Since 1992, the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC) has supported our member institutions by creating and delivering programs to:

  • support student success,
  • optimize resources, and
  • provide economic development impact to our region.

Our ten member institutions include universities and community colleges, public, private, and for-profit institutions as well as research and teaching institutions.  Together, we provide a full range of higher education services to our region- which includes the south and southwestern portions of Chicagoland, struggling inner-city neighborhoods, suburbs with vastly diverse economies, and rural populations.  Our mission, to help create an effective workforce, enhance our region, and share our knowledge, provides unique opportunities and challenges in this diverse area.   We encourage you to explore our site to learn more about our beneficial programs and initiatives as well as the Sponsors who provide financial resources to help accomplish our collaborative mission.



SMHEC Institutions…..

  •  Educate nearly 80,000 students each year, 49% of whom are minorities.              
  • Have direct budgets of $1.1 Billion and employ nearly 11,000 people.              

  • Generate $3.1 Billion in economic impact for the state, and are indirectly responsible for 33,000 jobs in Illinois.

 Review our Economic Impact Study