Framingham State University

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Framingham State University
FraminghamUniversityLogo.png
Motto Live to the Truth
Established 1839
Type Public
President Robert Martin (Interim)
Dean Melinda K. Stoops
Admin. staff 167 full-time, 86 part-time
Students 6,429
Undergraduates 4,584
Postgraduates 1,845
Location Framingham, Massachusetts, USA
42°17′52″N 71°26′12″W / 42.297742°N 71.436598°W / 42.297742; -71.436598Coordinates: 42°17′52″N 71°26′12″W / 42.297742°N 71.436598°W / 42.297742; -71.436598
Campus Suburban, 73 acres (0.3 km²)
Colors Black and Gold
Mascot Ram
Affiliations NCAA Division III, New England Football Conference
Website http://www.framingham.edu

Framingham State University (FSU) is located in Framingham, Massachusetts, United States, 20 miles from Boston. It offers undergraduate programs in a range of subjects, including Art, Biology, and Communication Arts, and graduate programs, including MBA, MEd, and MS.

History[edit]

Cyrus Peirce, first president

As the first secretary of the newly created Board of Education in Massachusetts, Horace Mann instituted school reforms that included the creation of an experimental normal school, the first one in the United States, in Lexington, in July of 1839. Cyrus Peirce was its first principal or president.[1] A second normal school was opened in September of 1839 in West Barre (the school later moved to Westfield) followed by Bridgewater State College the next year. Growth forced the first normal school's relocation to West Newton in 1843, followed in 1853 by a move to the present site on Bare Hill in Framingham.

In 1922, the Framingham Normal School granted its first Bachelor of Science in Education degrees in conjunction with a four-year study program. Ten years later, with degreed teachers becoming the norm, the normal schools were renamed State Teachers Colleges. The name was changed in 1960 to the State College at Framingham when Bachelor of Arts degrees were added. At present, Masters' of Education, Arts, and Science degrees are granted as well. In 2007, the college began offering the Master's of Business Administration (MBA) degree. In October 2010, seven of the state colleges become state universities, unaffiliated with the University of Massachusetts system. [2] The measure was signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on July 28, 2010.[3][4]

Timeline of name changes[edit]

The school has had several names in the past:[1]

  • 1839 opened as the The Normal School in Lexington
  • 1844 designated The Normal School in West Newton
  • 1845 designated The State Normal School in West Newton
  • 1853 designated The State Normal School in Framingham
  • 1865 designated The Framingham Normal School
  • 1889 designated The Framingham State Normal School
  • 1932 became State Teachers College at Framingham
  • 1945 became Framingham State Teachers College
  • 1960 became State College at Framingham
  • 1965 became Framingham State College
  • 2010 became Framingham State University

Campus[edit]

May Hall, 19th century architectural rendering

The 73-acre campus is located in Framingham, Massachusetts.[5] Six residence halls house over 1,500 students.[6] The Henry Whittemore Library has over 200,000 volumes, wifi, and access to over 70,000 electronic journals.[7]

Sustainability[edit]

In 2007, the school signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. That year, Massachusetts issued Executive Order No. 484, which mandated reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption for all state agencies and institutions. Greenhouse gases must be reduced 80% by 2050. In 2010, the school adopted a plan to convert its heating plant to natural gas and to convert its central chilled water plant to electric chillers.[8]

Framingham State University was named a "Green College" by the Princeton Review in 2010 and 2011. FSU was one of 22 schools in Massachusetts to receive the distinction, and one of 311 nationwide.[9] It was named to the list again in 2013.[10]

Organization[edit]

FSU is led by an eleven member Board of Trustees. The governor appoints nine trustees to five-year terms, renewable once. The SSU Alumni Association elects one for a single five-year term. Finally, the student body elects one student trustee for a one year term. In addition to five full board meetings each year, which are open to the public, the board also meets in standing committees.[11]

The University’s annual budget is $105 million, and the school has 775 full and part-time employees.[12]

Academics[edit]

FSU has offered online courses since 1998.[5]

Undergraduate programs[edit]

  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Art History
  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Art Studio
  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Communications Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Criminology
  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in English
  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Geography
  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in History
  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Interdisciplinary Studies (Coordinate Education Major)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Modern Languages
  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Politics
  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Science, Major in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science, Major in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science, Major in Business and Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science, Major in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science, Major in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science, Major in Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Science, Major in Fashion Design and Retailing
  • Bachelor of Science, Major in Food and Nutrition
  • Bachelor of Science, Major in Food Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science, Major in Health and Consumer Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science, Major in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science, Major in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Major in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Major in Elementary Education

