Overview of Fitchburg State University

This section describes the makeup and responsibilities of the Fitchburg State University.

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Overview

Fitchburg State University (FSU) is a member of the Massachusetts public higher-education system, which consists of 15 community colleges, 9 state universities, and 5 University of Massachusetts campuses. Founded in 1894, the university is an accredited public four-year undergraduate and graduate institution that offers degrees in a variety of disciplines. For the 2018 fiscal year, FSU had a student enrollment of approximately 5,200.

FSU is authorized by Section 5 of Chapter 15A of the Massachusetts General Laws and operates under the direction of a board of trustees, whose members are appointed by the Governor. The board operates under regulations promulgated by the state’s Board of Higher Education; its responsibilities under these regulations include setting student fees and university policies, approving annual plans, and articulating an FSU mission statement that is consistent with the mission of the Commonwealth’s system of public higher education.

Date published: June 28, 2019
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