Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE)
The 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 participating member institutions;
- To engage in joint or cooperative activities and projects;
- To offer a common voice on maters 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.
Report Details $9 Billion Economic Impact of Pittsburgh’s
Colleges and Universities
The 10 colleges and universities that comprise the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE) generated an overall economic impact of $8.99 billion and supported more than 70,000 jobs in the City of Pittsburgh in FY 2012-13 alone, according to a report prepared by PCHE in collaboration with Fourth Economy, a national economic development consulting firm.
This overall economic impact, which represents approximately 32 percent of the Gross Domestic Product for the City of Pittsburgh, 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.
For more information, read the At-A-Glance Economic Impact Report [link],
the full Economic Impact Report [link], and a
letter from the PCHE Council of Presidents [link] detailing the significance of the report.
Pittsburgh's Colleges and Universities
One of Pittsburgh’s foremost assets, which sets it apart from many American cities, is the breadth and diversity of its institutions of higher education. 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, the ten schools that comprise the membership of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE). Together, they educate more than 54,000 full-time, 24,000 part-time, and 20,000 non-credit students annually.
A Community Advantage
The benefits that accrue to the Pittsburgh region from its colleges and universities go far beyond the direct provision of educational services and training to thousands of area citizens. The ten PCHE institutions represent a formidable engine for maintaining and enhancing the quality of life for all of the citizens of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and Southwestern Pennsylvania. What follows is a snapshot of some of the myriad ways that the PCHE schools, as a group, contribute to the growth and vitality of our community. Read more...