Fitchburg State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.; ABET, Inc.; the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education; the Council for Standards in Human Service Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges is a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering postgraduate instruction.
Accreditation by the New England Association assures that the institution:
- Meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process
- Maintains the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future
- Maintains its demonstrated institutional integrity
Inquiries regarding the status of an institution’s accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges should be directed to the administrative staff at the university or to the association at:
Commission on Higher Education (CIHE)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
The Sanborn House, 15 High Street
Winchester, MA 01890
Addresses for other accrediting agencies include:
111 Market Place Suite 1050
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 625-2238 (Fax)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation
One Dupont Circle, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-1120
The Council for Standards in Human Service Education
3337 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
2010 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Suite 508
Washington, D.C. 20036
International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
11374 Strang Line Road
Lenexa, KS 66215
Fitchburg State University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:
- Master of Business Administration with specialized tracks in:
- Human Resource Management
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in:
- The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification
- The Interstate Certification Compact in Certification of Educational Personnel
- The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing
- Department of Higher Education, Commonwealth Honors Program
- American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
- The College Entrance Examination Board
- The Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
- The American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the International Association of Colleges and Universities
- The American Council on Education
- The New England Association of College Admissions Counselors and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
- The Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences
- The Council of Graduate Schools
- University Continuing Education Association
McKay Arts Academy
The McKay Arts Academy is a pre-K to grade 8 innovation school that provides a safe and inclusive learning environment for a diverse group of students. While located on the university campus, McKay is part of the Fitchburg Public School District. The university uses part of the complex for classes, and many students majoring in education perform their student-teaching at McKay. These teacher preparation programs allow university students to apply what they are learning in their own studies toward public school classrooms, enhancing their understanding of educational theory and practice, better preparing them for successful teaching careers.
This collaboration with higher education is a partnership that brings professionals together in our school setting to share:
- responsibility for the preparation of new teachers,
- the professional development of experienced classroom teachers,
- the professional development of university faculty serving as teacher educators,
- the support of research directed at improvement of practice, and
- enhanced student learning for our elementary students.
The McKay Campus School and Fitchburg State University have a shared understanding of and commitment to learning for children and adults. This culture of learning is one that values risk-taking, inquiry, reflection and collegiality. This community has children at its core and encompasses school and university faculty, parents and members of the wider community of Fitchburg and its surrounding towns.
Servicemembers Opportunity College
Fitchburg State University is a fully-approved Service Opportunity College member. The SOC principles and criteria subscribed to by all member institutions provide the basis for a consistent and uniform approach to meeting the educational goals and special needs of military personnel. The coordinator of records and registration services serves as the counselor for this important program.
The Washington Center
Fitchburg State University offers students the opportunity for semester-long internships at the Washington Center in Washington, D.C. For information contact Dr. Joshua Spero, (978) 665-3214.