Car rally with UVM students protesting cuts to Liberal Arts

Eleanor Hagopian: What in the world is the UVM leadership thinking?

The University of Vermont administration is planning deep cuts to faculty and programs.

My background is in business, not in academics, and I’ve been disturbed that the University of Vermont’s public statements and other commentary supportive of the administration’s position all seem to be operating on the basis of an assertion that there is a financial crisis and a deficit. Because there is a fiscal crisis, the argument goes, austerity is necessary.

Yet the specifics of the cuts proposed in the name of austerity are baffling, as they appear to be anything but fiscally prudent.

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