Frequently Asked Questions

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General

Q: Who initiated the merger discussion with BU?
A: Wheelock sent a letter of inquiry to many institutions that were viewed to be the best possible fits to merge with Wheelock. This was a proactive measure to identify a partner to ensure the mission of the College remained sustainable in a changing higher education landscape.

Q: Why did Wheelock look for a partner institution to merge with?
A: In looking proactively at the College's position given changing demographics, demand of programs, cost of operations, the national higher education landscape, and projections of the next few years, it was determined that it would be in the College's best interest to identify a partner rather than risk continuing operations as a standalone institution in a very uncertain time.

Q: When will the merger take place?
A: The memorandum of understanding that has been signed by both institutions includes a merger date of June 1, 2018.

Q: Who will lead the new college?
A: Wheelock President David Chard will serve as the Interim Dean of Boston University's Wheelock College of Education and Human Development for a period of at least two years following the merger. The Interim Dean of WCEHD will report to the University Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Jean Morrison, who reports to Boston University President Robert A. Brown. Boston University is overseen by its Board of Trustees.

Q: What happens to Wheelock's endowment?
A: Wheelock's property and assets (including the endowment) will be assumed by BU on June 1, 2018. However, BU will use Wheelock's endowment to support the WCEHD and any other specific designations made by our generous donors will continue to be honored. Although designated to support the WCEHD, the Wheelock College endowment will be invested and managed with the BU endowment moving forward.

Q: Is BU financially strong?
A: Yes. BU has a strong financial rating issued by the Department of Education, and has a credit rating of AA3 from Moody's and a rating of A+ from S&P Global Ratings. Moody's most recent review cited the University's continued excellent record of operating results, strengthening strategic positioning and financial flexibility evidenced by the improvement and diversification of the University's student market, research profile and donor support. Boston University's resources include an endowment of over $2 billion.

Q: What will happen to Wheelock's campus? Will the College be relocating to BU's campus?
A: Initially, WCEHD will remain on Wheelock's Boston and Brookline campuses as well on Boston University's Charles River Campus. Long-term decisions about the location of WCEHD and the use of the Wheelock campus will be made at a later date.

Q: What will happen to our international programs (such as academic programs in Singapore and Barbados?
A: Wheelock's Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for International Programs and Partnerships are in conversations with BU's Provost Office to determine the future of our international programs.

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Campus and Facilities

Q: What will happen to Wheelock's campus? Will the new College be relocating to BU's campus?
A: Initially, WCEHD will remain on Wheelock's Boston and Brookline campuses as well on Boston University's Charles River Campus. Long-term decisions about the location of WCEHD and the use of the Wheelock campus will be made at a later date.

Q: Will the Wheelock Library retain its collection in the current location, or will it be absorbed by the library at BU?
A: The Office of Academic Affairs and Wheelock's Librarian are working with Boston University's Library to make decisions about the future of the Wheelock Library.

Q: What will happen to the Wheelock Family Theatre?
A: Wheelock Family Theatre will become a program of BU on June 1, 2018. BU's Provost Office will be working closely with Wheelock College to determine how best to support the Wheelock Family Theatre during the merger. The Wheelock Family Theatre will continue its high quality productions and youth programming.

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Current Students

- Academics

Q: What will happen to Wheelock College and its programs?
A: The result of this merger will be Boston University's new Wheelock College of Education and Human Development (WCEHD), which will be an academic unit within BU. The new college will be a merger of Wheelock's current School of Education, Child Life, and Family Studies and BU's School of Education. Initially, WCEHD will remain on Wheelock's Boston and Brookline campuses as well on Boston University's Charles River Campus. Long-term decisions about the location of WCEHD and the use of the Wheelock campus will be made at a later date.

Other programs at Wheelock will be merged into reasonably similar programs at BU. BU and Wheelock are currently working together to determine the best possible pathways to accommodate Wheelock students in reasonably similar degree programs as they transition to BU.

Q: Will Boston University become a member of the Colleges of the Fenway? I was am a student and was planning to minor in something offered through the COF. Can I still do that?
A: Boston University will not become a member of Colleges of the Fenway. If there are specific academic offerings you are looking for, you may explore other courses and academic programs that BU offers.

