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studentsThe Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE) is a voluntary, multi-purpose consortium of the ten accredited colleges and universities in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1966, the membership includes Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, La Roche College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Point Park University, Robert Morris University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

From the beginning, PCHE's purposes have been:

  • To provide a means for sharing resources, insights, and information among the member institutions;
  • To engage in joint or cooperative activities and projects;
  • To offer a common voice on matters that affect all of the member institutions.

Through association and collaboration, the diverse membership of PCHE works to enhance the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of Pittsburgh. Cooperation through PCHE strengthens each individual institution, its faculty, its administration, and its student body.

PCHE pursues these goals through several principal programs:

  • Joint recruitment and admissions activities;
  • Public relations efforts on behalf of its member institutions;
  • Cross-registration of students; and
  • Conferences and workshops for faculty and staff.

In addition, meetings among administrative counterparts from each institution provide a network of communication and cooperation.

Collectively, PCHE colleges and universities:

  • Educate more than 55,500 full-time, 24,000 part-time and 20,000 non-credit students;
  • Employ more than 25,000 individuals; and
  • Have direct economic impact to the region in excess of $2 billion

Mission

PCHE is a volunteer, multi-purpose consortium of the 10 colleges and universities located in Allegheny County, PA. From the beginning, its purposes have been to provide a means for sharing resources, insights, and information among member institutions; engage in joint or cooperative activities and projects; and offer a common voice on matter that affect all of the member institutions.

Purpose

The Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education is an independent, volunteer educational and eleemosynary organization incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The specific purposes of PCHE are:

  • to represent by common voice the joint opinion of the Pittsburgh area's universities and colleges on such educational issues as the Council may wish to address;
  • to exchange information among the member institutions;
  • to engage in activities that will facilitate cooperation among the members, expand educational opportunities, and conserve the institutional resources of the membership;
  • to identify areas where two or more institutions may cooperate;
  • to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of the city and region by joint sponsorship of programs that the Council may deem appropriate; and
  • to carry on any other activity necessary or incidental to the aforementioned purposes, provided that such activities are permitted in corporation exempt from Federal Income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as amended or any other corresponding future provision of the code. 


Contact Us

Karina Chavez
Executive Director
Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-657-8105 (phone)
kchavez!@pointpark.edu

 


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