Later this year, Tim Donovan will become the new chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges.
Donovan currently heads one those colleges– the Community College of Vermont, so he’s well aware of the challenges facing the system, which also includes Johnson, Lyndon, Castleton State College, and the Vermont Technical College.
Donovan says these rough economic times will prompt parents and students to consider, in his words, "shopping locally" for higher education.
But the economy is also causing state officials to re-think the organization of the system. The idea has been floated to combine the Vermont State Colleges with the University of Vermont. Donovan says it’s not a bad idea to at least study the issue.
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