1.4 A STATEMENT OF VALUES AND COMMITMENTS
Founded by women in 1929, Carlow University is committed to women, the tradition of
the Sisters of Mercy, the life of the city, a multicultural society, and the potential of people of all ages.
We claim and promote these values:
1. THE LIFELONG PURSUIT OF LIBERAL LEARNING AND PRODUCTIVE WORK.
-- We are committed to advancing the intellectual freedom of women, the exploration
of Judeo-Christian beliefs and values as they relate to human action of the past
and present, and the potential of individuals to act creatively and in good
conscience for the improvement of the human situation.
-- We are committed to a curriculum that provides opportunities for students to open
themselves to a growing body of knowledge and to question that knowledge freely;
to programming that anticipates and responds to the changing educational needs
of women within the changing Pittsburgh community; and to the empowerment of
women to lead self-directed, fulfilling personal and professional lives.
-- We are committed to the continued renewal of a curriculum that integrates new
knowledge about women and gender, and encourages the corresponding
-- We are committed to strong academic and career advisement that draws upon the
scholarship and life experience of faculty and students, and builds mentoring
partnerships with practitioners in industry and the professions.
2. EXCELLENT AND EFFECTIVE TEACHING THAT RECOGNIZES THE LIFE
EXPERIENCE OF STUDENTS AS FUNDAMENTAL TO THE LEARNING
-- We are committed to creative and innovative modes of teaching and learning.
-- We are committed to regarding critical reflection on one’s own historical lived
reality as a source of authentic personal, creative, and transformative
understanding, and to encouraging students to share the richness of their lives
within the educational process.
-- We are committed to developing strong programs of faculty enhancement that
promote the pursuit of scholarship and outstanding teaching.
3. COLLABORATION THAT ENHANCES THE UNIVERSITY’S MISSION AND
-- We are committed to building meaningful partnerships between the Carlow campus
and Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods, business and corporate entities, health and
educational facilities, and arts and cultural organizations, and to expanding the use
of the larger socio-political, cultural, urban community to enhance the learning
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-- We are committed to promoting open and honest communication and collegial
interaction among all college constituencies.
4. MERCY SPIRITUALITY AS THE UNIQUE EXPRESSION OF ITS CATHOLIC
IDENTITY AND RELIGIOUS HERITAGE.
-- We are committed to building life-giving structures for women and children in need
in this region, this nation, and the developing countries of the world.
-- We are committed to identifying intellectual, personal, and professional integrity as
synonymous with wholeness and holiness, and to identifying justice and
compassion for persons in need as the most viable expression of mercy.
-- We are committed to calling one another to the freedom of holiness, and
collaborating with church leaders to promote the equality of women within the
5. THE LEADERSHIP OF WOMEN.
-- We are committed to publicly acknowledging the leadership development of
women as central to our mission.
-- We are committed to establishing a multi-faceted academic and co-curricular
program in leadership that exerts influence throughout the University and the
broader Pittsburgh community, enhancing the moral and political fiber of our
6. A RIGOROUSLY CHALLENGING, NURTURING AND SUPPORTIVE
-- We are committed to reaffirming our conviction that Carlow’s students are
responsible to themselves for their own spiritual and intellectual growth, within an
affirming environment that encourages their working hard to discover and explore
the limits of their individual potential.
-- We are committed to the systematic assessment of student outcomes that includes
as well as transcends academic content, and to preparing students so that, as
graduates, they may be recognized for their leadership and their scholarship.
7. PITTSBURGH, ITS CULTURAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY, RESILIENCE, LIFE,
TRADITIONS AND HERITAGE.
-- We are committed to creating awareness of and appreciation for cultural
differences, to challenging students to confront barriers to human dignity whenever
they occur and to focusing their attention on world, national, and local issues.
-- We are committed to celebrating the differences we enjoy and fostering dialogue
that leads us beyond diversity to the experiences and values that bond us together.
-- We are committed to expanding and deepening our presence in the Hill District of
Pittsburgh through an appropriate implementation of the Bridge of Hope planning
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8. A GENEROUS INVESTMENT IN ITS HUMAN RESOURCES.
-- We are committed to providing access to students with strong academic capability
and limited financial means.
-- We are committed to sustaining a strong program of faculty and staff enhancement
that focuses on personal and professional growth and the responsibility of each
constituency to promote a vital educational environment for students.
-- We are committed to providing athletic, fitness and wellness programming that
contributes to the cultivation of the life of the mind and spirit.
-- We are committed to regarding the salaries of all University employees as an
important fiscal priority of the institution.
