Most Boston University (BU) students agree with the university’s decision to combine its School of Education with Wheelock College’s education program, according to interview responses from 12 students.
The merger, which will go into effect June 1, 2018, will essentially mesh BU’s School of Education with Wheelock College’s School of Education, Child Life and Family Studies, creating Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education and Human Development.
As for the current Wheelock College students, they will either continue into existing programs at BU, continue into a program which allows them to finish their current Wheelock studies, or continue into newly selected courses that will be a result of the college merger.
Several BU students voiced their opinions on the merger, describing it as advantageous for both schools.
Sasha Schuele, 21, a College of Arts and Sciences Senior, said that the change wouldn’t significantly alter BU’s current program.
“When I first heard about it I was totally shocked. I had no idea what to expect. But just after hearing about it from a couple of my teachers, it seems like now maybe it’s not like that huge of a change,” Sasha said. “It’s not going to fundamentally change who we are as an SED community.”
Chris Alba, 22, a BU graduate student, said that he believed that the college merger would significantly benefit both schools, ultimately establishing a shared space of resources and perspectives toward education.
“I think it could be a great thing especially when schools merge because they have more resources,” Chris said. “I went to a relatively small undergraduate school and we often didn’t have the faculty or the resources to get a lot of cool things that we can get done here.”
Morgan Goodney, 23, a BU graduate student, provided a different perspective about the issue.
“I actually am currently in an internship with some students who are at Wheelock, and, so they’ve been pretty vocal about how they feel it will affect them and their studies and how it kind of interrupts the decision that they had made to go to that school,” Morgan said.
Sarah Maggipinto, 19, a College of Engineering sophomore, said that the merger is beneficial to BU since it will provide the school with more assets.
“I guess it’s good. It seems like it’s gonna give more resources to BU,” said Sarah.