The University of Vermont has slashed its liberal arts programs and faculty, citing a budget deficit. The truth about the university’s financials is more complicated.
Three senior lecturers at the University of Vermont received notice Monday that they would not be reappointed, including one of the university’s few professors who teaches Indigenous studies.
The University of Vermont is cutting 23 programs in the College of Arts and Sciences — 12 of its 56 majors, 11 of 63 minors, and four of 10 graduate programs.
They were protesting a reduction in faculty positions and increased class sizes in introductory classes as well as what they viewed as a flawed presidential search process.
They say the university is moving away from funding its educational mission and that larger class sizes will hurt students.