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Vermont state schools may merge accreditation of 3 campuses

December 23, 2020 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont select committee has recommended changes to address fiscal challenges within the Vermont State Colleges system, including putting Castleton University, Northern Vermont University and Vermont Technical College under one accreditation.

This merger would grant students greater access to programs across the system and maintain a physical presence across the state, Vermont Public Radio reported.

Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Sophie Zdatny said the recommendation did not call to close locations and will allow schools to “function more as a system and less as a federation of institutions.”

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Zdatny said none of the campuses would be physically merged or eliminated.

The college system’s board of trustees have received the recommendation and asked Zdatny to work with college presidents to explore options over the next few months.