9. THE CAREFUL STEWARDSHIP OF ITS ASSETS.
-- We are committed to maintaining financial viability and the creative and cost
effective management of our assets.
-- We are committed to documenting the accomplishments of Carlow graduates to
provide substance to our claim of the significance of their contributions.
-- We are committed to bringing the physical facilities of the campus to a high level of
efficiency, and addressing needs for building renovation and restoration.
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1.5 SPONSORSHIP OF THE UNIVERSITY
Carlow University is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the County of Allegheny.
During the history of Carlow University, the Sisters of Mercy have provided funds, support, land,
personnel, and spirit to the University.
The mission of Carlow University, expressed in both its Mission Statement and its
Statement of Values and Commitment, is consistent with that of the Sisters of Mercy:
Having experienced the MERCY OF GOD,
we are, EMPOWERED by the Spirit of Jesus
TO WITNESS mercy and justice in our world
in FIDELITY to the prophetic values of
COMMITTED to integrity and charity,
WE CALL one another to the freedom of
UNITED with all who share this mission,
WE PLEDGE to serve those in need and
promote life-giving structures.
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1.6 UNIVERSITY ORGANIZATION AND GOVERNANCE
The purpose of the University as set forth in Article Three of the Articles of Incorporation
of the University is as follows:
“The purposes for which the Corporation is organized are exclusively
charitable, scientific or educational within the meaning of Section 501 (c)
(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, and include all
the purposes, powers and privileges conferred upon the Corporation by
the Corporation Not-for-Profit Code, 15 Pa. C.S.A., S7101-8145, as well
as the following more specific purposes: Said Corporation is formed to
establish, support, conduct, and maintain a college for the promotion
and encouragement of education and teaching in the arts and sciences
in all their various forms and the support of literary and scientific
undertakings, with the power to confer the degrees of Bachelor of Arts
and Bachelor of Science, and such other degrees as may be approved
and authorized or permitted from time to time by the properly and duly
constituted legal authorities under Acts of Assembly of the
Commonwealth in such cases made and provided.”
1.6.1 The Board of Corporators
Composition of the Board of Corporators: The members of the University
shall be its Board of Corporators of whom there shall be not less than six
nor more than eight. The President and Vice Presidents of the Sisters of
Mercy of the County of Allegheny (“Sisters”) shall be ex-officio members of
the Board of Corporators. The elected members shall include not more
than two members of the Sisters, all of whom shall be members of the
Board of Trustees.
1.6.2 The Board of Trustees
Governance: The business and affairs of the University shall be managed by the Board of
Composition of the Board of Trustees: The Board shall consist of not
more than 35 members, each of whom shall be classified as an ex-
officio member or an elected member. One-third of the members shall
be Sisters of Mercy. The ex-officio members shall be the ex-officio
members of the Board of Corporators and the President of the
University. Elected members shall be those persons elected by the
Board of Corporators upon nomination by the Board of Trustees.
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1.6.3 Administrative Officers of the University
The President shall be the chief executive officer of the University. She shall be a woman
who demonstrates the ability to actualize the mission of the University and of the Sisters of Mercy. The
a. execute, promptly and effectively, all resolutions, policies, rules and regulations
adopted by the Board of Trustees and perform all duties prescribed by the Board
b. formulate and recommend to the Board policies, programs, and plans for the
educational, financial, physical, developmental, and governmental relationships of
c. make all appointments of faculty, staff, and employees of the University;
d. establish a management organization, which may include a President’s Council
and other councils and committees, to carry out effectively the policies of the
University, insure that the University is properly staffed with personnel competent
to discharge their responsibilities and to carry out said policies effectively, and
provide adequate opportunities for the development and advancement of
e. prescribe the specific duties and assignments of the principal administrative
officers reporting to her in a manner consistent with the provisions of these Bylaws
and establish and define the duties of committees and councils to advise and
assist her in the execution of her duties;
f. approve or disapprove the policies and procedures of all such administrative
officers and administrative committees and councils. She may suspend any action
taken by such officer or committee or council which she believes to be in conflict
with the general policies and procedures of the University;
g. direct, in cooperation with the Treasurer and the Finance Committee of the Board
of Trustees, the preparation and presentation to the Board of Trustees a proposed
budget for the ensuing fiscal year. This presentation shall take place at a time no
later than the spring meeting of the Board;
h. take the necessary steps to see to the enforcement of such budget when adopted;
i. keep the Trustees accurately informed of the affairs of the University on a timely
j. consult with the Board of Trustees or the Executive Committee on major issues
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k. prepare and submit to the Board of Trustees, as soon as practicable after the close
of the fiscal year, an annual report and such special reports as she may deem
desirable and as the Board may require, such special reports to include a listing of
the deans and faculty members (to be presented at the spring meeting of the
l. serve as the chief spokesperson and interpreter of the University to its several
constituencies and take leadership in obtaining support of the University from all
220.127.116.11 Administrative Team
The Administrative Team is comprised of the senior administrators of the University: the
President, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, the Vice President for Enrollment
Management, the Vice President for Planning and Administration, the Vice President for Finance, the
Vice President for Continuing Education and Graduate Studies; plus the Dean of Students and the
Executive Director of Advancement.
