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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
Collaborations
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.

Collaborations

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

12.5%

Minority Enrollment

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


Fall 2007 Community College Transfer Students

196

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

7.4%

% 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

73.2%

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

Cohort
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)

45%

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

Cohort
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

1,156

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

99%

Number of Students Passing MTEL

159

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

5.7%

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

Primary Reserve Ratio

Primary Reserve Ratio

Compliance

No materials weaknesses based on annual external independent audit: