Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE) at Assumption University

  1. The Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE) at Assumption University is a program that:

    1. Is a part of the Department of Continuing and Career Education at Assumption University.

    2. Follows the principles outlined in the Agreement between Assumption University and WISE.

    3. Follows the policies and procedures at Assumption University, including, but not limited to:

      1. Code of Ethics

      2. Human Resources and Personnel

      3. Finance and Accounting

      4. Fund raising

      5. Information Technology and related issues

      6. Classes, Events, Instructors, Rooms, and facilities

      7. Food Services and other support amenities

      8. Parking

  2. Complies with the Assumption University Anti-Discrimination Policies as well as all state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and its educational programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, genetic information or family medical history, military status, or other legally protected status.

  3. The President of WISE and the President of Assumption University, or their designees, review their affiliation every four years, or earlier if necessary.

Mission Statement

The Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE) at Assumption University is a nonprofit, member- directed organization that provides lifelong learning opportunities for older adults.

Values Statement

The Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE) at Assumption University fosters a culture of teamwork, participation, acknowledgment, respect, inclusivity and transparency.


    1. Definitions




Academic Terms

Spring Semester: January through May.

Fall Semester: September through December.

Full Year Membership

Fall and Spring Semesters.

Voting members.

Half Year Membership

Fall Semester: A and B sessions.

Non-voting members.

Spring Semester: C and D sessions.

Summer Participants

June and July

This is an administrative classification. Summer Participants are not WISE members.


Concurrent with the sessions that the Instructors are teaching.

The Instructors’ Membership is primarily an administrative classification.

Instructors cannot register for WISE courses unless they belong to another membership category.

  1. Types of Membership

Membership Types

Start Date

End Date


Full Year

July 1

June 30

Fall Semester

July 1

December 31

Spring Semester

December 1

May 31

Registration starts during the first week of December. Note that the Spring Membership starts a few days before registration starts.

Summer Participants

May 1

July 31

Summer Participants are not WISE members.


Start of Session

End of Session

Concurrent with the Sessions that the Instructors are teaching.


See below

Honorary Membership.

  1. Honorary Membership is granted for:

    1. Recognition of exceptional service to WISE or the community.

    2. The promotion of special causes such as diversity.

    3. Teaching 20 courses or more, over the previous 10 years at WISE.

  2. Honorary Membership is:

    1. Granted upon recommendation by the Council.

    2. Renewable every two years at the commencement of each academic year.

    3. Contingent upon maintaining active membership.

  3. Honorary Membership is considered ‘active’ if the member is:

    1. Participating in taking courses.

    2. Engaged in teaching activities in WISE.

    3. Participating as a Volunteer in WISE.

  4. The total number of Honorary Members is limited to 15 per year.

  5. Honorary membership entitles members the full privileges of membership.

  6. An Honorary member who becomes’ inactive’ will become a Member Emeritus.


  1. The dues for the Full Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and the Summer Courses are determined by the Finance Committee and are approved by the Council for each Academic Year.

  2. These dues are published on the WISE Website at the start of each Academic Year.

  3. Members may upgrade their membership from the Fall Semester Membership to Full Year Membership by paying the difference (Full-Year Dues minus the Half-Year Dues).

  4. The dues-paying Members are entitled to the full benefits of WISE membership for the duration that the membership is valid.

  5. All WISE Officers, Committee Chairs and Group Coordinators must be full year members each year.

  6. The Director and the Office Manager shall not pay any dues.

  7. As a part of the nonprofit status of WISE and in keeping with the mission of Assumption University, the annual dues or a portion thereof may be forgiven for:

  8. Those who demonstrate financial hardship as determined by the Director.

  9. The total number of such members shall be limited to 5 each year.

  10. These members will not be identified publicly and will be counted only in internal WISE documents.

  11. Summer Participants are not eligible for WISE membership and its benefits.


    1. The Curriculum Committee Charter and Membership are outlined in the Committees section.

    2. The Curriculum Committee shall develop catalogs for each Semester and for the Summer Courses and distributes them.

    3. Any Course Instructors being considered for teaching at WISE, who have been or currently are on the Faculty at Assumption University, will need the support of the University before they can teach at WISE.

