Institutional Assessments

University Assessment and Research Committee (UARC)

The University has a standing committee in place for assessment purposes. 

2020 - 2021 Members

  • Jessica Alsup - Exercise & Sports Science
  • Elyse Clark - Earth & Geographic Sciences
  • Lena Ficco - Psychological Science
  • Randy Howe - Communications Media
  • Cate Kaluzny - Institutional Research & Planning
  • Laurie Link - Education
  • John Lohmann - Business Administration
  • Pam McCafferty - Institutional Research & Planning
  • Jessica Robey - Humanities
  • Connie Strittmatter - Library
  • Richard Wiebe - Behavioral Sciences
  • Eric Williams - Biology & Chemistry
  • Hong Yu - Engineering Technology

Meeting Dates

Institutional Assessments

Institutional Learning Priorities (ILPs)

What students know, are able to do, and value upon graduation from Fitchburg State University
Through their complete educational experience, Fitchburg State graduates will be creative and critical thinkers who integrate and communicate their learning from a variety of disciplines and experiences in ways that enhance their civic, personal and professional lives.

1. Graduates have a deep understanding of the world

Accomplished through:

1A. Foundational Skills and Disciplinary Breadth
Students will demonstrate attainment of the Learning Outcomes of the General Education program.

1B. Mastery in a Defined Body of Knowledge
Students will attain the specialized academic objectives of their major or programs.

1C. Engagement with Campus and Community Life
Students will develop personal and professional skills, goals, and ethical standards of behavior through co-curricular experiences.

2. Graduates know how to learn and how to apply their knowledge

Accomplished through:

2A. Creative and Critical Thinking
Students will use evidence and context to increase knowledge, reason ethically, assess the quality of information, solve problems, and innovate in imaginative ways.

2B. Effective Communication
Students will carefully consider and clearly articulate ideas for a range of audiences and purposes in written, spoken, technology-mediated, visual, or other forms of communication.

2C. Integrative Learning
Students will apply their breadth and depth of knowledge, skills, and experience to address complex issues.

3. Graduates are engaged citizens who demonstrate integrity and continuous personal growth

Accomplished through:

3A. Respect for People and Cultures
Students will appreciate the contributions and needs of diverse individuals and groups and understand themselves in solidarity with others locally, nationally, and globally.

3B. Civic Participation in Wider Communities
Students will demonstrate their ability to work within and across communities, to apply their knowledge in the service of others, and to promote social justice.

3C. Continuous Learning and Personal Growth
Students will approach the world with confidence and curiosity, appreciate the complex identities of themselves and others, and reflect critically on their experiences throughout life to make informed choices that advance their own well-being and that of the larger community.

​​​​​​​Annual Indirect Assessment Measures

Fitchburg State University launched the First, Third and Fifth Year Alumni surveys in Spring of 2018. This will be an annual endeavor to develop some trends over time.


Fitchburg State University administers the NSSE instrument to our first year students and seniors every other Spring semester.

Direct Assessment Measures

VALUE Institute (Previously the Multi-State Collaborative)

Fitchburg State University has been a member of the Multi-State Collaborative since 2016, which is now part of the VALUE Institute.  The Multi-State Collaborative looked at Critical Thinking, Written Communication and Quantitative Literacy.

During the 2018-19 and 2019-20 Academic Years the University will participate in the VALUE Institute to look at how a sample of our senior level students compare to others in Massachusetts and the nation on Critical Thinking.