Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Office of the Provost




  • Educational Policy Committee should define a specific category of subcommittee designed to undertake a special initiative. These should be limited in time (1-2 years) with clearly defined tasks that can be undertaken in a specified time frame.
  • The subcommittee should submit a plan of work (including a calendar) at the end of the academic year of its plans for the coming year.
  • Educational Policy Committee will review those plans and liaise where necessary with the subcommittee chairs.
  • The subcommittee should not continue beyond the end of the second year without having its status reviewed in the context of the overall structure of Educational Policy Committee’s subcommittees.
  • Each subcommittee chair will attend an Educational Policy Committee meeting during the academic year in order to provide oversight of their work.
  • The Chair of Educational Policy Committee will chair the Connections SubCommittee and serve on the Curriculum Evaluation Sub-Committee.
  • Continuing Subcommittees
    • Curriculum Evaluation
    • Connections
    • Global Education Advisory
    • Writing
    • First-Year Seminar
    • Undergraduate Research

Curriculum Evaluation Subcommittee

  • The Subcommittee will work with the Provost’s Office, Educational Policy Committee, and the faculty to design a five-year curriculum evaluation plan. The Evaluation Sub- committee will review Banner data reports on the curriculum, data on the Natural Science and Foreign Language requirements, and data from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) on Connections and Infusion. The inclusion of reports, following discussion of the data by faculty with interest and responsibility in the area, offers a model for keeping regular oversight of the curriculum. The Subcommittee plans to work with the Registrar and faculty on other Banner data reports in the future.
  • Reporting practices for assessing different elements of the curriculum was completed for Connections, Natural Sciences, and Foreign Languages. Discussion will follow with faculty in those areas.
  • Science data are in the process of being collected. A student survey is pending to determine why students are making the choices they are making regarding science.
  • 2014-2015 Members: Gail Sahar (Coordinator) Thandi Buthelezi, Barbara Darling-Smith, Scott Gelber, Paul Prewitt-Freilino (Director of Institutional Research), Pat Santilli (Registrar)

Student-Initiated Connections Subcommittee

  • The charge of the Connections Subcommittee is to consider and recommend the approval (or disapproval) of Student-Initiated Connection proposals. Additionally, the Subcommittee is to bring general issues of policy questions arising from review of the proposals to the Educational Policy Committee. (April 23, 2009, Ed Pol Minutes, 2008-2009, Ed Pol Annual Report)
  • 2014-2015 Members: Janice Sklensky (Chair), Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus, Jason Goodman, Shelly Leibowitz,

First Year Seminar

  • Inspire a cohort of engaged, intellectually curious students who are prepared to assume responsibility for their education and their lives.
  • Introduce high standards and expectations for college-level academic skills. Students will practice reading, oral communication, written communication and information fluency.
  • Assist students in negotiating the transition to independent young adulthood. Students will be introduced to college-level success strategies, academic support and other resources on campus, and students will interact with a faculty advisor who is also the FYS instructor, a staff mentor, preceptors and student monitors.
  • 2014-2015 Steering Committee Members: Shawn Christian (Coordinator), Laura Ekstrom, Laura Muller, Patrick Johnson, Jocelyn Emerson

Global Education Advisory Subcommittee

The charge of the Subcommittee is to review, discuss and advise on new initiatives sponsored by the Center for Global Education.

  • Review new faculty-led study abroad programs.
  • Advise the Dean of Center for Global Education on policies and procedure that impact study abroad.
  • Present and discuss concerns of academic divisions regarding global education matters
  • Educational Policy Committee will review all proposals for faculty led programs once they have been considered by Global Education Advisory Subcommittee for preliminary review and comment, including those in their first iteration.
  • 2014-2015 Members:  Donna Kerner (Chair), Darlene Boroviak, Cecile Danihy, James Freeman, Dipankar Maitra (Fall 2014), Bianca Cody-Murphy, Elita Pastra-Landis (Spring 2015), Sue Standing, Mark Hoesly (Dean, Center for Global Education) Gail Sahar (Associate Provost)

Undergraduate Research Subcommittee

Promote and advance undergraduate research and scholarship opportunities at Wheaton.

  • 2014-2015 Members: Thandi Buthelezi (Chair),Laura Ekstrom, Kathy Morgan, Montse Perez-Toribio, Scott Hamlin (Research and Instruction, LIS), Zeph Stickney (College Archivist), Judi Razee (Administrative Assistant, Filene Center)

Writing Subcommittee

Nurture the efforts and interest of faculty for increasing the writing skills of students and faculty.

Towards that end:

  • Initiate and manage events (workshops, presentations, etc.) and otherwise gather and disseminate relevant ideas and information to faculty and students.
  • Further promote and support peer writing tutors as a key resource.
  • Work with academic departments to steward the college-wide effort regarding the importance of writing skills and recent developments in the teaching and assessment of writing.
  • 2014-2015 Members: Lisa Lebduska (Chair), Connie Compana, Ellen McBreen, Karen McCormack, Jason Reiss

Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Credit-Bearing Internships

  • Investigate the needs and issues that would arise if the college were to offer academic credit for internships.
  • Investigate Wheaton's own experience in offering academic credit.
  • Look at models at other schools.
  • Develop possible recommendations for review by the Educational Policy Committee.
  • 2013-2014 Members: Talitha Espiritu (Co-Chair), Lisa Gavigan (Co-Chair), Kathy Morgan, Laura Muller, Bianca Cody-Murphy, Scott Shumway, Gabriela Torres, Mark Hoesly, Vereene Parnell, Raquel Ramos

Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Online Learning

  • The ad hoc subcommittee on online learning will investigate how to further integrate technology into the curriculum in order to enhance students' learning experience at Wheaton.  After evaluating the college's first summer session online course, the ad hoc subcommittee will now seek to assess the cost effectiveness, long-term goals and viability of online learning at Wheaton College.
  • 2014-2015 Members:  Alberto Bianchi (Chair), Deyonne Bryant, Pete Coco, Rachelle Decoste, Scott Hamlin, Kathleen Morgan, Robert Morris, Montse Perez-Toribio, Josh Stenger

Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Connections

  • Begin preliminary investigations and discussion of the goals and effectiveness of Connections as a major piece of the Wheaton Curriculum.
  • 2014-2015 Members: Chris Kalberg (Chair), Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus, Jason Goodman, Kathy Morgan


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