Framingham State University opened its doors in 1839 as the Lexington Normal School. The first public institution for the education of teachers in the United States, it was established under the direction of the great education reformist, Horace Mann, the first secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education.
Over the years, the University has grown and changed in all ways imaginable. Yet, for all its innovation, certain fundamental qualities have remained steadfast. These are embodied in the University’s core values:
Ethical Citizenship and Global Stewardship
Personal and Professional Growth
Public Purpose and Commitment
Inclusive and Collaborative Community
Our goals continue to be centered on maintaining these intrinsic values while at the same time, strengthening our partnerships with the greater Metro West community and beyond. The University strives to be as efficient as possible through strategic cost-cutting and by diversifying revenue streams. But these efforts can only go so far. To continue our mission of access to talented, capable students, we must increase private support. By forming valuable partnerships in the University’s mission, together we can empower generations of skilled employees who will help lead the local economy into a prosperous future.
This is what we hope to achieve:
- Increase scholarship funding to ensure Framingham State University remains accessible and affordable for all qualified students
- Provide funding for innovative programs that prepare students for in-demand jobs
- Invest in facilities to meet students’ needs and provide access to equipment they will utilize in their professional field
- Enhance funding for faculty research and professional development