Boston University and Wheelock College Discuss Merger

Boston University (BU) and Wheelock College, both NEC members, confirmed they have entered discussions of a possible merger in recent weeks.

Wheelock College, located about a mile away from BU’s south campus, has faced declining enrollment over the past few years leading Wheelock’s new president David Chard to consider a merger.  Wheelock received six responses to its Request for Proposals (RFP), but believed merging with BU would best preserve its mission of educating students in teaching and social work.  In the merger, Wheelock’s School of Education, Child Life, and Family Studies would merge with BU’s School of Education to create the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. An official date, among other details, have not yet been released by either institution.

“Over the upcoming weeks the leadership of Boston University and Wheelock College will be working with our faculties and our academic and administrative leaders to shape the vision of our merged academic units and services,” the joint statement said. “We believe the merger will enhance Boston University’s programs, as well as preserve the mission of Wheelock College to improve the lives of children and families.”

The New England Council wishes Boston University and Wheelock College luck negotiating a merger that is beneficial to both schools. Read more in Inside Higher Ed and The Boston Globe.

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