Vermont College To Close, Arizona College To Help

Published: Monday, January 28, 2019 - 5:00am
Updated: Monday, January 28, 2019 - 8:27am

A college in Vermont will close but not disappear, thanks to a college in Arizona.

After holding graduation ceremonies this May, Green Mountain College will close its campus in Vermont.

According to a press release, Prescott College will hire some Green Mountain faculty, house all its academic records, and create a center that carries on Green Mountain’s name. The two schools are founding members of the EcoLeague consortium of environmentally focused colleges.

“If we could not remain here in Poultney, our goals had been to find an institution that had already committed to a sustainability curriculum, had a similar small college feel, would continue the Green Mountain legacy, be committed to ensuring that there would be little or no direct financial or academic impact on our students 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 President Robert Allen said in a prepared statement.

Green Mountain said a college age population decline in Vermont and New England over the past decade led to a drop in enrollment while costs have increased. The deal must still be approved by The New England Commission of Higher Education and The Higher Education Commission.

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