News Update

Following are links to various news reports following Chatham University’s announcement of the Board of Trustee’s vote in favor of a resolution to: “Further study and consider proposals to make all undergraduate education at Chatham University coeducational on or before its June 2014 meeting.”

Chatham trustees to vote Thursday on going coed
April 30, 2014
Pittsburgh Business Times

Chatham University trustees set vote on going co-ed
April 30, 2014
Pittsburgh  Tribune-Review

As Chatham U. mulls going coed, dean of women’s college resigns

April 30, 2014
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Leap to survival: Chatham should go coed to ensure its future
April 29, 2014
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chatham faculty statement backs decision to consider going coed
April 5, 2014
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Barazzone: Shift to coed a “tremendous opportunity” for Chatham
March 12, 2014
Pittsburgh Business Times

Chatham University trustees reject coed delay
March 12, 2014
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chatham University Considering Going Co-Ed
March 6, 2014
KDKA News

Chatham president says going coed is vital for university’s finances
March 6, 2014
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chatham president says change to coed necessary for school to survive
March 6, 2014
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Chatham University’s freshman numbers wither
March 5, 2014
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Going coed often only option
March 3, 2014
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Chatham’s choice: Realities of modern times force a hard decision
February 21, 2014
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Do all-female colleges have a place in the U.S.?
February 21, 2014
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chatham University may admit male undergrads for first time
February 20, 2014
WTAE News

Coed possibility concerns Chatham alumnae
February 19, 2014
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chatham alumnae mobilize against move to admit men
February 19, 2014
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Chatham’s decision to go co-ed poses threat to diversity of US higher-education system
February 19, 2014
The Pitt News (University of Pittsburgh student newspaper)

Chatham University considers enrolling men as undergraduate students
February 18, 2014
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  

  1. Kelly McKown says:

    We appreciate all of the media coverage that the proposal has received so far. It’s clear that the issue of Chatham’s future is much at the heart of the city of Pittsburgh, and we are committed to keeping one of the city’s treasures, a 145-year old college for women!

  2. Jessica McMeyer says:

    Well stated Kelly, I completely agree!

  3. Chatham Alumna says:

    Would be better of the administration to share with the community that the vote at the board meeting will actually take place on May 1.

    “Further study and consider proposals to make all undergraduate education at Chatham University coeducational on or before its June 2014 meeting.”

  4. Sally Davoren says:

    Here’s an article you must have missed:

    Chatham faculty statement backs decision to consider going coed
    April 4, 2014 11:22 PM
    By Bill Schackner / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Chatham University has released an unsigned statement it says was approved by the university’s faculty endorsing a controversial decision by school trustees to consider admitting men into the undergraduate women’s college to ease enrollment and financial woes.

    University spokesman Bill Campbell said Friday that faculty representatives who helped draft it did not wish to be interviewed, nor do they want to release a vote total or a breakdown of votes cast for and against.

    The statement immediately was criticized as not credible Friday by an alumnae group trying to preserve the 145-year-old single-sex college.

    Authors in the statement refer to themselves only as “the faculty of Chatham University.”

    The four-paragraph message said it is once again time for Chatham to change.

    “We recognize that the proposal to become coeducational is based on the need to expand and enrich our undergraduate college in response to changing demographics and student interests in higher education,” it read in part. “We want our students to have a range of choices in their majors and courses, vibrant classrooms, and robust programs. Therefore, the faculty of Chatham University conclude that the next logical step is for the Board of Trustees to consider coeducation to help us achieve these goals.

    “We do not consider this option lightly, nor do we consider it a panacea.”

    It was unclear how many votes by full-time faculty eligible to take part came from those teaching within the all-women’s college or from other areas of Chatham already coed. It was posted Thursday to a blog on Chatham’s website.

    Mr. Campbell said the statement was not an outright endorsement of going coed, noting it also asked that trustees consider all options and listen to all constituencies. He said the university has 106 full-time faculty.

    “At this point, the faculty reps do not wish to speak to the media and refer all [interview] requests to the statement as their official position on the resolution/issue under discussion,” he said by email Friday.

    He said a trustee vote on the coed idea is expected either May 1 or June 6. “When that happens … I’m working to have faculty representation lined up to speak to the media.”

    Alexa New, a 2008 graduate from Cleveland and a spokeswoman for a group dubbed the Save Chatham movement, said the anonymous statement is one more reason members have grown frustrated with the process.

    “We simply can’t give a statement like this any weight without it being signed by name,” she said. “Chatham administration should answer: Who are the faculty members included in this vote?”

    Chatham does not have an elected faculty body, Mr Campbell said. Instead, the statement idea was put forward by administrators who serve on Chatham’s “University Committee,” which met with undergraduate and graduate faculty respectively on March 21 and 27. The panel consists of six administrators, six faculty and Chatham president Esther Barazzone, who did not attend either meeting, Mr. Campbell said.

    Undergraduate faculty voted initially to take a position, Mr. Campbell said. A draft statement had already been initiated by the dean of the women’s college and the vice president of academic affairs in collaboration with faculty on the panel, Mr. Campbell said. One or more modified versions were considered before the statement was approved, Mr. Campbell said. It also was approved during the graduate faculty meeting.

    He would say only that there was a quorum at both meetings.

  5. Rachel Lenzi says:

    The federal government released yesterday a list of 55 institutions that are being investigated for potential Title IX violations, not limited to but including sexual assault and sexual harassment. As a co-educational institution, Chatham now has a whole new set of issues and ramifications it must educate itself upon.

    And I will not financially or intellectually enable this type of learning environment.

    http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-releases-list-higher-education-institutions-open-title-i

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