We believe this partnership of a public flagship research university, an historically black college, and a community college — all in a single community — is truly unique.


The Tuscaloosa Consortium for Higher Education (TCHE) was established in 1997 to encourage collaboration among Shelton State Community College, Stillman College and The University of Alabama. While each has a distinctive mission, this partnership has enabled faculty, staff and students of these three institutions to build on complementary strengths and to develop partnerships that will promote educational opportunity, support economic development and enhance the quality of life in the Tuscaloosa community.

Shelton State Community College

Shelton State Community College is a comprehensive institution committed to providing the community innovative and accessible learning opportunities to advance academic excellence, cultural enrichment, workforce training and economic development.

Stillman College

Stillman College is a liberal arts institution committed to fostering academic excellence and to providing high-quality educational opportunities for diverse populations with disparate levels of academic preparation. Primarily a teaching institution, Stillman has a proud and evolving tradition of preparing students for leadership and service in society.

The University of Alabama

The University of Alabama (UA) is the state’s first public university, dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service to advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state, the nation and the world through the creation, translation and dissemination of knowledge with an emphasis on quality programs.


All questions concerning TCHE and the submission process can be directed to the TCHE liaison at each institution.

Shelton State Community College
Byron Abston, PhD
Associate Dean of Student Services
p 205.391.2388  |  c 205.394.0332

Stillman College
Lamin E. Drammeh, EdD, CRA
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Executive Director of Stillman Foundation
p 205-247-8126  |  c 803-834-0306

The University of Alabama
Nicole B. Prewitt, EdD
Director of Programs and Partnerships
for Community Engagement
p 205-348-9819  |  c 205-650-0413