Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Office of the Provost

Academics

Infusion

The education of Wheaton College students shall emphasize the study of race/ethnicity and its intersections with gender, class, sexuality, religion, and technology in the United States and globally.

To meet this goal, faculty members shall, whenever possible, transform their courses through initiatives, including those supported by the Office of the Provost.  In consultation with the faculty, the Educational Policy Committee shall initiate a process to facilitate these course transformations and evaluate the effectiveness of infusion.  (Faculty Legislation, Part Two, X.E. 8 )

Discussion by the Educational Policy Committee of how to assess infusion’s effects and the degree of its penetration across the curriculum is ongoing and will continue in 2011-2012.  (April 14, 2011 Ed Pol Minutes)

  • Infusion is an ongoing process and commitment of the faculty.  There are no designated “infused” courses, faculty are expected to address the legislated injunction to “emphasize the study of race/ethnicity and its intersections with gender, class, sexuality, religion and technology in the United States and globally.”  (2003-2004 Ed Pol Annual Report)
  • Faculty members are also enjoined “whenever possible” [to] transform their courses through initiatives, including those supported by the Office of the Provost.”  The Office of the Provost has supported and is keeping track of such initiatives, expected to accelerate under the leadership of the Director of the Infusion Project. (2003-2004 Ed Pol Annual Report)
  • As required by legislation, the Educational Policy Committee has initiated a “process to facilitate these course transformations and evaluate the effectiveness of infusion,” through its oversight of the Infusion Subcommittee, the Evaluation Subcommittee, and the Funding Subcommittee.  (2003-2004 Ed Pol Annual Report)
  • The Educational Policy Committee made it clear that courses will not be reviewed or identified as “infused.”  Infusion is a process of transformation and the results will vary enormously from discipline to discipline.  (2002 2003 Ed Pol Annual Report)
  • The idea of infusion is not a system of explicit requirements.  Faculty may decide to infuse rather than be required.  (May 10, 2001 Ed Pol Minutes)

 

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