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NEASC Interim Fifth Year Report

General Information

As part of the NEASC accreditation process, institutions are required to submit Interim Fifth Year Reports. These reports allow institutions to reflect on progress since their last comprehensive review which was 2012 for Fitchburg State. Fitchburg State’s Fifth Year Report is due in January 2017.

To facilitate the work to prepare this report, a 14 member committee was formed in January 2016. This page contains information relevant to the work to prepare this report. Questions and/or comments related to this work and the draft report may be sent to

NEASC Interim Fifth Year Report Committee

Soumitra Basu, Assistant Professor, Industrial Technology
Jennifer Berg, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Cathy Canney, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Chris Cratsley, Director of Assessment
Christine Dee, Associate Professor, History
Sean Goodlett, Interim Dean of the Library and Student Support Centers
Aruna Krishnamurthy, Associate Professor, English Studies
Nadimpalli Mahadev, Professor, Computer Science
Pamela McCafferty, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Research and Planning
Mary Beth McKenzie, Assistant Vice President of Finance and Administration
Ben Railton, Associate Professor, English Studies
Renee Scapparone, Assistant Professor, Business Administration
Kisha Tracy, Professor, English Studies
Paul Weizer, Professor, Political Science
Anthony Wilcox, Director for Institutional Effectiveness & Research

NEASC Interim Fifth Year Report

NEASC Interim Fifth Year Report (PDF)
Letter from President Lapidus (PDF)

NEASC Interim Fifth-Year Report Timeline (PDF)

December 2015
  • Review process plan and timelines with President
  • Review process plan and timelines with NEASC
  • Faculty union call for committee volunteers
  • Final draft of revised standards released
January 2016
  • Commission adopts the Standards
January 19th, 2016
  • Development Day: Discussion of Submission of 5 Year Report - Tala Khudairi, Vice-President of the Commission will speak
End of January 2016
  • Convene full team and begin work
May 23rd, 2016
  • Development Day; Update
Summer 2016
  • Committee works to prepare final draft
Fall 2016
  • New Standards Implemented
September 2016
  • Submit to AUC and Graduate Council for notification/comment
September 2016
  • Share draft with campus
October 2016
  • Share draft with NEASC for input
January 2017
  • Final report submitted to NEASC

Open Forums

Tuesday, September 27th, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Presidents' Hall

Thursday, September 29th, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Presidents' Hall

Resources and links