Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education

Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE)

A voluntary, multi-purpose consortium of the eleven accredited colleges and universities in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania


Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE)

The Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE) is a voluntary, multi-purpose consortium of the eleven Middle States 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 Technical College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Point Park University, Robert Morris University, and the University of Pittsburgh.


  • Share resources, insights, and information among participating member institutions
  • Engage in joint or cooperative activities and projects
  • Offer a common voice on matters that affect all member institutions

People, Places & Industry: Economic Impact on the City of Pittsburgh

Just released PCHE Economic Impact Report – PCHE generated an overall economic impact of $9.05 billion in the City of Pittsburgh in 2017, according to the most recent report prepared by PCHE in collaboration with Fourth Economy, a national economic development consulting firm.  For full report download the PCHE Economic Impact Report 2017.

With a focus on the future, PCHE member schools continue to invest in Pittsburgh, employing more than 61,000 individuals and contributing approximately 19 percent of the GDP of the City of Pittsburgh. This overall economic impact is the output generated by the institution’s direct expenditures such as: operations; construction projects; student and visitor spending; research; federal financial aid; and in-kind contributions.

The report states that PCHE members awarded 22,401 degrees in the 2016–17 academic year alone. This included:

  • 1,891 associate degrees
  • 9,982 bachelor’s degrees
  • 9,420 graduate or first professional degrees
  • 1,108 other degrees/certifications

Announcing a new PCHE team member!

PCHE – Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education is pleased to announce that Janelle Carlson will be joining the organization as of July 1, 2021, as our Administrative Assistant. Janelle is currently the Administrative Assistant supporting Dr. David Finegold, President, Chatham University, and will split her time between the PCHE and Chatham University within her new capacity. Janelle brings a broad range of administrative and project management skills and has navigated the higher education sector both as an admin and as a current graduate student. She has worked in previous roles at The Bank of New York Mellon and Allegheny College in a variety of capacities, excelling at supervision, communication, and customer service. Janelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, minoring in Psychology, from Allegheny College, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Communication at Chatham University.


Our PCHE Presidents came together, partnered with the FISA Foundation to produce a Southwest PA Says No More video taking a stance against sexual violence.