Wheelock College - Boston University Merger

Merger Deal Signed - Completion Expected June 1, 2018

Wheelock's Mission to Endure in Merged Institution

Wheelock College and Boston University announced on October 11, 2017 that they have signed a definitive agreement to merge as of June 1, 2018. The merger will create the new Wheelock College of Education and Human Development as an academic unit within Boston University, combining the doctoral programs and research capabilities of BU's School of Education with the clinical practice and community focus of Wheelock's School of Education, Child Life and Family Studies.

The new college will reflect the Wheelock College mission to improve the lives of children and families, and will aspire to be a preeminent college of education and human development in the region and in the U.S. within 10 years, focused on clinical practice, scholarship, and community engagement.

Many other details remain under discussion, but a number of key issues were addressed in the merger announcement:

  • Wheelock programs from the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Social Work, Leadership, and Youth Advocacy will be merge into appropriate programs at BU.
  • All current Wheelock students in good standing will have the opportunity to complete their academic programs at BU.
  • Tuition costs for current Wheelock students will remain at Wheelock levels, and are subject only to any annual percentage increase in tuition applied to BU students; Wheelock guaranteed financial aid packages will remain unchanged.
  • Wheelock students and alumni will be welcomed as members of the Boston University community.
  • A process has been agreed to for transferring tenured Wheelock faculty into faculty positions at BU. Non-tenured Wheelock faculty will be considered on a case-by-case basis for employment at BU depending on program need.
  • Wheelock staff will be considered for potential placement in similar positions at BU.

"I believe this merger is our strongest option for preserving the mission of Wheelock College and the legacy of Lucy Wheelock long into the future, and I am pleased that we have reached this milestone," Wheelock President David J. Chard said. "President Brown and I have discussed our intent to support Wheelock students and alumni during this transition and welcome them as part of the Boston University community. Moreover, we both want to create a college of which our entire community can be proud."

President Chard will assume the role of Interim Dean of the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, an appointment for a duration at least two years following the merger. The merger, which is scheduled to be completed on June 1, 2018, followed a strategic planning process over the summer with a Wheelock committee comprising administrators, staff, and Trustees. This initiative was undertaken in order to ensure the mission of the College remains sustainable as the higher education industry faces a changing landscape.

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