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Goal 2: Deepen the University’s Distinctive Connection to the Global City of Chicago

Of and for the city of Chicago, DePaul has always been a university with porous borders, deeply connected to the city it considers home. Our students’ education is enriched by our work with our city partners: the city provides both backdrop and content for students’ curricular and co-curricular activity, and informs their intellectual and personal development. The city also provides a window to the world through its international immigrant communities and global partnerships. We will continue to engage our neighbors, forging deep and enduring partnerships to help sustain community, improve civic life and enhance the quality of our urban environment. We will invest in facilities and grounds, infrastructure and technology to enhance the educational experience, develop greater opportunities for interaction among faculty, staff and students, and foster the creation of a vibrant university community.

Objective 2a: Leveraging the global diversity of Chicago, infuse international and comparative perspectives throughout the teaching, research and service missions of the university.

  • Build a faculty development initiative focused on globalization, curricular innovation and preparedness to teach in a global classroom.
  • Enlarge our network of strategic partner institutions across different regions of the world to develop deep and sustained collaborations.
  • Expand opportunities for all students, with particular attention to low-income students, to access transformational experiences, including study abroad.

Objective 2b: Deepen DePaul’s connection with Chicago, enriching students’ educational experiences.

  • Increase internship and professional networking opportunities for all students, including graduate and professional students.
  • In appropriate programs, engage students in problem-based, applied research, advocacy, and learning that addresses urban issues, promotes civic involvement and improves the quality of life for Chicago’s citizens.
  • Strengthen partnerships with the city and the region, expanding our influence as an urban partner.
  • Achieve recognition as the city’s higher education anchor institution and the premier institution for Chicago civic engagement.

Objective 2c: Develop facilities, technology and the infrastructure to support the highest-quality educational experience for students, and enhance the communities in which we live and work.

  • Complete the performing arts facilities, finishing the Fullerton fine arts corridor.
  • Refine the Loop Campus master plan, focusing efforts to create an integrated campus and a strengthened downtown identity and public image. Selectively expand academic space in the Loop, and develop a plan for systematic renovations.
  • Continue strategic additions to academic facilities on the Lincoln Park Campus.
  • Seek opportunities to bring men’s basketball back into the city. 
    Leverage technology to enhance learning, increase efficiency and improve support services.
  • Ensure our residential housing capacity aligns with our evolving student profile.
  • Reduce the university’s carbon footprint within a practical and appropriate framework.
    • Showcase best practices in sustainable operations and administrative processes.
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