Coeducation at Wheaton College: From conscious coeducation to distinctive coeducation?

Susan F. Semel, Alan R. Sadovnik

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For more than 150 years Wheaton College, located in the small city of Norton, Massachusetts, dedicated itself to the higher education of women. Then in September 1988 this private liberal arts college admitted its first men undergraduates. Given its historical commitment to the education of women, Wheaton College pursued coeducation within a framework dedicated to ensuring that its commitment to women would be preserved in the transition to coeducation. Through its philosophy of "conscious coeducation," or what is also called "differently coeducational," Wheaton has attempted to create a coeducational institution that links its strengths as a formerly women's college to the education of both men and women. Such an education is grounded in the view that coeducation should help young men and women create a more just world, with men and women equal partners in this quest. The difficult task in this endeavor has been for Wheaton to expand its mission and yet not lose the historical commitment to women characteristic of women's colleges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChallenged by Coeducation
Subtitle of host publicationWomen's Colleges Since the 1960s
PublisherVanderbilt University Press
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)0826515428, 9780826515421
StatePublished - 2007

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