Undergraduate minors[edit]

  • American Studies
  • Apparel Design
  • Art History
  • Art Studio
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Communication Arts
  • Computer Science
  • Consumer and Community Services
  • Diversity Studies
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Food Science
  • French
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Journalism
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law and Politics
  • Mathematics
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Nutrition
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Professional Writing
  • Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Theatre
  • Writing

Graduate programs[edit]

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Arts (MA), concentration in Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Arts (MA), concentration in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Arts (MA), concentration in Health Care Administration
  • Master of Arts (MA), concentratino in Human Resource Management
  • Master of Arts (MA), concentration in Public Administration
  • Master of Education (MEd), concentration in Art
  • Master of Education (MEd), concentration in Curriculum & Instructional Technology
  • Master of Education (MEd), concentration in Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Education (MEd), concentration in Elementary Education
  • Master of Education (MEd), concentration in English
  • Master of Education (MEd), concentration in History
  • Master of Education (MEd), concentration in Literacy and Language
  • Master of Education (MEd), concentration in Mathematics
  • Master of Education (MEd), concentration in Nutrition Education
  • Master of Education (MEd), concentration in Spanish
  • Master of Education (MEd), concentration in Special Education
  • Master of Education (MEd), concentration in The Teaching of ESL
  • Master of Science (MS), concentration in Food and Nutrition, specialization in Coordinated Program in Dietetics
  • Master of Science (MS), concentration in Food and Nutrition, specialization in Food Science and Nutrition Science
  • Master of Science (MS), concentration in Food and Nutrition, specialization in Human Nutrition: Education and Media Technologies
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), concentration in Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), concentration in Nursing Leadership

Post baccalaureate programs[edit]

  • Teacher Licensure Program (PBTL)

Certificate programs[edit]

Undergraduate[edit]

  • Computer Programming Languages
  • Information Technology Fluency
  • Network and System Administration and Management
  • Software Engineering

Post baccalaureate[edit]

  • Pre-Health Studies Certificate Program

Graduate[edit]

  • Children's Literature
  • Human Resource Management
  • Instructional Technology Proficiency
  • Merchandising
  • Nursing Education
  • Nutrition Education
  • STEM Education
  • Sustainable Development and Policy

Student life[edit]

FSU has an Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development.[13]

Clubs[edit]

Through work with the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development and the Student Government Association, students have formed many clubs and organizations, both recreational and academic in nature. Clubs on campus include the Gaming Club, the Anime Club, the Wildlife Club, the Black Student Union, the Catholic Newman Association, 91.3 FM WDJM Framingham State University Radio,[14] History Club and many others.

Clubs can be created by groups of students with interest in an area that has not yet been explored by another club. For example, the Gaming Club was created due to a lack of social structure for gamers. Since the founding, it has grown to be a very popular and successful club, rivaling some of the older recreational groups on campus.

The campus is fairly small with a very small population of students and therefore many existing clubs have branched to include many different topics and fields of study.

Controversies[edit]

Framingham State has been at the center of some civil liberties controversies as a school. The school has held discussions about bans on perfume and tobacco products. [15]

Athletics[edit]

All Framingham State University teams compete at the NCAA Division III level. All teams compete in the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC). Men's programs include baseball, cross country, football, basketball, ice hockey, and soccer. Women's programs include cross country, lacrosse, softball, basketball, field hockey, soccer, and volleyball. All teams compete on campus, except for the baseball and softball teams who play on fields off-campus, as well as the ice hockey team who skates at the Loring Arena in Framingham. FSU also offers a wide variety of intramural programs that include everything from badminton, to golf, to dodgeball. There is also a state-of-the-art athletic and recreation center that includes basketball courts, a volleyball court, and a weight room.[16]

In 2007, the women's soccer team was awarded the highly not prestigious NCAA Sportsmanship Award.[17]

The Framingham State football program has seen several successful seasons in recent years. The Rams have won the MASCAC regular season championship four straight years (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).[18] In 2011, 2012, and 2013 the team also took the title as NEFC Bogan Division Champions, and outright NEFC Champions in 2012. In 2010, the program won its first ECAC Northeast Bowl. The Rams participated in the 2013 NCAA Division III Football Championships, losing to SUNY Cortland in the first-round.[19]

Notable alumni[edit]

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