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Center for Access and Attainment

The Center for Access and Attainment (CAA) helps orchestrate DePaul’s institutional commitment to educational opportunity for a diverse student population, particularly for low-income and first-generation college students, and students from the immediate Chicago area. This commitment has evolved as the university has grown in quality and reputation and as the economic, demographic and policy environments continue to change. As a result, the center’s programs and activities both reflect and inform a strategic approach to student access and degree attainment in line with the university’s vision to enhance academic quality, deepen connections with the city of Chicago and foster diversity and inclusion.

The center focuses on programs and pathways designed to expand college opportunity and preparation, and forms long-term partnerships with schools, school systems and community organizations that build capacity and civic connection. The center also administers the university’s federal TRIO programs, Student Support Services and McNair Scholars Program, as well as the Arnold Mitchem Fellows program—all designed to support low-income and first-generation students to the timely completion of the baccalaureate degree, and prepare them to enter graduate and doctoral programs.

The center brings institutional attention and intelligence to the question of "access for whom and to what?" It is a question the center approaches through research and practice, developing an ongoing research agenda (in collaboration with Institutional Research and Market Analytics) around student access and attainment at DePaul and developing programs valued not only for the service they provide but the value they add to institutional understanding and strategy.