Q: Will current students need to be re-accepted to BU?
A: No. All currently enrolled students of Wheelock who are in good standing who wish to transition to BU may become students of a program within Boston University. This will occur with the approval of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and Wheelock's accreditor, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Q: Will current Wheelock students who matriculate at BU be able to change their major to something that was not previously offered at Wheelock?
A: Yes, after June 1, students who are in good standing at Wheelock College will become BU students, and thus are able to change their major consistent with BU enrollment policies, which require students to meet specific performance standards for the programs they wish to enter as well as minimum performance standards in their current program for one full semester at BU.

Q: When can I sign up for courses at BU?
A: Students will be informed when they can begin registering for BU courses. It is essential that all students work closely with their academic advisors to map their course requirements.

Q: How will students know what courses to sign up for as the merger happens?
A: Academic advisors have the most knowledge about the requirements and needs of students and spend time understanding what each student's goals are.

Q: Will credits of all courses taken at Wheelock transfer to BU?
A: Credits of all courses taken at Wheelock will be honored by BU as long as they met the criteria for passing at Wheelock.

Q: Will my class sizes be larger at BU?
A: The class sizes in the BU School of Education are generally comparable to those at Wheelock College, so it is likely the classes within the new BU Wheelock College of Education and Human Development will be similar to what Wheelock students have now. The student to faculty ratio is also similar at Boston University to Wheelock College.

Q: I'm doing a dual degree program. Am I still able to do the fifth year master's? Will the cost for the master's be the Wheelock price, or the BU price?
A: BU and Wheelock are working to identify appropriate and reasonably similar pathways for Wheelock students in fifth year master's programs.

The cost of attendance for current Wheelock students who transition to BU will remain at Wheelock levels (for a maximum of four years for undergraduate students and two years for graduate students), with only the same annual percentage increases as will be charged to all BU students.

In addition, any guaranteed Wheelock financial aid packages will be honored by BU. If you are an undergraduate and will complete the master's portion of your dual degree within four years or if you are already in the master's portion of the dual degree program and will complete the dual degree within two years, then the master's portion will be at Wheelock's tuition level.

Q: What's happening with Child Life dual degree program?
A: A committee of BU and Wheelock faculty and leaders are working to determine the best way to transition this program to BU.

Q: Will degrees be issued by Wheelock College or Boston University?
A: Students who graduate in May 2018 will receive a Wheelock degree. After June 1, 2018, degrees will only be issued by Boston University.

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- Housing

Q: Will student housing be located on the current Wheelock campus or at BU?
A: As BU students, current Wheelock students will have an option to live in the residence halls on Wheelock's current campus or to apply to live in residences on BU's campus. It is important to note, however, that the price Wheelock students pay for housing will remain consistent with current pricing only if the student remains in housing on the Wheelock campus. BU residences vary in price and current Wheelock students who choose current BU residences will pay the total BU housing price with no grant to cover any differential. BU will establish shuttle services between the Charles River and Wheelock campuses.

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- Athletics/Student Athletes

Q: What happens to Wheelock's Division 3 varsity athletics programs?
A: Following the merger on June 1, Wheelock will be a unit within Boston University and will not have its own varsity athletic programs. Dwight Datcher, Wheelock Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics, has been in touch with student athletes about this transition.

Q: What are the athletics/sports/fitness opportunities at BU?
A: Students will have access to all the amenities available to Boston University students, which include intramural sports, club sports, and the option of trying out for Division 1 athletic teams at BU. Information on intramural sports, club sports, varsity sports, and fitness amenities at BU can be found here: bu.edu/admissions/student-life/sports-fitness.

Q: I want to continue playing Division 3 athletics.
A: You should be in touch with Dwight Datcher, Assistant Vice President for Student Success/Director of Athletics at 617-879-2238 or ddatcher@wheelock.edu about transfer options. Student athletes who wish to transfer to play elsewhere must fill out a self-release form.

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- Tuition/Financial Aid

Q: How will the cost of tuition be impacted?
A: The cost of attendance for current Wheelock students who transition to BU will remain at Wheelock levels (for a maximum of four years for undergraduate students and two years for graduate students), with only the same annual percentage increases as will be charged to all BU students. In addition, any guaranteed Wheelock financial aid packages will be honored by BU.

Q: What is the annual percentage/amount increase in cost of attendance at BU compared to Wheelock?
A: The tuition increase at BU for each of the past three years has been between 3.7% and 3.8%. Wheelock's recent tuition increases have been about 3% per year.

