Framingham State University
|The Normal School in Lexington|
The Normal School in West Newton
The State Normal School in West Newton
The State Normal School in Framingham
The Framingham Normal School
The Framingham State Normal School
State Teachers College at Framingham
Framingham State Teachers College
State College at Framingham
Framingham State College
Framingham State University
|Motto||Live to the Truth|
|President||F. Javier Cevallos|
|Provost||Ellen Zimmerman (interim)|
|301 (189 full-time, 112 part-time) |
|347 (334 faculty, 89% with terminal degrees) |
|Students||4,876 (Fall 2020)|
|Undergraduates||3,520 (Fall 2020)|
|Postgraduates||1,356 (Fall 2020)|
|Campus||Suburban, 143 acres (58 ha)|
|Colors||Gold and black|
|NCAA Division III, Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, Little East Conference|
|Mascot||Sam the Ram|
|U.S. News & World Report||#103 (tied in North)|
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 1839. Cyrus Peirce was its first principal or president. A second normal school was opened in September 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 became state universities, unaffiliated with the University of Massachusetts system. The measure was signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on July 28, 2010.
Timeline of name changesEdit
The school has had several names in the past:
- 1839 opened as 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 (FSC)
- 2010 became Framingham State University (FSU)
The 73-acre (30 ha) campus is located in Framingham, Massachusetts. Seven residence halls house over 1,500 students. The Henry Whittemore Library has over 200,000 volumes, Wi-Fi, access to over 70,000 electronic journals, and includes Archives and Special Collections. Framingham State University is located on the 282 foot (86 meter) high Bare Hill (also known as Normal Hill) and provides views of Boston, Massachusetts 20 miles (32 kilometers) away.
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.
Framingham State University was named a "Green College" by the Princeton Review in 2010 and 2011. It was one of 22 schools in Massachusetts to receive the distinction, and one of 311 nationwide. It was named to the list again in 2013.
Framingham State University is led by an eleven-member Board of Trustees. The governor appoints nine trustees to five-year terms, renewable once. The Framingham State University Alumni Association elects one trustee 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.
The university's annual budget is $105 million, and the school has 775 full and part-time employees. Framingham State University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.
Framingham State University has an Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development and a Center for Inclusive Excellence. It has a relatively small campus which sits on roughly 77 acres (31 ha). Framingham State University also owns and operates a radio station WDJM-FM on 91.3 FM.
- Men: 42% (1,495 students)
- Women: 58% (2,025 students)
- Commuters: 76% (2,321 students)
- Residents: 24% (721 students)
- Full-Time: 87% (3,056 students)
- Part-Time: 13% (464 students)
Framingham State University fields 14 varsity athletic teams (6 men's 8 women's) competing at the NCAA Division III level.
- Anna Brackett, nineteenth century philosopher, educator
- Olivia A. Davidson, co-founder of Tuskegee Institute and wife of Booker T. Washington
- Jennie Howard, member of a pioneering group of educators who founded normal schools in Argentina
- Paul J. LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University; former President of Marlboro College
- Christa McAuliffe (Class of 1970), astronaut, part of teacher in space died in Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Center and memorial on campus in McAuliffe's honor.
- Brian J. Moran, Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia
- Rebecca Pennell, first woman college professor in the United States, and niece of Horace Mann
- Charlotte Champe Stearns, mother of T. S. Eliot.
- Richard Thompson, Member of the Maine House of Representatives
- Ruth Graves Wakefield, inventor of the chocolate chip cookie
- Electa Nobles Lincoln Walton (1824-1908), educator, lecturer, writer, and suffragist
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