The Administrative Team meets each week to deliberate on matters related to the internal
governance of the University and to address matters related to the operations of all administrative areas
of the University. The Administrative Team is ultimately responsible for the implementation of all policies
and procedures throughout the University.
18.104.22.168 Administrative Council
The Administrative Council is comprised of members of the Administrative Team, the Director of
Multicultural Affairs, the Chair of the Faculty Senate, four representatives of the full-time faculty, the
Chair of the Staff Assembly, and two students.
The Administrative Council advises the President on program development, interpreting
the external environment in light of the University’s Statements of Mission and Values.
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22.214.171.124 Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean
The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean is responsible for providing
visionary, innovative, creative and dynamic leadership within the academic area of the University. She
reports directly to the President.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean serves as the chief
academic officer of the University and is responsible for the total academic program of the University,
quality of teaching, the advising of students and the requirements for graduation. In addiiton, the Vice
President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean is responsible for the preparation of the academic
budget and calendar, as well as for the long range planning within the academic area. She maintains a
close relationship with the faculty and promotes an exchange of information and sharing of planning and
concerns through regular meetings with the chairs of academic divisions and periodic meetings with
groups of faculty. The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean is chairperson of the:
Academic Standing Committee
Committee on Academic Rank and Tenure
In an ex-officio capacity, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean
serves as a member of the Admissions Policy Committee. The Curriculum Committee reports to the
Faculty Assembly and to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean. Further
responsibilities include but are not limited to coordinating the activities of the following faculty and staff as
they support the academic programs of the University:
Director of Hill Education Center
Director of International Students
Director of the Learning Center
Director of the Library Services
Director of Media Center
Director of Career Services
Director of Advising
The Vice President for Academic Affairs shares authority with the Vice President for
Continuing Education and Graduate Studies in areas that pertain to the development of programs and
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126.96.36.199 Vice President for Enrollment Management
The Vice President for Enrollment Management is responsible for providing visionary,
innovative, creative and dynamic leadership within the area of enrollment management. He reports
directly to the President on all matters pertainng to the internal management and the operations of the
enrollment management area.
The Vice President for Enrollment Management is responsible for the overall planning,
organization, and direction of enrollment services at Carlow University, including direct supervision of all
aspects of Admissions, Financial Aid, and the recruitment and retention of traditional aged, adult, transfer,
international, and graduate students of the University.
188.8.131.52 Vice President for Planning and Administration
The Vice President for Planning and Administration is responsible for providing
visionary, innovative, creative and dynamic leadership within the areas of planning. She reports directly
to the the President on all matters pertaining to internal management.
The Vice President for Planning and Administration is responsible for the University’s
total long range planning process that includes, but is not limited to: 1) designing, establishing and
evaluating the University’s process for long range strategic planning; 2) monitoring and facilitating the
implementation and evaluation of the Plan; 3) recommending, overseeing, and carrying out studies to
support the planning process; 4) initiating, writing grant proposals and identifying sources of funding to
support planning goals. She is responsible for maintaining relationships with governmental bodies - -
federal, state, and local.
The Vice President for Planning and Administration fulfills the responsibility of University
Secretary (University Bylaws, Article VII, Sections 4 and 5).
184.108.40.206 Vice President for Finance
The Vice President for Finance serves as the chief financial officer of the University. She
reports directly the the President on all matters pertaining to internal management and the operations of
the finance area.
Responsibilities include supervision of the business and finance areas of the University;
long range financial planning; the budget process: preparation, development, control; preparation of
major financial reports; supervision of the University audit; investments; financial aid; payroll; student
accounts and student loans.
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220.127.116.11 Vice President for Continuing Education and Graduate Studies
The Vice President for Continuing Education and Graduate Studies reports directly to the
President, and she is responsible for the administration of continuing education and graduate studies.
Other responsibilities include the implementation of new programmatic initiatives, and expansion of the
educational vision in programming and effective delivery systems including distance learning. The Vice
President for Continuing Education and Graduate Studies shares authority with the Vice President for
Academic Affairs to ensure the quality and excellence of the academic requirements.
