The Vermont State Colleges System is in the process of approving and refining what programs will be offered when the merger of Northern Vermont University, Castleton University and Vermont Technical College is complete. A status on what is called the “optimized program array” was provided at the recent VSCS Board of Trustees. Yasmine Ziesler, the chief academic officer for the VSCS, said about two dozen faculty worked on the project over the holiday break, and 13 more programs have now been approved and meet the optimization goals set for the unification. Five more programs are pending approval and seven others are pending other transformation work. “In a nutshell, we’re making really good progress on being able to move these programs forward,” said Ziesler, citing graphic design as one of the programs that faculty worked hard to merge.