Saturday, January 3, 2015

New Chancellor, Same Struggle for Vermont State College System - ETHAN DE SEIFE, Seven Days

The Vermont State College system, which educates about 10,000 Vermonters every year, has long suffered repeated strikes from a double-edged sword: declining enrollment and diminished state support. Vermont currently provides just 18 percent of VSC's budget; the rest comes from the rising cost of tuition. Gov. Peter Shumlin signed legislation to increase the state's contribution — but the law was never implemented, and the state budget has since been slashed. The schools — Castleton, Lyndon and Johnson state colleges, Vermont Technical College, and Community College of Vermont — have developed creative programs to attract and retain students. Some have also cut programs or staff — or both — to survive.

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