The University of Vermont is joining an ever-expanding list of schools that is cutting faculty and staff.

Interestingly, they have developed some fun new phrases to describe the act of termination: “Not renewing” based on “Incentive Based Budgeting”.

The Dean of College of Arts and Sciences has made cuts in four areas across the college that will affect both students and faculty, said Denise Young- blood, history professor and United Academics president.

“I am very concerned be- cause these cuts will certainly affect the ability of the faculty to deliver a first-rate education to our students,” Youngblood said.

“Education is supposed to be the primary business of the University,” she said.

Youngblood said the reason is that this is necessitated by University-wide budget cuts.

Dean Antonio Cepeda- Benito, of the College of Arts and Sciences, has cut several faculty positions, she said.

The cuts come as part of the University’s new Incentive Based Budgeting plan.

The new system encourages departments to find new ways of bringing in revenue and boosting student retention, according to an article in the Cynic Oct. 22.

“[Incentive Based Budgeting] will allow us to make difficult decisions,” Cepeda-Benito said.

“Everything we do is valuable, and everything is there for a reason,” he said.

“But then you put a price to it, then you have the value against the cost,” Cepeda-Benito said.

As a result the Dean did not renew the contracts of various lecturers in the departments of history and romance languages, Youngblood said.

“There are courses where it is not the end of the world if we don’t have them,” Cepeda- Benito said.

…Many students have ex- pressed outrage with these cuts. “Cutting a professor as engaging and helpful as Brenda [Beaudette-Kaim] is an atrocity,” first-year Jake Collins said. “The fact that they’re cutting a professor who teaches an introductory course in arguably one of the most popular languages in the school is almost laughable.”