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Chatham University mulls change to coed for undergraduate programs

| Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, 8:09 p.m.

A Shadyside school that is one of the oldest women's colleges in the United States may soon go coed.

Chatham University's Board of Trustees voted this month to study and consider proposals to make all undergraduate education at the school coeducational on or before its meeting in June, school spokesman Bill Campbell said Tuesday evening.

More than 2,200 students are enrolled in the university's three distinctive colleges, which include Chatham College for Women, which has been a woman's school since it was founded in 1869 as the Pennsylvania Female College on Woodland Road. The school represents less than one-third of the university's enrollment.

Chatham will seek input from alumni, faculty, staff and students to discuss ways to maintain the undergraduate school and increase enrollment, Campbell said.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or mhasch@tribweb.com.

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