cybersecurity and have the skillset and experience required to begin working for the U.S. Department of Defense as soon as they earn their degrees.

The Citadel CyberCorps Scholarships for Service program
See the article above or read more about the program here.

Cybersecurity/Intelligence Scholars
An innovative program for gifted students who have a strong interest in cybersecurity and national security affairs.

National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense
The Citadel was recently re-designated a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense through 2028 by the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency,

Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Citadel chapter
There is a new Citadel chapter of the national WiCyS organization. Recently, travel grants were provided for 10 cadets and students to travel to the national conference.

Degrees in cybersecurity and operations
One of the colleges most popular undergraduate majors is Cyber Operations. Graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply security principles and practices to the design and implementation of the physical, software and human component of the cyber systems
  2. Analyze and evaluate cyber systems with respect to security
  3. Identify, analyze and mitigate threats in the cyber system

Other related academic programs, including a master’s degree and graduate level certificate can be viewed here.

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