Wheelock Legacy and Future

President Jackie with Wheelock studentsWheelock was recently reaccredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Since 1888, Wheelock College has been a strong and vibrant college committed to our unique mission of improving the lives of children and families. Wheelock is guided by this mission, which reflects our core academic strengths, to be responsive to critical societal needs.

Launched originally as a school for kindergarten teachers, Wheelock has leveraged its remarkable faculty to grow substantially the ways it applies Lucy Wheelock's vision and legacy to metropolitan Boston and the world. The College now offers an array of undergraduate arts and sciences degree programs, in addition to our professional programs in education, social work, child life, and juvenile justice & youth advocacy. Wheelock also offers a growing number of targeted graduate certificates to complement our acclaimed master's programs in education, child life, social work, and nonprofit leadership.

Commitment to Mission

Every Wheelock program and initiative—new or old—is directly tied to the College's mission to improve the lives of children and families. In fact, this unwavering commitment to mission was recently cited as a key strength by a visiting reaccreditation team from The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) . Wheelock was successfully reaccredited by NEASC in September 2015. Read a statement from NEASC President Barbara Brittingham.

Wheelock and its programs are accredited by:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). 10-year reaccreditation issued September 2015.
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 10-year reaccreditation issued May 2015.
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). 10-year reaccreditation issued April 2015.

Visit our Accreditation web page to learn more.

Financial Strength and Investment

Despite the challenging national landscape for higher education, Wheelock is on strong financial footing and is poised for further growth. In 2014, the College welcomed its largest ever incoming undergraduate class. The Master of Social Work program in Worcester, launched in 2012, is enrolling its fourth fall cohort of students and has added an Advanced Standing option to accommodate growing demand.

Other financial highlights include:

  • In September 2015, Standard & Poor's Ratings Service affirmed Wheelock's 'BBB' long-term rating on Massachusetts Development Finance Agency's revenue bonds. Per S&P's report, the outlook is stable.
  • Operating revenue exceeded operating expenses by $3.8 million, and non-operating net assets, including the college endowment, increased $9.1 million, combining for a total increase in net assets of $12.9 million for the year ended June 30, 2014 (FY2014) per the net audited financial statement found here.
  • Wheelock is proud to be able to provide financial aid to 97% of our undergraduate students, 41% of whom are the first generation in their family to attend college.
  • Major campus investments include construction of a new Campus Center and Students Residence and the Earl Center for Learning and Innovation, as well as several major renovation projects.
  • Wheelock enjoys strong financial support from alumni and the community; the College recently concluded the historic Campaign for Wheelock, which raised a record $82 million.

Recent Accolades

Wheelock Prof. Nina Aronoff with studentsFor a College its size, Wheelock has an outsized impact on the community. Wheelock students provide an estimated 222,000 hours of community service annually to the global community, including more than 280 organizations in Greater Boston.

  • Wheelock was recently the recipient of the President Award in Education on the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can achieve for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Additionally, Wheelock has been selected as one of only five finalists in the general community service category.
    Watch the video of a recent State House ceremony honoring Wheelock’s service record.
  • Wheelock was named as a Silver Student Actions Award winner for Fall 2014 by myActions for the College’s support of student engagement through an array of existing programs, classes, events, and student organizations focused on sustainability, compassion, and well being.
  • The American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) presented Wheelock College with the 2012 John Blackburn Award for the Revitalization of the Mattahunt Community Center. This national award recognizes outstanding examples of college and university leadership that demonstrate creative solutions to common problems, and/or illustrate successful efforts to meet demands.

Visit the Community Engagement web pages to learn more.

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