This is just the beginning. Other states will follow in a similar fashion.

The Burlington Free Press reports:

Vermont State Colleges could close three campuses, lay off hundreds

Vermont State Colleges could close three campuses and cut hundreds of employees as part of a system-wide transformation in light of financial losses from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recommendation came from Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) Chancellor Jeb Spaulding on Friday.

As part of Spaulding’s plan, the residential campuses of Northern Vermont University in Lyndon and Johnson would be closed and their liberal arts programs would be transferred to Castleton University.

Furthermore, the Randolph Center campus of Vermont Technical College would close, consolidating to locations in Williston and throughout Vermont prior to the 2020-21 academic year.

According to the plan, the consolidation of Northern Vermont University and Vermont Technical College would result in an estimated 500 employees losing their jobs.

“These are very painful decisions, but they are necessary because we must preserve the VSCS for generations of Vermonters who rely on public higher education to achieve their personal and professional dreams,” said Spaulding in a news release.

“We cannot wait and hope for recovery, we must act decisively to chart a course toward long-term viability.”


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