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Fitchburg State College

Fitchburg State College (FSC) is a comprehensive public college committed to providing affordable, life-long learning opportunities in undergraduate, graduate and continuing education. The College emphasizes the importance of leadership studies, service learning, civic responsibility, ethical development, and international education.

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

Program of Distinction

Fitchburg State College is proud to announce that, in July 2008, its undergraduate Computer Science and Computer Information Systems programs were accredited by ABET, Inc., the internationally recognized accrediting agency for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. National accreditation assures quality of academic programs by identifying standards to which all programs are held. Fitchburg State joins Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Tufts University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Wentworth Institute of Technology, UMass Amherst, UMass Dartmouth, Salem State College, and Westfield State College as an accredited four-year institution in Massachusetts.


Section I: Access to Public Higher Education in Massachusetts

Access Indicators

Fall 2007 Enrollment
Undergraduate Headcount 3,835
Undergraduate FTE 3,297
Graduate Headcount 2,857
Graduate FTE 1,003

Fall Enrollment

Over the last three years, fall headcount enrollment has increased 25.3%.

Over the last three years, fall full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment has increased 15.4%.

Annual 2007–2008 Enrollment
Undergraduate Headcount 4,466
Undergraduate FTE 3,375
Graduate Headcount 7,249
Graduate FTE 1,785

Annual Enrollment

Over the last three years, annual headcount enrollment has decreased 6.5%.

Over the last three years, annual FTE enrollment has increased 2.6%.

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

Comparable to the Central Region's minority representation of 9.0%.

Fall 2007 Community College Transfer Students


Community College Transfer Students

Over the last three years, the number of community college transfer students has remained relatively stable.

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
Fitchburg State College Tuition and Fees $4,186 $4,588 $5,002 $5,542 $5,992
State Median Family Income $67,527 $68,701 $71,655 $74,463 $78,497
"X" as a Percent of State Median Family Income
X = Fitchburg State College Tuition and Fees 6.2% 6.7% 7.0% 7.4% 7.6%
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% and the national rate of 73.6% but above 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
Fitchburg State College Rate 74.2% 77.0% 77.6% 74.6% 74.8%
Peer Rate 70.4% 69.3% 69.8% 68.1%
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

Above the segmental rate of 47.3% and the institutional peer rate of 40.3%.

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
Fitchburg State College Rate 47.1% 54.8% 51.6% 47.4% 51.3%
Peer Rate 35.1% 40.9% 39.9% 40.2% 40.3%
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: 1,111

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

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) $21,765,206
Total Operating Expenses (TOE) $67,425,180
Primary Reserve Ratio (UR/TOE) 32.3%

Primary Reserve Ratio

Primary Reserve Ratio


No materials weaknesses based on annual external independent audit: