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COMS co-founder and current leader Devyn Thompson

Coalition of Minority Students seeks anti-racist pledge approval

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor October 14, 2021

As the Vermont State College System prepares for unification, Northern Vermont University student Devyn Thompson, leader of the Coalition of Minority Students, is seeking another kind of unity by pushing...

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Yes, we can hear you: VSCS Board of Trustees approves Vermont State University name

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor October 14, 2021

On Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, the Vermont State Colleges Board of Tr ustees voted on and approved Vermont State University as the name for the newly consolidated entity which will accredit campuses...

VSCS board ponders new name

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor September 23, 2021

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges Sophie Zdatny announced in an email that the board of trustees would be voting on whether to approve “Vermont State University” as the...

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Optimization begins: aligning academic programs across multiple campuses for a new university

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Managing Editor September 23, 2021

Following what amounted to a mandate from the Vermont Legislature, the VSCS set upon the process of uniting NVU, Castleton and Vermont Tech into a single, multiple-campus institution. For its part, the...

John Mills

An interview with incoming interim president John Mills

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor June 20, 2021

UPDATE: This story was updated on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 to add information about John Mills' August visit to NVU's campuses and to include additional questions asked by Basement Medicine during his...

Elaine Collins

Alumni meeting discusses unification

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor March 18, 2021

On March 10, NVU President Elaine Collins hosted an open meeting for alumni via Zoom to discuss plans for the unification of Castleton, NVU and VTC under a single accreditation. “The last six years...

Board of Trustees talks diversity

Board of Trustees talks diversity

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor March 18, 2021

The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees’ committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) met on March 12 for a primarily informational session. Several reports were given to the board on the...

VSCS Chancellor Sophie Zdatny initiates the conversation

NVU, Castleton and Vermont Tech to merge into single university by 2023

Solil Devyn Borthwick, Copy Editor March 3, 2021

On Monday, Feb. 22, the VSCS Board of Trustees voted to adopt plans proposed by the state’s Select Committee on The Future of Higher Education. The plans call for the Vermont State Colleges System to...

Trustees outline priorities

Trustees outline priorities

Emmett Avery, Staff Reporter November 28, 2020

At its Oct. 16 meeting, the Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees established three priorities for the system: affordability, accessibility, and quality and relevance of academic programming,...

NCHEMS report due Dec. 4

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief November 28, 2020

In less than two weeks, NCHEMS (National Center for Higher Education Management Systems) representatives will present their final draft of their recommendations for the Vermont State College System’s...

Hannah Miller

VSCS Social Justice Partners present “equity and inclusion” plan to trustees at Oct. 16 meeting

Emmett Avery, Staff Reporter November 13, 2020

Across the Vermont State Colleges System, people have been working on social and racial justice issues in campus-based groups, but several months ago, the disparate efforts banded together, and last month,...

NCHEMS presents preliminary report

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief November 13, 2020

During and after their presentation to the Vermont Select Committee, NCHEMS (National Center for Higher Education Management Systems) representatives Brian Prescott and Dennis Jones were met with opposition...

VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding in 2017. Spauldings plan to shutter 3 VSC campuses has been met with controversy and outrage.

Chancellor Spaulding announces resignation

Rebecca Flieder, Editor in Chief April 28, 2020

After his proposal to close three VSCS colleges and a petition with over 2,000 signatures calling for his resignation, VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding has announced via press release that he will step down....

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