Vermont college cuts staff, adjuncts, classes

by VanessaVaile

not quite in the queen sacrifice category but still an ominous sign of cuts to come for colleges when high school numbers decline

Bryan Alexander

Lyndon State CollegeLyndon State College announced a series of cuts this week, responding to all too common challenges in today’s higher education.

The Vermont campus starts by laying off five administrators.  Then the reductions continue:

Lyndon State will not reappoint some of its adjunct faculty, the college will reduce the number of courses taught by adjuncts and cut “overloads” paid to full-time faculty for taking on additional teaching responsibilities.

Why is this happening?  My readers will be unsurprised to learn:

Joseph Bertolini, president of Lyndon, said the cuts were necessary to address a budget deficit caused by declining enrollment… a $1.5 million gap between income and expenses…

At the start of the 2013-14 school year, Lyndon State had 1,519 students. Last fall the college attracted 1,430 students…

This falls just short of my queen sacrifice model, because no tenured/tenure-track faculty have been cut.  But it does include direct cuts to academic programs being offered:

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