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Framingham State College

Framingham State College (FSC) was founded by Horace Mann in 1839 as the first state-supported school in the United States for the education of teachers. The College integrates liberal arts and science programs with a variety of professional programs at the baccalaureate and master's levels. Framingham is committed to offering programs infusing technology throughout the curriculum.

Program of Distinction
Access Indicators
Affordability Indicators
Student Success and Academic Quality Indicators
Fiscal Effectiveness and Efficiency Indicators

Program of Distinction

In September 2007, Framingham State College (FSC) and the United Way of Tri-County (UWTC) announced a partnership designed to promote service learning and community engagement at the College. The partnership has resulted in a number of service collaborations involving the UWTC client agencies and has especially enhanced the College's first-year experience. To date, over 400 first-year students have participated in community-based initiatives. The annual "Day for Kids," held in downtown Framingham each September, brings FSC students, faculty and staff into direct contact with some of the host community's most deserving young people, creating a fun and safe environment that helps to lower cultural, psychological, and social barriers to college attainment. The UWTC's volunteer opportunity database allows students, faculty and staff to find worthy service projects in Framingham and surrounding towns. The partnership was instrumental in the College's successful application for a VISTA assignment, allowing the establishment and staffing of an Office of Community Engagement, which will be jointly supported in the future by both the College and the United Way.


  • In 2008, FSC and Framingham High School became one of five early outreach partnerships between colleges and public schools, an effort supported through a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to Tufts University and the Massachusetts Campus Compact. The program is primarily designed to serve academically disadvantaged youth. A full-time advisor from the College Advising Corps works with guidance counselors from the high school and admissions representatives from the College to help illuminate the path to post-secondary attainment. Currently, the program serves 51 Framingham High School Students, all of whom participate in post-secondary planning activities. The students take college essay workshops, develop academic skills, attend a "college day" designed especially for them, and learn about financial aid from MEFA representatives. While the College's relationship with Framingham High School has always been strong, this partnership expands on this relationship and provides focused attention for some of the high school's most deserving students.
  • FSC's "College Tomorrow" initiative is a free college-readiness summer program that serves rising juniors and seniors from high schools in the surrounding region. Students are chosen for the program based on their ability to benefit from an intensive pre-college experience that challenges them to rise to college-level expectations both inside and outside of the classroom. As participants in the program, run through the College's Center for Academic Support and Advising, students "enroll" in writing, math and public speaking courses taught by members of the College's faculty in order to sharpen academic skills. Participants also learn how to conduct a college search process that is matched with their interests and aspirations, and to understand and develop college-funding options. Now in its sixth year, the program has served over 120 high school students from a number of school districts in the MetroWest area of the state.
  • FSC has developed a common articulation agreement for its Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies for graduates of Middlesex Community College, Mount Wachusett Community College and Northern Essex Community College. This program allows students who have earned an Associate's degree from one of these three community colleges to complete bachelor's degree requirements in the Liberal Studies program entirely on-line, allowing maximum flexibility for students who are returning to college and are balancing work and family obligations while pursuing a four-year degree. The program is offered through the College's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education.
  • FSC's Department of Consumer Sciences is the recipient of a grant from the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation to provide training and technical assistance to the 24 client-grantees of the Foundation's Childhood Obesity Initiative. Now in its third year, the grant provides $100,000 per year to the College to assist with many different programs, including after-school initiatives in public schools and YMCAs throughout MetroWest. The department's nutrition staff and faculty work with each program to support its specific needs, ranging from nutrition curriculum development to messaging that targets students and families. Additionally, the project allows students in FSC's Didactic Program in Dietetics to develop program and education skills by teaching in Framingham Schools. These students also prepare "MetroWest Healthy Family Table," a monthly column for the MetroWest Daily News. College faculty and staff also write and distribute The MetroWest Wellness Way, a quarterly newsletter for families.

Section I: Access to Public Higher Education in Massachusetts

Access Indicators

Fall 2007 Enrollment
Undergraduate Headcount 3,828
Undergraduate FTE 3,432
Graduate Headcount 2,075
Graduate FTE 757

Fall Enrollment

Over the last three years, fall headcount enrollment has remained relatively stable.

Over the last three years, fall full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment has remained relatively stable.

Annual 2007–2008 Enrollment
Undergraduate Headcount 4,906
Undergraduate FTE 3,630
Graduate Headcount 5,600
Graduate FTE 1,433

Annual Enrollment

Over the last three years, annual headcount enrollment has remained relatively stable.

Over the last three years, annual FTE enrollment has remained relatively stable.

