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Davis Foundation awards $200,000 to Fitchburg State

Posted 12/16/13

Fitchburg State University students will enjoy a streamlined experience in charting their educational course toward graduation thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation.

The Davis grant, along with investments by the Fitchburg State University Foundation and the university itself, will pay for the purchase and implementation of Ellucian’s Degree Works software.

Degree Works provides a comprehensive set of web-based academic advising, degree audit, and transfer articulation tools to help students and their advisors negotiate institutional curriculum requirements. Robust academic planning tools and real-time counseling capabilities help advisors provide consistent and meaningful direction to students.

The software also makes it easier for students transferring to Fitchburg State to determine how coursework from other institutions can be applied to their new degree requirements.

Transfer articulation support helps staff and students determine how coursework from other institutions is assessed and applied at yours. Students will receive the academic advice they need to succeed and advisors gain new capabilities to help them counsel their students more successfully.

“This new software will provide a powerful tool for Fitchburg State students to make sure they are on track to meeting their educational goals,” Fitchburg State President Robert V. Antonucci said. “That capability will, in turn, allow students to engage in more meaningful discussions with their faculty advisers each semester. We are grateful to the Davis Educational Foundation for underwriting this significant investment toward improving the student experience.”

The cost of the Degree Works purchase and implementation is estimated at $570,000. The Davis Educational Foundation grant of $200,000 will be complemented by $270,000 from the university budget and $100,000 from the Fitchburg State University Foundation.

The Davis Educational Foundation, established as a public charitable foundation in 1985, supports the undergraduate programs of public and private, regionally accredited, baccalaureate degree granting colleges and universities throughout the six New England states. Elisabeth K. Davis and Stanton W. Davis co-founded the foundation after Mr. Davis’ retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc. The foundation is an expression of the couple’s shared support and value for higher education and has provided close to $95 million in grants to more than 157 institutions.

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