UVM United Against the Cuts was formed as a loose coalition of volunteers in the spring of 2020 in response to announcements from UVM’s top administration of numerous cuts, especially those impacting lecturers in the College of Arts and Sciences. It was reactivated the following fall semester when further cuts were announced. Throughout the year hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members collaborated to oppose those cuts with car rallies, press conferences, petitions, panels, teach-ins, social media campaigns, articles and letters in local and national media outlets. This put UVM management on the defensive and pushed back against the worst of their attacks. However, UVM management continues to rely on a narrative of “budget shortfalls” and necessary restructuring. The materials on this website present a corrective to this narrative and show that while there is no financial crisis, there is a crisis of priorities on this campus. We hope that these will continue to be a resource for ongoing and future struggles for the soul of UVM.

UVM Doesn't Have a Fiscal Crisis, It Has a Values Crisis

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UVM Budget Myths vs. the Facts

Justice for UVM Faculty, Staff, & Students

Stop the Layoffs at UVM!
Restore All Programs and Departments!

We call on the Board of Trustees to halt immediately the threatened closure of the departments of Classics, Geology, and Religion; the cancellation of 27 majors, minors, and graduate programs; the consolidation and downsizing of our language and fine arts programs; and the termination of three award-winning and long-serving senior lecturers. We further call on the Board of Trustees to correct UVM’s course on spending priorities. What UVM faces is not a financial crisis but a crisis of priorities.

The Issues

In a nutshell, they say the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) has a “structural” budget deficit. But budgets are planning documents with UVM’s budget planning “structured” to create a budget crisis and trigger downsizing, reorganizing, and intensified work for a leaner and cheaper workforce. Meanwhile, the net tuition revenue CAS brings and should be able to draw on more to support a robust liberal arts curriculum gets siphoned away. Some of those siphoned funds support other important units on campus, like the libraries or teaching and research in other colleges that depend on expensive equipment or intensive pre-professional training and mentoring (think nursing).  But students’ tuition dollars are also going to executive salaries and bonuses, debt service for the super-sized stadium, multi-million-dollar consultant contracts etc. Admin has a vision for campus that’s very expensive: big university amenities and sports, R1 research designation with an emphasis on corporate partnerships and “innovation” for the market. Hence the CAS budget squeeze which other schools and colleges at UVM are beginning to experience: undergrad education squeezed to cough up the cash for a different kind of UVM.

Updates

Seven Days: Major Fallout– UVM Scholars Argue that Cuts to the Humanities Would Imperil the University’s Mission

By UVM United | January 30, 2021

On December 15, Jamie Williamson learned that the coming spring semester, the 30th of his career on the English department …

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Open Letter to the University of Vermont Board of Trustees: Restore UVM’s Resources to Academics

By UVM United | January 30, 2021

This letter with signatures will be shared with trustees, legislators, the press, alumni, and academic and professional societies. CLICK HERE …

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Public Petition to Restore Jobs and Funding to the Liberal Arts at the University of Vermont

By UVM United | January 30, 2021

This public petition is for students, alums, parents, community members, or other supporters of liberal arts education at UVM and …

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Tempest Magazine: Save our school The fight for the future of the University of Vermont

By UVM United | January 25, 2021

Save our school The fight for the future of the University of Vermont Paul Fleckenstein reports on the struggle to oppose …

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