Vermont Business Magazine On June 17, 2022, the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) formally accepted the Vermont State Colleges System’s plan to create a new university, Vermont State University, July 1, 2023.
NECHE commended the VSCS for their comprehensive, multi-year planning, making special note of the realistic and extensive work the system has undertaken, the selection of Dr. Parwinder Grewal as president of Vermont State University, and the significant progress already achieved. NECHE also expressed enthusiasm for learning about the successes of the innovative hybrid operational model that Vermont State University is building.
Lynn Dickinson, Chair of the Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees, released the following statement: “Achieving accreditation for Vermont State University is monumental. Accreditation from the New England Commission of Higher Education recognizes our strategic planning work, holds us accountable for maintaining high educational standards, and ensures we make continuous quality improvements for our students. This approval places high confidence in the trajectory of our unification work and the launch of Vermont State University. Additionally, NECHE’s attention to our proposed hybrid university model is notable because it is a vital component of our strategy to make our educational offerings as accessible as possible for all Vermonters.”
Vermont State University President Dr. Parwinder Grewal commented: “Achieving our accreditation is a tremendous accomplishment as we move forward with the unification of Castleton University, Northern Vermont University, and Vermont Technical College into Vermont State University. Launching Vermont State University July 1, 2023 will enhance the accessibility of higher and continuing education for learners across the state of Vermont. Preparing all students for meaningful work and responsible citizenship is integral to our mission, and each Vermont State University program is being carefully designed to foster intellectual, personal, and creative growth for our learners within the accessible, caring, and inclusive community of Vermont State University. In the coming months, we will open applications for our inaugural class of Vermont State University, creating opportunities for Vermonters to further their learning in an environment that meets them where they are and holds student success as a core value.”
ABOUT THE VERMONT STATE COLLEGES SYSTEM
The Vermont State Colleges System provides affordable, high quality, student-centered, and accessible education and career development opportunities for all Vermonters. In 2020, the Vermont State Colleges System embarked on a period of transformation to unify Castleton University, Northern Vermont University, and Vermont Technical College into a single accredited institution entitled Vermont State University by July 1, 2023. When fully transitioned, the Vermont State Colleges system will be comprised of Vermont State University and Community College of Vermont (CCV). The new University will increase the reach of learning opportunities for all learners, fueling Vermont’s economic pipeline, and creating opportunities for learners of all ages who would otherwise lack access to affordable higher education opportunities. Learn more about Vermont State University at www.vermontstate.edu and the Vermont State Colleges System at www.vsc.edu.
Source: 7.12.2022. Vermont State Colleges