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Institutional Assessments

Fitchburg State University Assessment: Assess, Learn, Improve: Student Success

Institutional Assessment Data

The university differentiates between institutional level data and departmental level data. Institutional level data refers to data and findings from initiatives that do not identify or focus on individual academic units. These include the Graduate Student Survey, Alumni Survey, and National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

  • Proposed Institutional Learning Priorities
  • Annual Indirect Assessment Measures
  • Graduating Student Feedback
  • NSSE

PROPOSED 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 Liberal Arts and Sciences 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

Alumni Feedback

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.

First-Year Alumni Feedback (2017-18 Graduates)
First-Year Alumni Feedback (2016-17 Graduates)
Third-Year Alumni Feedback (2015-16 Graduates)
Third-Year Alumni Feedback (2014-15 Graduates)
Fifth-Year Alumni Feedback (2013-14 Graduates)
Fifth-Year Alumni Feedback (2012-13 Graduates)

Graduating Student Feedback

All Students:

Graduating Student Feedback 2018-19 AY
Graduating Student Feedback Spring 2018
Previous Graduating Student Survey 2017-18
Previous Graduating Student Survey 2016-17
Previous Graduating Student Survey 2015-16
Previous Graduating Student Survey 2014-15

Undergraduate Students Only:

Graduating Undergraduate Student Feedback 2018-19 AY
Graduating Undergraduate Student Feedback Spring 2018
Previous Graduating Undergraduate Student Survey 2017-18
Previous Graduating Undergraduate Student Survey 2016-17
Previous Graduating Undergraduate Student Survey 2015-16
Previous Graduating Undergraduate Student Survey 2014-15

Graduate Students Only:

Graduating Graduate Student Feedback 2018-19 AY
Graduating Graduate Student Feedback Spring 2018
Previous Graduating Graduate Student Survey 2017-18
Previous Graduating Graduate Student Survey 2016-17
Previous Graduating Graduate Student Survey 2015-16
Previous Graduating Graduate Student Survey 2014-15
 

 

NSSE

Fitchburg State University administers the NSSE instrument to our first year students and seniors every other Spring semester. A snapshot of the results are below. 

Here are two quick snapshots with the larger report links directly below them.
NSSE 2017 Snapshot

NSSE 17 Multi-Year Report (PDF)

NSSE 2017 Engagement Indicators

NSSE 17 Engagement Indicators (PDF)
NSSE 17 Comparison of Majors (PDF)

Campus Climate Survey