The Citadel



The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, is a state-supported comprehensive college located in Charleston. Founded in 1842, it is one of the six senior military colleges in the United States. The day program consists of military cadets pursuing bachelor's degrees. The evening program includes an undergraduate and postgraduate program. The Citadel is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Civil Engineering Program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Initiatives

  • Identify an engineering calculation tool to teach students principles of programming
  • Provide a tool to help students avoid common math errors, while reinforcing strong concept learning
  • Create a broad-based education for civil engineering students so that they're versatile in their careers

Solution

  • PTC Mathcad includes easy-to-use programming tools so users can write multi-step functions directly on worksheets
  • PTC Mathcad manages units and algebra so "dumbthumbing" doesn't set students back

Results

  • Students focus on solving problems rather than execution of steps
  • 50% time savings using PTC Mathcad and reduced error rate
  • Students find PTC Mathcad easy to use and can document the steps taken to arrive at an answer
  • Students are prepared for whatever programming principles they need for industry or graduate school