    4. The processes for enrollment are outlined in the Website, and may change from time to time.

    5. Only those members enrolled in a course may attend.

    6. For the purposes of acquainting a potential member to WISE, a Member may bring a friend to

one class, provided:

  1. Prior approval has been obtained from the Instructor

  2. The Class Assistant is informed as a courtesy.

  1. An instructor may bring a guest to a class one time for the guest to get acquainted with WISE.

  2. The honorarium for Class Instructors is determined on an annual basis by the Curriculum Committee and is approved by the Council.

  3. It is recommended that all Instructors read the “Guidelines for Instructors” published in the Website.


    1. The Communications Committee Charter and Membership are outlined in the Committees section.

    2. Publications and announcements by the Committee made on behalf of WISE are done by email.

    3. The timetable of communications follows a schedule during September through May each year for the following individuals:

      1. President

      2. Director

      3. Chair, Communications Committee

      4. Technology Advisor

      5. Others to be selected by the Committee from time to time.

    4. The Committee determines the precise steps involved in this schedule.

    5. The Committee is responsible for:

      1. All content in the WISE Website: https://assumptionwise.org

      2. Social Media including Facebook, Twitter and others.

    6. All information collected by WISE on the Website shall be governed by the WISE privacy policy.

    7. The WISE Website is not to be used for advertising for events or entities other than WISE and Assumption University.

    8. The Committee has the responsibility to assign operational access to the Website to the:

      1. President

      2. Director

      3. Office Manager (who also serves as the Web Master)

      4. Technology Advisor

    9. Other individuals may be granted access to a portion of the Website to facilitate the execution of their responsibilities, which include:

      1. Responsibility for updating and maintaining the website, course information, emails, collecting and reporting financial information.

      2. Other aspects of the Website.


    1. The Finance Committee Charter and Membership are outlined in the Committees section.

    2. The Financial Statements will follow the General Accounting Principles and as outlined by Assumption University.

    3. The Academic or Fiscal Year shall be from June 1 through May 31 of the following year.

    4. WISE shall invest a portion of its reserve funds in Assumption University’s investment funds.

    5. The WISE Director shall be:

      1. Allowed discretionary funds, the amount of which shall be recommended by the Finance Committee and approved by the Council.

      2. Responsible for all operational expenses of WISE.


    1. The Special Events Committee Charter and Membership are outlined in the Committees section.

    2. These Special Events are for WISE members only, unless otherwise stated.

    3. The events include:

      1. Brown Bag lectures

      2. Excursions

      3. Music Performances

      4. The Annual Meeting

      5. The Holiday Lunch

      6. The Spring Dinner.

    4. All these events are self-funded.


    1. All development and fundraising shall comply with the policies of Assumption University.

    2. The annual fundraising drive consists of soliciting donations to one or more of the following:

      1. WISE General Fund

      2. Assumption University Building Fund

      3. Students’ Scholarships Fund

      4. Other targeted Funds

      5. Gifts made in memory or honor of an individual.

    3. All donations are to be made payable to Assumption University/WISE.

    4. All donors are acknowledged in writing by the Director and the President.


    1. Inclement weather is defined as: rain, hail, snow, high winds, extreme high or low temperatures, by virtue of which it is not reasonable or safe to travel or walk to class.

    2. In the event of inclement weather, the WISE Director shall:

      1. Determine if the Worcester Public Schools and Assumption University are closed.

      2. The WISE Director shall confer with the WISE Office Manager.

      3. The two shall determine if the WISE classes should be cancelled.

    3. The Wise Membership is sent an email and /or text message informing the membership of the decision.

    4. A telephone recording regarding the decision is placed in the WISE Office telephone.


    1. The WISE Privacy policy and practices are in accordance with the Assumption University’s Privacy Policy.

    2. WISE does not make available, information about WISE members to outside organizations or individuals without the members’ permission.

    3. WISE does not store credit card information on the WISE Website or in the WISE office.

    4. The WISE office staff and website administrators use member information in the course of their work, such as reviewing membership payments, course and event registrations, and communications.

    5. Members may restrict the type of personal information in the privacy settings in the Website guide.

    6. The WISE Directory is visible only to current WISE members and is limited by the members’ privacy settings.



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