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Trustees Review Plan To Close State Colleges

During a special meeting Monday the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees discussed a controversial proposal to close several of the system’s campuses.
The trustees announced Sunday that they would review but not vote on a plan released by the Chancellor Friday that would close Northern Vermont University and consolidate programs at Castleton University and also close the Vermont Technical College’s Randolph Center campus and move programs to its Williston campus.  

Chancellor Jeb Spaulding told trustees having three residential campuses is more than the system can afford. “When it came to it we only had two realistic choices: continue as we are towards insolvency or transform the system.”

Spaulding says the system faces a deficit between $7 million and $10 million.