Communique from the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.
I'm delighted that one of the most prestigious organizations in American higher education has recognized DePaul for connecting with its community and for making public service key to its mission.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which announced its first class of designees in a new Community Engagement classification, named DePaul as one of only 62 universities in the nation—and the only one in Illinois—to earn the highest honor.
The foundation's classification signifies “that a university or college has affirmed community engagement in its identity, culture and commitment and constitutes an integral component of institutional culture." That's an apt description of DePaul, where so many of our faculty see their teaching and research as directly linking the Vincentian and the academic missions of the university.
The Carnegie Foundation included DePaul in a category that recognizes institutions that excel in deepening students’ civic learning, address local needs, apply institutional resources for community use and create collaborative interactions.
Community engagement is at the core of the DePaul experience. Engagement ranges from the hundreds of community-based service learning courses—ranked among the nation’s Top 25 for four years running by U.S. News & World Report—to numerous service immersion trips offered to DePaul students, and city-wide community service events like DePaul’s annual Vincentian Service Days.
Combined, these efforts deliver thousands of hours of service to Chicago organizations each year. The Carnegie Foundation honor comes on the heels of DePaul being named one of the country's best universities for fostering social responsibility and public service in the 2005 national guidebook "Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement."
I applaud the faculty and staff who have worked so hard to help DePaul earn these distinctions.