Resolution by the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees

Endorsement of the Strategic Decision to Become a More Comprehensive, Cohesive, Interconnected System with Multiple Distinct Institutions and Renaming Castleton State College to Castleton University

WHEREAS,

The mission statement of the Vermont State Colleges reads, in part: For the benefit of Vermont, the Vermont State Colleges provide affordable, high quality, student-centered, and accessible education; and

WHEREAS,

The best interests of our students and the state of Vermont require that the Vermont State Colleges system functions at the highest levels of collaboration, effectiveness, and efficiency in all aspects of its operations and programs; and

WHEREAS,

The Board of Trustees of the Vermont State Colleges engaged in a strategic inquiry process with the VSC community in 2013-2014 and in doing so identified a primary goal of a unified system with strong collaboration between institutions; and

WHEREAS,

The Board has determined that a focused effort to allow the Vermont State Colleges to become a more comprehensive, cohesive, and interconnected system, comprising multiple distinct institutions, is essential to expand educational opportunities, achieve operational efficiencies, and ensure long-term viability; and

WHEREAS,

The future success of such a system will require renewed dedication to exploring multiple avenues of change, including innovation, consolidation, new partnerships, and new identities; and

WHEREAS,

The Board recognizes that in moving the Vermont State Colleges forward as a more comprehensive, cohesive, and interconnected system that is greater than the sum of its parts, it must allow for changes within the component parts of the system to better accommodate new directions; and

WHEREAS,

One of the system’s component parts, Castleton State College, is prepared to take a well-considered and strategic step forward by changing its name to Castleton University; and

WHEREAS,

The Board, having considered Castleton’s request and explored its implications and consequences, agrees this name change will benefit Castleton and the system, and not be a detriment to the other colleges in the system; therefore, be it

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Trustees affirms its support for a focused and ongoing effort allowing the Vermont State Colleges to become a more comprehensive, cohesive, and interconnected system, with multiple distinct institutions within it, thereby providing students access not only to the resources of their particular college or university, but to the resources of the system as a whole, and enabling the most cost-effective operation of the individual institutions and system; and be it further

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Trustees will, without delay, consider revising the name of the system to better reflect a comprehensive, cohesive, and interconnected system and to better accommodate the changing needs of its component institutions and be it further

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Trustees approves the request of Castleton State College to change its name to Castleton University.