Office of the President > Strategic Directions > Grounded in Mission > Prepare students for global citizenship and success
IN AN INTERCONNECTED GLOBALIZED SOCIETY, A QUALITY
EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE WILL REFLECT THE COMPLEXITY OF CULTURAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES,
THE DIVERSITY OF OPINIONS AND WAYS OF THINKING, AND APPRECIATION OF DIFFERENCE.
DePaul undergraduates deserve a rich educational foundation that exposes them
to the diverse disciplinary perspectives and practices that the liberal arts
cultivate. As technology and globalization transform our world, DePaul
graduates will succeed by drawing on critical-thinking skills, intercultural
and multilingual competence, and disciplinary breadth as well as the practical,
problem-solving mindset that experiential learning instills. By fostering these
skills and dispositions and better supporting student degree progress and
career exploration, we will bolster students’ academic and professional
3.1 Ensure that
DePaul prepares undergraduate students to be well-rounded critical thinkers and
A. Ensure the university upholds a shared commitment to
broad-based liberal arts education as integral to students’ success in an
interconnected global society.
B. Ensure that all graduates demonstrate core competencies
and transferable skills (e.g., cultural agility; technological, information,
and data literacy; computational thinking; critical and systems thinking;
effective communication; and ethical and moral reasoning)
C. Increase the global perspectives and multilingualism
of DePaul graduates.
undergraduate students’ first-year academic success, as well as their
retention, progress, and timely degree completion
A. Ensure that all instructors of first-year courses use
effective classroom practices to improve long-term student success.
B. Enhance the freshman first-year experience to support
successful transition to DePaul, inclusion in the DePaul community, and
C. Create college- or program-specific first-year
experiences for entering transfer students to better integrate them into the
DePaul community and their academic program.
D. Increase the use of high-impact practices in classes
across programs, among them learning communities, project-based learning,
e-portfolios, global learning experience projects, and supplemental instruction
in targeted courses.
E. Develop programs that focus on the retention and
degree completion of student populations most at risk.
F. Promote student health and wellness through improved
communication and accessible evidence-based services and programs.
G. Leverage predictive analytics to identify students at
risk of attrition quarterly and ensure intervention.H. Improve overall student degree progress by using
improved course scheduling analytics.
3.3 Enhance the
value of the DePaul degree by improving student career readiness and outcomes
A. Develop a career exploration component in the
undergraduate curriculum of every program.
B. Engage first-year students in career exploration.
C. Expand student and alumni participation in the Alumni
Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program.
D. Expand the Educational Development Grant for
Employability (EDGE) program to engage more students in career-oriented
E. Enhance the Career Center’s ability to help students
3.4 Expand the
commitment to experiential learning, including service learning, student
research, study abroad, and internships
A. Increase the number of students participating in
internships through engagement with employers, alumni, and funders.
B. Enhance support for global learning, including study
C. Leverage the city of Chicago in students’ learning
D. Expand the numbers of international students on campus
to enrich the learning experience for all students.
E. Increase opportunities for students to engage in