VISION twenty12, the Plan for Academic Enrichment, was crafted by hundreds of DePaul faculty, staff and students, some with the insight of DePaul’s history, others with the enthusiasm of new arrivals. The plan had as its foundation Vision 2006, the Plan to Build Capacity, which finished in 2012. With those successes in mind, DePaul charted a course of university-wide academic enrichment, buttressed by social and civic responsibility, Catholic and Vincentian values, and sound finances.

In 2010, DePaul’s senior leadership created a subset Push agenda. The agenda did not supplant the original plan, but gave special emphasis to certain goals for its last two years. The plan came to a successful conclusion in June 2012.

VISION_twenty12_Final Report, October 2012 

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  • Goal I: Enrich Academic Quality

    ​Increased academic rigor, strategically enhanced curricula and an intensified focus on ethical practices and Catholic theological tradition will drive student learning success as the university continues to tap the city of Chicago to extend classroom learning.

  • Goal II: Prepare Students to be Socially Responsible Future Leaders and Engaged Alumni

    ​At a university noted for its commitment to social justice and civic engagement, students will grow culturally, spiritually and personally into leaders with lifelong connections to their alma mater.

  • Goal III: Be a Model of Diversity

    ​Long known for its emphasis on the success of first-generation, economically disadvantaged urban students, the university will attain leadership in recruiting and retaining a diverse body of students, faculty and staff.

  • Goal IV: Selectively Increase Enrollment

    Undergraduate enrollments will grow through a strategic mix of new transfer students and freshmen who will be intellectually challenged in the classroom. Graduate and adult enrollments will be maximized.​

  • Goal V: Strengthen Financial Position

    ​Financial resources will be strategically and consistently managed to ensure the viability and vitality of the university for generations of students to come.

  • Goal VI: Further Institutionalize DePaul's Vincentian and Catholic Identity

    ​Charged with maintaining the university’s Catholic and Vincentian identity, the board, faculty and staff will foster a learning environment respected for its civic engagement. Business practices fulfilling the needs of faculty and staff will be employed.