Institutional Data

Our office is responsible for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of institutional information.

Common Data Set

Common Data set provides information that can assist you in transitioning into higher education.

In order to ensure a means of useful comparison between various colleges and universities, the Common Data Set requires that each institution measure their data in the same way.

Institutional Factbook

The Institutional Factbook provides a data resource to internal and external audiences.

Graduation Rate: The Student Achievement Measure

More of today's students are likely to complete their degrees at institutions other than the one at which they began as freshmen. Student Achievement Measure (SAM), enables universities to track and make a more complete picture of student progress and graduation rates than ever before.

We play an important role in the graduation of students who go on to complete their degrees at other institutions. SAM reflects our role in students’ successful completion of degrees at other colleges and universities.

Campus Climate Survey Fall 2020

The university conducted a Campus Climate Survey in late fall of 2020, administering the same instrument as in the spring of 2018, with the addition of three new questions. The initial instrument was designed by Bridgewater State University and shared in conjunction with the Leading for Change multistate consortium.

Respondents

When compared to 2018, there was an increase in the number respondents, particularly with respect to students. This may be indicative of an increased interest in and/or awareness of campus climate.

Number of respondents:

 

2018

2020

Students

258

669

Faculty/Librarians

103

136

Staff/Administrators

143

203


The racial and ethnic diversity of student and staff/administrator respondents increased while that of faculty/librarians decreased.

Percentage of respondents racially or ethnically diverse:

 

2018

2020

Students

22.1%

26.5%

Faculty/Librarians

15.7%

10.6%

Staff/Administrators

5.4%

11.5%


The student respondent population was 66% female and 71% undergraduate. The following is a sampling of other populations that were represented in the student population.

Percentage of student respondents that identified as diverse based upon:
 

 

2018

2020

Sexual Identity

10.4%

16.8%

Gender

4.9%

5.0%

Living w/ Disability

27.1%

32.5%

Contextual Note

It is important to note that the survey was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, nine months into remote learning, teaching and working. Additionally, it was a time of broad debate and national demonstrations on racial justice.

Results and Analysis

A group of five campus representatives, some from the Leading for Change Committee, was formed in February 2021 to begin reviewing the results of the survey. A number of comparative reports were created as a means to present the data to the larger campus community. In addition, a few emerging themes were identified during this initial phase of review:

  • Welcoming Environment: Although racially/ethnically diverse students reported a greater sense of belonging and a more welcoming environment when compared to 2018, they still report a lesser sense of belonging and a less welcoming environment when compared to non-diverse students.
  • Diverse Relationships: When compared to 2018, students overall reported more positive experiences related to culturally and socially diverse experiences both in and outside of the classroom, with the most significant gains being reported by racially/ethnically diverse students.
  • Inclusive Delivery: When compared to 2018, racially/ethnically diverse students reported significantly more positive experiences regarding culturally inclusive experiences both in and outside of the classroom. 

Differences in student experience were evident when comparing residential status (i.e. commuter vs. resident), level (i.e. graduate vs. undergraduate), initial enrollment status (i.e. freshman vs. transfer) and gender identity, all of which merit further analysis. (See below for comparative reports).

The data will continue to be reviewed over the summer of 2021 with further reports and analyses to be released in the fall of 2021.

The survey results have been shared with a number of academic departments and the NECHE 2022 Steering Committee. Requests for data beyond what is presented below may be made to irp@fitchburgstate.edu.

The following reports represent samples of the data and show the percentages of respondents that strongly agreed/agreed with the statements in the 2020 Campus Climate survey.

Overall Results:

            2020_Students_Faculty_Staff_Comparison

Student Results:

            2020_2018_Comparison

            2020_Racial_Identity_Comparison

            2020_Female_Male_Comparison

            2020_Commuter_Resident_Comparison

            2020_Freshman_Transfer_Comparison

            2020_Undergraduate_Graduate_Comparison

Faculty/Librarian Results:

            2020_2018_Comparison

Staff/Administrator Results:

            2020_2018_Comparison