Vermont’s Green Mountain College to close in May
POULTNEY, Vt. (AP) — Green Mountain College in Poultney announced Wednesday that it would close its doors after graduation in May due to declining enrollment.
The decision to close the school that describes itself as focusing on environmental, social and economic sustainability was announced at an all-college meeting.
In a release, the college said that Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona, will hire some Green Mountain faculty. Prescott will house all of the school’s records and create a school, or institute that will carry on the Green Mountain name.
College President Robert Allen said officials have worked over the last 18 months to find ways to increase enrollment, reduce costs and keep the campus open and focused on its mission. Some of those ideas were considered as recently as last week, but they were unable to find a viable solution.
“We have reached the point that continued pursuit of these strategies is narrowing the options available for all students, faculty and staff,” Allen said.
The closing of the Vermont campus comes as the college-age population continues to decline in Vermont and New England and there has been an associated decline in enrollment. Several years ago, Green Mountain College had 775 students. It now has 428.
Allen said that Prescott College has a similar, small-college feel, would continue the Green Mountain legacy and “despite the notable change in geography and in climate, would provide for as smooth of a transition as possible for students.”
Green Mountain college has also reached agreements, which still require administrative approval, with seven other colleges, including two in Vermont, to help current students continue their educations.
Green Mountain says it is committed to helping its students and employees “transition to their next opportunity.”