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Institutional Assessments

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

University Assessment and Research Committee (UARC)

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

2019-2020 Members

Soumitra Basu - Industrial Technology
Eric Budd - Economics, History and Political Science
Teresa Finn - Nursing
Randy Howe – Communications Media
Cate Kaluzny - Assessment
Lindsay Laamann - Exercise and Sports Science
Pamela McCafferty - Institutional Research and Planning
Jessica Robey - Humanities
Robert Shapiro - Education
Connie Strittmatter - Library
Eric Williams - Biology/Chemistry
Keith Williamson - Business & Technology
Sara Wright - Math

Meeting Dates

April 27, 2020 - Agenda
March 23, 2020 - Cancelled
February 24, 2020 - Agenda 
January 27, 2020 - Agenda
December 5, 2019 - Agenda
April 22, 2019 - Agenda 

Institutional Assessments

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



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)

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.

Massachusetts Written Communication Distribution Multi-State Collaborative 2016-17

Campus Climate Survey