How can Vermont’s deficit-heavy, enrollment-light state colleges find their way to some kind of financial and educational equilibrium? And who will lead them? A task force to probe both questions has been appointed.
"The task force will review ideas and develop recommendations, including to address program duplication; ensure quality, financial viability and access to programs; clarify distinguishing characteristics of each institution; strengthen the system’s focus on core, high-demand programs that meet the needs of today’s students and the Vermont workforce; and reconfigure the system in organization, finances, governance, and accreditation, the statement said. “This is no small lift and we know change is very hard. We also know that we have to change to be relevant and successful for decades to come,” Zdatny said. The task force is expected to give a preliminary report to the interim chancellor and board by Aug. 14."
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