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Framingham State University

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Framingham State University
Motto Discover. Achieve. Succeed.
Established 1839
Type Public
President Timothy J. Flanagan
Dean Melinda K. Stoops
Admin. staff 167 full-time, 86 part-time
Students 5,903
Undergraduates 3,828
Postgraduates 2,075
Location Framingham, MA, USA
42°17′52″N 71°26′12″W / 42.297742°N 71.436598°W / 42.297742; -71.436598Coordinates: 42°17′52″N 71°26′12″W / 42.297742°N 71.436598°W / 42.297742; -71.436598
Campus Suburban, 73 acres (0.3 km²)
Colors Black and Gold
Mascot Ram
Affiliations NCAA Division III, New England Football Conference
Website http://www.framingham.edu
May Hall, 19th century architectural rendering

Framingham State University (FSU) is located in Framingham, Massachusetts, 20 miles (32 km) from Boston. It offers undergraduate programs in a range of subjects from Art to Biology to Communication Arts, and graduate programs including MBA, MEd, and MSc. The school also has undergraduate degree evening programs along with online courses.


[edit] History

Cyrus Peirce, first president

As the first secretary of the newly created Board of Education in Massachusetts, Horace Mann instituted sweeping school reforms. A centerpiece of these changes was the creation of an experimental normal school, the first one in the United States, in Lexington, with Cyrus Peirce as its first principal or president.[1] A companion was opened the next year in Bridgewater. Growth forced the normal school's relocation to West Newton in 1843, followed a decade later by a move to the present site on Bare Hill in Framingham.

In 1922, the Framingham Normal School granted its first Bachelor of Science in Education degrees in conjunction with a four-year study program. Ten years afterward, with degreed teachers becoming the norm, the normal schools were renamed State Teachers Colleges. This was changed again in 1960 to the State College at Framingham when Bachelor of Arts degrees were added. At present, Masters' of Education, Arts, and Science degrees are granted as well. In 2007 the college began offering the Master's of Business education degree. In July 2010, the State Legislature granted several state colleges the choice to become state universities, unaffiliated with the University of Massachusetts system. Framingham State College was one of the colleges that chose university status and changed its name to Framingham State University.[2] The measure was signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on July 28, 2010.[3][4]

[edit] Timeline of name changes

The school has had several names in the past:[1]

[edit] Campus

The 73-acre campus is located in Framingham, Massachusetts.[5] Six newly-renovated University residence halls house over 1,500 students.[6]

The Henry Whittemore Library has over 200,000 volumes wifi, and access to over 70,000 electronic journals.[7]

[edit] Sustainability

In 2007, the school signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. That year, Executive Order No. 484 also required reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption for all state agencies and institutions. It madates greenhouse gas emission reductions of 80% by the year 2050. In 2010, the school adopted a plan to convert its heating plant to natural gas and to convert its central chilled water plant to electric chillers.[8]

For the second year in a row, Framingham State University was named a "Green College" by the Princeton Review in a 2011 publication. FSU was one of 22 schools in Massachusetts to receive the distinction, and one of 311 nationwide.[9]

[edit] Organization

FSU is led by an eleven member Board of Trustes. The governor appoints nine trustees to five-year terms, renewable once. The SSU Alumni Association elects one for a single five-year term. Finally, the student body elects one student trustee for a one year term. In addition to five full board meetings each year, which are open to the public, the board also meets in standing committees.[10]

The University’s annual budget is $105 million, and has 775 full and part-time employees.[11]

[edit] Academics

FSU has offered online courses since 1998.[5]

[edit] Undergraduate Majors

  • Art History
  • Art Studio
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Business and Information Technology
  • Chemistry
  • Communications Arts
  • Computer Science
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Fashion Design and Retailing
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Food Sciences
  • Geography
  • Health and Consumer Sciences
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary (Coordinate Education Major)
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Nursing
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

[edit] Undergraduate Minors

  • American Studies
  • Apparel Design
  • Art History
  • Art Studio
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Arts
  • Computer Science
  • Consumer and Community Services
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Food Science
  • French
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Journalism
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law and Politics
  • Mathematics
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Nutrition
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Professional Writing
  • Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Writing

[edit] Graduate Majors

[edit] Undergraduate Degree Evening Program

[edit] Post Baccalaureate Programs

[edit] Certificate Programs

[edit] Undergraduate

[edit] Graduate

[edit] Rankings

As of 2010, stateuniversity.com gave Framingham State an overall score of 81.59%, making it the 744th best college in the nation, and 39th best in Massachusetts.[12]

[edit] Student Life

FSU has an Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development.[13]

[edit] Athletics

All Framingham State University teams compete at the NCAA Division III level. All teams compete in the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC). Men's programs include baseball, cross country, football, basketball, ice hockey, and soccer. Women's programs include cross country, lacrosse, softball, basketball, field hockey, soccer, and volleyball. All teams compete on campus, except for the baseball and softball teams who play on fields off campus, as well as the ice hockey team who skates at the Loring Arena in Framingham. FSU also offers a wide variety of intramural programs that include everything from badminton, to golf, to dodgeball. There is also a state-of-the-art athletic and recreation center that includes basketball courts, a volleyball court, and a weight room.[14]

In 2007, the women's soccer team was awarded the prestigious NCAA Sportsmanship Award.[15]

[edit] Notable Alumni

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ a b Framingham State College - 150 Years in Framingham
  2. ^ Bill Details - H4864
  3. ^ Public Relations - News
  4. ^ Salem State University: University Designation
  5. ^ a b "Framingham State University". US News. http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/framingham-ma/framingham-state-2185. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  6. ^ "Office of the President". http://www.framingham.edu/presidents-office/index.html. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  7. ^ "Library". Framingham State University. http://www.framingham.edu/henry-whittemore-library/index.html. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  8. ^ "2010 Climate Action Plan". Framingham State University. http://www.framingham.edu/presidents-office/documents/ClimateActionPlan2010.pdf. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  9. ^ "Framingham State named ‘Green College’ by Princeton Review Read more: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x401818403/Framingham-State-named-Green-College-by-Princeton-Review#ixzz1LDLcJ0ps". Metro West daily News. http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x401818403/Framingham-State-named-Green-College-by-Princeton-Review. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Board of Trustees". http://www.framingham.edu/presidents-office/board-of-trustees/index.html. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  11. ^ "About the President". http://www.framingham.edu/presidents-office/about-the-president/index.html. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  12. ^ "2000 Ranked Schools Overall". http://www.stateuniversity.com/rank/score_rank/8#744. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  13. ^ "About SILD". Framingham State University. http://www.framingham.edu/student-involvement-and-leadership-development/about-sild/index.html. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  14. ^ http://www.fscrams.com/landing/index
  15. ^ MASCAC : Framingham State Women's Soccer Honored By NCAA

[edit] External links

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