1.6.4 Administrative Staff - Administrative Staff assist the President and each member of
the Administrative Team.
18.104.22.168 The following administrative staff members are responsible to the President.
22.214.171.124.1 The Executive Director of Advancement is responsible for providing
visionary, innovative, creative and dynamic leadership within the area of Advancement. She
reports directly to the President on all matters pertaining to the internal managementt and the
operations of the Advancement area.
The Executive Director of Advancement provides comprehensive organization and management
in the fund raising affairs of the University and in Alumnae Relations. She will direct the
University’s major fund raising activities. She advises the President on matters relating to fund
raising and Alumnae Affairs.
126.96.36.199.2 The Dean of Students reports directly to the President and is
responsible for the co-curricular and Student Services area of the University. The Dean of
Students is committed to fostering the maximum leadership potential of each student in the
University and oversees all student co-curricular activities. The Dean of Students must
approve all student organizations on campus and approves allocation of funds for activities.
188.8.131.52.3 The Director of Public Relations reports directly to the President and
is responsible for directing the University’s Public Relations division, encompassing internal and
external communications activities.
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184.108.40.206 The following administrative staff members are responsible to the Vice President for
Academic Affairs and Academic Dean.
220.127.116.11.1 The Director of Hill Education Center is responsible for the leadership and
direction of all facets of the Hill Education Center campus. The Director is accountable
for the on-going quality and integrity of the academic program and for services
appropriate to the needs of Hill College students.
18.104.22.168.2 The Director of International Studies provides the guidance and
support necessary for these students to progress toward degree completion. The Director
continues to assist international students with immigration documents. The Director strives to
promote cultural awareness through the International Student Association.
22.214.171.124.3 The Director of the Learning Center manages the Learning
Center’s academic support program including placement testing, tutoring, and portfolio
instruction. The Director also coordinates the work of the instructional team made up of the
Learning Skills Specialists for English, Mathematics, Science, Reading, and Study Skills.
126.96.36.199.4 The Director of Library Services oversees the staffing and daily
operations of the Library and plans for growth in resources and service in collaboration with the
Library Committee and the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean.
188.8.131.52.5 The Director of the Media Center has the responsiblity to provide
for the availability of media equipment in classrooms or theaters as requested by faculty for
teaching or student related activities. The Director is also responsible for providing such
equipment for authorized programs on campus. The Director estabishes procedures for
requesting equipment, maintains all such equipment in good working order, and assists faculty
and staff who need to learn how to operate equipment. The Director and staff are not available
to operate equipment except by special request for major University functions.
184.108.40.206.6 The Director of Career Services is responsible for career counseling, career
placement, interfacing with the Alumnae Department on career matters, participating in job fair
organization with other area colleges, sitting on the PCHE Placement Committee, internships,
credential file maintenance. She represents Carlow on the PCHE Placement Committee.
220.127.116.11.7 The Director of Advising oversees the advising process and
advanced standing evaluations for students in all Carlow University programs. The Director is
responsible for carrying out policies established by the Advising Committee and accepted by the
18.104.22.168.8 The Registrar plans and conducts academic registration and post-
registration systems, and maintains and updates the student records system. The Registrar is
responsible, in cooperation with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean and
Chairs of Divisions, for the preparation, publication, and distribution of the schedule of
classes. The Registrar provides the academic divisions and faculty advisors with
student data, including class schedules, grades, transcripts, and other resource information;
prepares the audit of senior academic records in preparation for graduation; and provides transcript
services for students and alumni. The Registrar is an ex-officio member of the Curriculum
Committee, the Admissions Policy Committee, and the Committee on Academic Standing.
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22.214.171.124 The following administrative staff members are responsible to the Vice President for
126.96.36.199.1 The Director of Admissions is responsible for the process of
recruitment and admission of all traditional first-time freshmen. This process includes, but is not
limited to, on campus events, college fairs, and high school visits. This person also has a
personal recruiting goal.
188.8.131.52.2 The Director of Financial Aid is responsible for the procurement and
appropriate disbursement of all financial aid funds including, but not limited to, those of the
University. In addition the director is responsible for completing and submitting in a timely
manner, all required reports.
184.108.40.206.3 The Assistant to the Vice President for Enrollment
Management is responsible for coordinating the activities of admissions and financial aid
operations as they relate to the recruitment and admissions of all categories of students in the
area of this Vice President. In addition, this person is responsible for recruiting freshmen and
traditional transfer students.
