The union representing faculty at the Vermont State College System says the administration and union have reached an impasse after five months of contract negotiations while the administration said the two sides are close to resolving several remaining issues.
The Vermont State Colleges said Monday that the two sides plan to meet with a mediator on Aug. 31.
The union says the mission of the state colleges -- to provide affordable, high-quality public higher education -- requires spending on instruction, including faculty compensation to attract and retain skilled faculty.
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Jeb Spaulding, chancellor of the state colleges, said "we all hope for a timely resolution on behalf of faculty, students and the VSCS."
The VSCS is comprised of Castleton University, Community College of Vermont, Northern Vermont University, and Vermont Technical College.