Vermont Business Magazine Castleton University, part of the Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS), announced Wednesday that it has reached a teach-out agreement with Green Mountain College that ensures many of the students impacted by Green Mountain's impending closure will be able to complete their degrees at nearby Castleton. Castleton will match tuition, waive application fees, and host information sessions. GMC is located in Poultney, just south of Castleton.
"It is our intention to help as many students as possible fulfill their goals and complete their degree requirements without leaving Vermont," said Castleton University President Dr. Karen M. Scolforo. "We are saddened to see Green Mountain College close its doors and our hearts go out to all of the impacted faculty, staff, and students. By making this opportunity affordable and accessible for the students, we can help them remain on track and offer a measure of hope."
Castleton will accept all currently-matriculated students who are in good academic standing at Green Mountain. The University will also provide a financial aid package that will allow current GMC students to attend Castleton at a net tuition price that is equivalent to what they paid in 2018-19, so long as the rate does not fall below Castleton's in-state tuition rate. Additionally, Castleton will waive all application fees and provide an expedited transfer process that will allow GMC students to seamlessly transfer to Castleton.
The University will host several information sessions to help Green Mountain students navigate the transfer process, beginning this week. On January 24 and 25 Green Mountain students are invited to the Castleton campus, with no appointment necessary, to meet with admissions representatives. On Saturday, January 26, Castleton will welcome GMC students at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to group information sessions, and admissions representatives will be on the Green Mountain College campus at a date in the near future.
According to Dr. Scolforo, Castleton will also work diligently with representatives from Green Mountain and Killington to continue to deliver the Killington School of Resort Management program. "We have a strong collaborative relationship with Killington and have already submitted the appropriate paperwork to our accreditors. Pending approval, the Killington School of Resort Management will reside in our newly formed College of Business and provide a blueprint for a cooperative education model to be employed in other programs as determined by our faculty."
Castleton admissions representatives will be visiting the Killington School of Resort Management in the near future to ensure all students pursuing their degrees through the unique program will remain on track to completion, pending approval from the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). The three-year resort management program utilizes a cooperative model in which students attend classes as traditional students, and also receive credit for working in paid positions at Killington.
Castleton will begin accepting applications from GMC students immediately.
For more information, including registration links for Saturday's information sessions, students are encouraged to visit castleton.edu/gmc or contact the Castleton University office of admissions directly at 800-639-8521 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"These students made a commitment to pursue their education in the heart of the Green Mountains and we intend to help them honor that commitment for the betterment of Rutland County, the state of Vermont, and beyond," Scolforo said.