Q: What about financial aid/scholarships/grants?
A: Any previously guaranteed Wheelock financial aid packages will remain unchanged.

Q: I'm doing a dual degree program. Will my master's be locked into the Wheelock tuition price? Or will it be the BU rate?
A: If you are an undergraduate and will complete the master's portion of your dual degree within four years or if you are already in the master's portion of the dual degree program and will complete the dual degree within two years, then the master's portion will be at Wheelock's tuition level.

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- Admissions

Q: What happens to Wheelock students who had been on leave?
A: Wheelock students who have been on leave will need to re-enroll for spring 2018 and be in good standing in order to transition to BU on June 1, 2018.

Q: What happens to students who had deferred admission?
A: Any student who has previously been accepted, deferred and deposited to Wheelock will be admitted to BU, provided that BU offers the student's planned course of study and provided that the student matriculates at BU no later than fall 2018.

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- Student Opportunities

Q: What are the benefits to students of the merger?
A: Due to the size of Boston University's student body and their expanded scope of academic offerings, current Wheelock students will have access to additional programs and services.

Q: What sorts of student organizations exist at BU?
A: Check out this web page on the more than 450 BU student organizations.  Also check out this BU web page on how to create a student organization.

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Employees

Q: Will tenured faculty be retained at BU?
A: All tenured Wheelock faculty will become Boston University faculty with either unmodified professorial titles with tenure (such as Associate Professor or Professor) or with modified titles without tenure (such as clinical professor and professor of the practice). Each tenured faculty transition will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Q: How will roles of Wheelock tenured faculty be determined?
A: Wheelock tenured faculty will work with the BU Office of the Provost and appropriate school administrators to determine the teaching role they will have at BU.

Q: What happens to non-tenured faculty?
A: The retention of non-tenured Wheelock faculty members will be assessed by BU on a case-by-case basis according to the needs of the relevant academic units within BU.

Q: What is happening to staff and administrators of Wheelock College?
A: Administrative and operational units of Wheelock will be integrated into the equivalent units at BU. This integration, however, will necessarily include the identification of synergies that will result in re-sizing of the integrated units. The retention of Wheelock staff members will be assessed by BU on a case-by-case basis, and BU will offer Wheelock staff members appropriate positions where practicable.

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Alumni

Q: Would Wheelock degrees conferred be retroactively changed to BU degrees? Can I have a new degree/diploma issued?
A: No, those who graduated prior to June 1, 2018 will still hold degrees from Wheelock College (not BU).

Q: Can I list BU as my school on my resume?
A: No, alumni of Wheelock College should reference that they attended/graduated from Wheelock College.

Q: Should I list Wheelock College as the source of my credential despite it no longer being an accredited institution?
A: Wheelock is an accredited institution and will be until June 1, 2018. Alumni who graduated with a diploma from Wheelock College should reference that they attended/graduated from Wheelock College.

Q: Where do I go to obtain a transcript?
A: Until June 1, you will contact the registrar at Wheelock. After June 1, 2018, you will be able to obtain a transcript through the registrar at BU.

Q: Will Wheelock alumni now become BU alumni? Will Wheelock alumni get BU alumni perks?
A: Following the merger, all alumni of Wheelock will be supported and treated as alumni of both Boston University and, to the extent applicable, WCEHD. There will be a number of new opportunities available through this extensive network of over 330,000 alumni.

Q: Will we still have Wheelock Magazine?
A: That will be determined by BU and the leadership of the WCEHD. The WCEHD will have a column in Bostonia Magazine for the next one to two years. This will help others in the BU community get to know the WCEHD and keep our alumni informed as well.

Q: Will there still be Wheelock reunions as part of BU's reunion activities?
A: Details associated with Wheelock reunions will be determined by the leadership of BU and the WCEHD.

Q: I have named Wheelock in my estate plans. Do I have to change my will?
A: We will soon confirm that and plan to reach out to all of our Heritage Society members to help them confirm their planned gifts.

Q: Can I still make a gift to Wheelock?
A: Yes. This year you can make a gift to Wheelock and in the future you will be able to designate your gift to the WCEHD at BU. In both cases your gift will be designated to support the students and programs of Boston University's WCEHD.

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