FSC could soon get university designation - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 7 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Jul 9, 2010, titled FSC could soon get university designation - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Fitchburg State College is one step closer to becoming Fitchburg State University.

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Lynch for State Senate

Concord, MA

#24 Jul 17, 2010
Blogenburgian wrote:
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How many spinoffs has this college actually created to date. This is not MIT it's mostly a teachers and nursing college. What spinoffs come out of that.
We need to encourage progress. Fitchburg state has always been a tough college to get into. MIT is a great University and is known around the world. Fitchburg State University could become an MIT. Encourage this possibility don't knock it.
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Fitchburg, MA

#25 Jul 17, 2010
This passed the house vote last week and passed the Senate yesterday. All that's left is the Governor's Signature (a formality) and this is official.
it happens

Leominster, MA

#26 Jul 17, 2010
Blogenburgian wrote:
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How many spinoffs has this college actually created to date. This is not MIT it's mostly a teachers and nursing college. What spinoffs come out of that.
By my count, there are 5 - The Jeffersons, Maude, Archie Bunker's Place and the lesser known Gloria and 704 Hauser
Blogenburgian

Clinton, MA

#27 Jul 17, 2010
Lynch for State Senate wrote:
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We need to encourage progress. Fitchburg state has always been a tough college to get into. MIT is a great University and is known around the world. Fitchburg State University could become an MIT. Encourage this possibility don't knock it.
You have got to be kidding me!!!!!!!!!
the burg will get worse

Leominster, MA

#28 Jul 17, 2010
ivychick22 wrote:
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Say what you will about Fitchburg as a town, and lay off the racism too, it cheapens your argument. As a student at FSC and resident of the-Burg as of 2 years ago, the 1 comlaint I have about FSC is their lack of course offerings and number of teachers. They spend their time focusing on their education and nursing degrees only, leaving the rest of us to suffer with poor course offerings and bad class times. Most students have to extend their time at FSC because classes they are required to take are not offered when they need them or at the same time as others that are required. Unless making FSC a University will change that issue, no student will notice a thing. Its possible employers will see a University as better academically but around here, getting a college degree at all is an amazing accomplishment. You may be ready to dismiss the diversity in this city as a bad influence but its not just the number of low income people living here that are causing a problem, its a lack of identity. Fitchburg used to be 10x what Leominster or even Worcester used to be, it was a hub. Large companies left and with it, so did people and jobs. Some had to stay, and on goes the cycle. However, efforts are being made by those concerned with cleaning up the area, like the Trustees of Reservation, Con Com and FSC; don't ignore them. Lunenberg might be bad 5 or 10 years from now, but each town is resposible for itself. Bottom line, I'm white and perminently moved here 4 months ago, and I love it. Low property taxes, cheaper housing to buy into and a college in the town...it will draw people as they start to realize what they can get here for the money and soon, it might be great. Only time will tell.
Perhaps you do an independent study at FSC about Fitchburg and its future. With high business taxes and utility costs, poor access to highways, it is at a disadvantage. It does have a large stock of affordable housing (often rented by absentee landlords) which attract those who need low cost housing and the related social services which need to be paid for. The new immigrants who often "make it" then typically move to more affluent cities and towns in the area and the cycle repeats itself. The city services continue to struggle to keep up with the needs of the citizens. There are always the institutions and bright spots such as FSC, but Con Com and few other businesses can't pull all the weight.
Welcome your insight and thoughts.
the burg will get worse

Leominster, MA

#29 Jul 17, 2010
Blogenburgian wrote:
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How many spinoffs has this college actually created to date. This is not MIT it's mostly a teachers and nursing college. What spinoffs come out of that.
Good point. I love FSC but don't see or expect to see any "spinoffs" anytime soon.
the burg will get worse

Leominster, MA

#30 Jul 17, 2010
Lynch for State Senate wrote:
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We need to encourage progress. Fitchburg state has always been a tough college to get into. MIT is a great University and is known around the world. Fitchburg State University could become an MIT. Encourage this possibility don't knock it.
Are you actually running for something and spending time on this board? We are all knuckleheads here!!

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