Looking Back: Undergraduate and Graduate Fall Headcount Enrollment

Undergraduate and Graduate Fall Headcount Enrollment from 2003/04 to 2007/08

Fall 2007 Minority Enrollment


Minority Enrollment

Lower than the Greater Boston Region's minority representation of 17.9%.

Fall 2007 Community College Transfer Students


Community College Transfer Students

Over the last three years, the number of community college transfer students has increased 45.2%.

Section II: Affordability of Massachusetts Community Colleges

Affordability Indicator

2007–2008 Tuition and Fees as a Percent of Median Family Income


% of Median Family Income

Below the Northeast regional average of 9.1%.

Looking Back: Tuition and Fees as a Percent of Median Family Income

FY2004 FY2005 FY2006 FY2007 FY2008
Framingham State College Tuition and Fees $4,324 $4,654 $4,999 $5,450 $5,798
State Median Family Income $67,527 $68,701 $71,655 $74,463 $78,497
"X" as a Percent of State Median Family Income
X = Framingham State College Tuition and Fees 6.4% 6.8% 7.0% 7.3% 7.4%
X = Massachusetts State Colleges' Average Tuition and Fees 6.7% 7.3% 7.5% 7.8% 7.7%
X = Northeast Average Tuition and Fees 9.2% 9.3% 9.3% 9.1%

Section III: Student Success and Academic Quality

Success and Quality Indicators

Fall 2006 Cohort First-Year Retention Rate


Fall Cohort First-Year Persistence

Comparable to the segmental rate of 74.4%, the national rate of 73.6%, and the institutional peer retention rate of 68.1%.

Looking Back: Fall-to-Fall Retention Rate

Entering 2002 Entering 2003 Entering 2004 Entering 2005 Entering 2006
Framingham State College Rate 72.4% 71.8% 75.1% 72.0% 73.2%
Peer Rate 73.3% 74.5% 73.8% 72.9%
Massachusetts State Colleges Segment Rate 74.6% 75.2% 76.2% 73.5% 74.4%
National Average 74.3% 74.0% 73.7% 73.6%

1999–2001 Cohort Six-Year Graduation Rate (3-Year Average)


Six-Year Graduation Rate

Below the segmental rate of 47.3% but above the institutional peer rate of 36.5%.

Looking Back: Six-Year Graduation Rate

Entering 1998
Grad. by 2004
Entering 1999
Grad. by 2005
Entering 2000
Grad. by 2006
Entering 2001
Grad. by 2007
Rolling Average Entering 1999– 2001
Framingham State College Rate 44.4% 42.0% 50.2% 42.8% 45.0%
Peer Rate 34.5% 35.5% 37.2% 36.8% 36.5%
Massachusetts State Colleges Segment Rate 47.6% 47.2% 48.9% 45.9% 47.3%

Total Degrees Conferred in FY2008


Degrees Conferred

Average degrees conferred per year over the last three years: 1,199

Looking Back: Degrees Conferred

Degrees Conferred From 2004 to 2008

2007 Pass Rate on the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure


Number of Students Passing MTEL


Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure Pass Rate

Above the Board of Higher Education's target pass rate of 80%.

Percent of New Students Who Were Special Admits in Fall 2007


Special Admissions Students

Meets the Board of Higher Education requirement of enrolling less than 10% special admissions students per year. (See Appendix.)

Section IV: Effective and Efficient Use of Resources

Effectiveness and Efficiency Indicators

Effective Projects and Initiatives

  • In response to the DCAM/BHE-sponsored Space Utilization Study completed as part of the comprehensive Framingham State College Capital Master Plan, the Framingham State College Budget and Resource Committee's Effectiveness and Efficiency Sub-Committee developed recommendations for College governance consideration. Over the past year, a number of these recommendations have been implemented including creation of additional course scheduling blocks based on utilization study findings.
  • In response to the recommendations of the College's Climate Action Plan, plans have been developed for conversion of the campus power plant that would result in a reduction of over 2,000 metric tons of CO2 per year, a 30% reduction in emissions; funding is being sought for this project through the potential federal stimulus process.

Resource Allocation

Expenditures per Student—Actual, National Peers, and Budget Formula

Expenditures Per Student

Note: This graphic was revised on May 6, 2009. The previously posted graphic displayed the data inaccurately.

FY2008 Primary Reserve Ratio
Unrestricted Reserves (UR) $13,337,000
Total Operating Expenses (TOE) $67,672,000
Primary Reserve Ratio (UR/TOE) 19.7%

Primary Reserve Ratio

Primary Reserve Ratio


No materials weaknesses based on annual external independent audit:

  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004

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