220.127.116.11 Administrative staff members responsible to the Vice President for Planning and
18.104.22.168.1 The Executive Director of Children’s Programs reports to the Vice
president for Planning and Administration and coordinates activities with the Chair of the
Education Division. The Executive Director supervises the Directors of Programs for Children:
Carlow Campus School, the Children’s Center, the Carlow Hill Education Center Child Care and
any new initiatives to assure ongoing development and long range improvements in keeping with the
values of the University and the Mercy philosophy of education. The Executive Director
coordinates, integrates, and supervises all Carlow programs which directly benefit children.
22.214.171.124.1.1 The Director of Campus School is responsible for developing and
interpreting the philosophy and program of the Campus School for the benefit of the students
and their parents, for the University community, and for the Pittsburgh Educational and Civic
Community. The Director is an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Education and works
directly with that faculty in developing curriculum and exemplary teaching strategies with
Campus School faculty.
126.96.36.199.2 The Director of Computer Services is responsible for the operation,
support and development of the administrative computer system. The Director audits the
database for integrity, monitors the system for security, provides training and enhancements to
users of the system, and provides data services to administration and other campus personnel.
The Director is a member of Carlow’s Information Technology Advisory Council.
The Director reports to the Vice President for Planning and Administration.
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188.8.131.52.3 The Director of the Office of Institutional Research organizes the
Carlow student database to meet the needs of ongoing and long range research required
internally and by official public and private institutions and businesses, includingofficial
publications on University admissions. The Office cooperates with state reporting protocols and
private college research institutes who have permission to use Carlow data for studies and
184.108.40.206.4 The Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs develops and
strengthens the University’s research and funding infrastructure and promotes interest in
government grants, especially those that support and have the potential to improve
teaching through research experiences for faculty and students. The Office of
Sponsored Programs provides service and support to encourage grant development among
faculty and interest in research among faculty and students.
220.127.116.11.5 The Director of the Office of Grants Management is responsible for
the grants research and development process in support of the University’s academic and
student life programs. This office is integrally related to the development of restricted monies for
programs, scholarships and endowments.
18.104.22.168 The following administrative staff members are responsible to the Vice President for
22.214.171.124.1 The Controller is responsible for the functions of the Business Office.
These functions include maintenance of the general ledger, accounts payable and certain
purchasing functions, cash management and assistance in preparation and review of the annual
126.96.36.199.2 The Director of Student Accounts and Student Loans
coordinates and supervises the collection of all monies due the University through in-house
procedures and outside agencies. The director is responsible for the cashier function, as well as
maintenance of the accounts receivable.
188.8.131.52.3 The Director of Human Resources and Payroll is responsible for the
implementation of all personnel matters within the University. The Director monitors compliance
with personnel-related State and Federal regulations and programs (EEOC, Workers
Compensation, ERISA, etc.). The Director manages the Staff Handbook, coordinates hiring
procedures and manages employee benefit programs, as well as supervises the payroll function
for the University.
184.108.40.206.4 The Director of Operations is responsible for the maintenance and
operation of the physical plant and the grounds. The Director supervises the Housekeeping and
Maintenance staffs, as well as Mailroom and Telephone Services and the Copy Center.
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220.127.116.11 The following administrative staff members are responsible to the Vice President for
Continuing Education and Graduate Studies.
18.104.22.168.1 Director for Enrollment of Non-Traditional Students -
22.214.171.124.2 Director of Masters of Science in Professional Leadership
126.96.36.199.3 Director of Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education
and Early Childhood Supervision
188.8.131.52.4 Director of Masters of Education in Educational Leadership
184.108.40.206.5 Director of Masters of Science in Nursing
220.127.116.11 The following administrative staff members are responsible to the Dean of Students.
18.104.22.168.2 Campus Ministry
22.214.171.124.3 Campus Security
126.96.36.199.4 Children’s Center
188.8.131.52.5 Communication Center
184.108.40.206.6 Counseling Center
220.127.116.11.7 Food Services
18.104.22.168.8 Health Services
22.214.171.124.9 Multicultural Affairs
126.96.36.199.10 Residence Life
188.8.131.52.11 Student Development
184.108.40.206.12 Student Organizations
220.127.116.11.13 Special Events
The role descriptions of staff and other details related to Student Life can be found in the current
18.104.22.168 The following administrative staff member is responsible to the Executive Director of
22.214.171.124.1 The Director of Alumnae Relations is the official University
representative for all alumnae programs and policies. The Director manages the Alumnae Office
and has charge of all the records, reports, and correspondence of the Office and the
Alumnae Association. In addition, the Director is responsible for all publications to the
Alumnae Association, supplies the University administration, faculty, and students
with information pertinent to both the University and the Association, and works with the
departments of admissions, computer services, development, public relations, special
events, and academic departments on matters of joint interest.
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