Southern Vermont College

Looking up at Green Mountain College entrance.
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The process of what comes next for three closed Vermont colleges has been a little different for each campus as they try to sell or reimagine how the physical infrastructure can be used. In at least one of these cases, that project has become mired in lawsuits.

"Vermont Edition" broadcasts from Rutland to hear the voices of the leaders and students of the three Vermont colleges that recently closed.
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This month three Vermont colleges held their final graduation ceremonies and now those schools are closed. While there are still 19 colleges in the state, the loss of Green Mountain College, College of St. Joseph and Southern Vermont College will be felt by students, staff and their surrounding communities. Vermont Edition discusses these closings during a live broadcast from the Rutland Free Library.

We're talking about the closing of Green Mountain College in Poultney.
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Two small liberal arts colleges in Vermont will close in a few months, another will stop teaching students at the end of this semester, and one more is on probation. At the heart of each school closing is a troubling financial picture, which is tied to another factor: the school’s accreditation.

A sign that says Green Mountain College and then a building with the name Green Mountain College in the background.
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Two small liberal arts colleges in Vermont will close at the end of this semester. Once students leave Green Mountain College and Southern Vermont College for the last time this spring, how will those schools go about actually shutting down their campuses?

The town manager of Bennington, Vermont, says the closure of Southern Vermont College in his town will be "terrible" for his community. 

An Italian-inspired cascade on the campus of Southern Vermont College. Greenery in the background.
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Southern Vermont College, in Bennington, announced Monday that it will be closing at the end of the spring semester. The college's president, David Evans, made the announcement in a press release sent out Monday morning.

Another small Vermont college is in financial trouble.

Southern Vermont College in Bennington has been asked to show its regional accreditation agency that it has enough money and lives up to the commission's  "institutional resources" standards, according to a joint statement from the college and the New England Commission of Higher Education.