An organization and a movement to protect and ensure the vitality of the Vermont State Colleges in perpetuity.
May 25, 2020: Caledonian Record: “Catamount, NVU Launch Drive-In Movie and Music Series” May 4, 2020: “Interview: Vermont State College Workers and Students Rebuff Shock Doctrine” Interview of Ben Luce by Ashley Smith May 4, 2020: WCAX: “Interim leader: All Vermont state colleges will reopen this fall” Short note apparently indicated the BOT thinks there is enough legislative commitment for bridge funding to keep the colleges open. April 30, 2020: VTCNG: “Ideas flow for saving the state colleges. Money remains biggest problem” Contains statements by Senator Tim Ashe and a list of ideas from a Zoom meeting hosted by the Town of Johnson. April 30, 2020: VTDigger: “ Castleton University president resigns“ President Scolforo’s resignation circumstances Appointment of Interim Chancellor Continued support by Chancellor and BOT Chair for Closure Proposal April 20, 2020, VTDigger: “Drive-through protesters push back on state college closure plan” April 30, 2020, Caledonian Record: Governor and officials were given a month notice. April 29, 2020: Seven Days: “After Public Crisis, Vermont State Colleges System Charts a Difficult Course” Chancellor Spaulding Resignation Notice Reaction of BOT Chair Church Hindes Concerns of Professors Possible Departure of NVU President Collins Possible Departure of Castleton President Scolforo April 29, 2020: Caledonian Record: “Editorial: Crisis of Leadership. We’re running into problems getting information from the Vermont State College administration.” April 27, 2020: Vermont biz: “Scolforo: Castleton University is ready to meet community and workforce needs” April 25, 2020: Valley Reporter: “Jim Kenyon: Vermont Tech isn’t worth saving” One of the only articles to appear supporting the closure proposal. April 23, 2020: NewsLINC: “Future of Early College Around the NEK” April 22, 2020: VPR: Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Withdraws Plan To Close Three Campuses. April 22, 2020: WCAX: “Vt. State Colleges chancellor withdraws proposal to close 3 campuses” April 22, 2020: VTDigger: “Walters: Jeb Spaulding drops a pipe bomb” Background on Jeb Spaulding Funding level graph Insightful discussion of responses and by elected officials, including some rebuttal. April 21, 2020: Caledonian Record: “Closing NVU – Silencing Climate Activists – Janel Hanrahan” April 21, 2020: Bennington Banner: “Joe Benning: Don’t close campuses, fix the state college system” April 20, 2020: VPR News: “‘I Was Dumbfounded’: NVU Professor Organizes Car Parade To Protest Closing Proposal” Postponement of Closure Vote Organization of Car Parade by NVU Professor Ben Luce, with discussion of state funding levels April 20, 2020: VPR: “Gov. Scott: ‘No One Will Be Untouched By This'” April 20, 2020: Caledonian Record: “Sec. Of State Jim Condos: VSC Needs Real Solutions – A Smart Path Forward” April 19, 2020: WCAX: “Vermont State Colleges System likely to close 3 campuses” April 17, 2020: Seven Days: “ Vermont May Close Three State College Campuses“ This was the article that broke the news for many people. December 6, 2019: VTDigger: “ As state colleges weigh reforms, faculty balk at push to go online “ Criticism by faculty of lack of oversight of NVU Online Questioning of profitability of NVU Online by Faculty Federation January 14, 2020: VTDigger: “Tyrone Shaw: Underfunding of state colleges must be remedied” August 27, 2019: “ State colleges take first look at reform ideas“ Discussion of BOT and the “Securing the Future” initiative in 2019. “And while a key premise of the white paper is that additional dollars are unlikely to come from the Legislature, many suggested asking all the same. Vermont perennially ranks near the bottom – if not dead last – in national rankings for state funding of higher education.” “The system is also dealing with substantial deferred maintenance needs” December 1, 2017: Castleton University Website: “Spartan Stadium to be Renamed in Honor of Dave Wolk” August 10, 2015: VTDigger: “Legislator eyes bill to improve VSC funding” March 27, 2014: Vermont Tech President Conroy Retires, Leaves School. Conroy ‘Retirement’ Comes as College Faces $2.5M Deficit. “When asked about whether there was, at present, any investigation into any financial improprieties, Donovan gave an indirect answer…”