Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Wheelock merging with Boston University?
This initiative was undertaken in order to ensure the mission of Wheelock College remains sustainable as the higher education industry faces a changing landscape. We believe the merger will preserve the mission of Wheelock College, as well as enhance Boston University's programs.
When will the merger take effect?
Wheelock and BU will merge as of June 1, 2018, pending the necessary regulatory approvals.
Will the Wheelock College name and mission to improve the lives of children and families continue after the merger?
Both institutions are committed to merging Wheelock College—its faculty, students and alumni, its financial and campus assets, its brand and intellectual property, and its nearly 130-year legacy—into Boston University to create, by merger with BU's School of Education, a new and sustainable Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. WCEHD will reflect the Wheelock College mission to improve the lives of children and their 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. BU will commit to provide WCEHD with specified resources to support its mission and sustainable growth.
What will happen to Wheelock's Boston and Brookline campuses?
The merger gives BU ownership of all assets and liabilities of Wheelock College. The parties have agreed that immediately following the merger, the Wheelock campus will be used for Boston University academic programs.
What academic programs will be included in the new Wheelock College of Education and Human Development (WCEHD) at BU?
A Transition Committee will be formed to advise Jean Morrison, BU provost, on the academic programs that will be offered by the new college. The committee will be chaired by David Chard, Wheelock president, and vice-chaired by Catherine O'Connor, interim dean of BU's School of Education, and will include four faculty members from Wheelock and four from the BU School of Education. The academic programs that will comprise the merged college will build upon the high quality clinical training, scholarship, and community engagement offered currently by both programs. Upon completion of the merger, 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.
Will current Wheelock students be able to complete their studies? What about tuition and financial aid?
Students currently enrolled at Wheelock will either become students in existing programs at Boston University, will continue in select Wheelock programs that will be newly incorporated into Boston University, or in some cases, will enroll in a transitional program that will allow them to complete their Wheelock course of study. Boston University will honor the tuition rates and financial aid packages of current Wheelock students. So, the net tuition will be the same as their cost would have been to attend Wheelock College, although their tuition may increase with future inflation. Beginning in 2018, admission of all new students will be through Boston University, using BU's standards and processes.
How will the merger affect Wheelock faculty and staff?
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. Administrative and operational functions of Wheelock will be merged with corresponding units at BU, and Wheelock staff will be considered for potential placement in similar positions at BU where practical.
What does the merger mean for Wheelock alumni?
Alumni of Wheelock College will be welcomed as alumni of WCEHD and Boston University.