Alumni Engagement Figures in Vision 2018:
Dedication to Excellence, Commitment to Community
As the academic year began, the DePaul community launched a six-year strategic plan with a kick-off celebration at the Lincoln Park Quad. Vision 2018 includes goals and initiatives to reinforce the university’s strengths and enhance academic excellence that will “inspire new ideas and motivate all segments of the university to search for ways to make an even stronger DePaul,” says the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president. The plan was formed with input from all corners of DePaul, including alumni.
As the university moves ahead, so do its alumni
“What I hear most often from our alumni is that they want to know that their degree mattered and that the continuation of DePaul’s mission and the strengthening of DePaul’s model—even its business model—are important,” says Scott Van Hoose (BUS ’90), alumni board president and leader of DePaul’s Colorado alumni chapter.
Van Hoose and other alumni board members joined the strategic planning process last year in a working session with Interim Provost Pat O’Donoghue and Jay Braatz, vice president for planning and presidential administration. The board learned about elements that might be considered in the plan and were invited to consider how those might engage and benefit alumni. In a second session, alumni board members met with Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Lawrence O. Hamer, who served on the strategic plan steering committee. The group focused on ways to deepen connections with Chicago through the DePaul experience.
Because living in Chicago was such a large part of being a student at the university, the “ever-present connection with Chicago is also a key component for alumni,” Van Hoose says. “To deepen its roots into the city of Chicago will bring continued prestige to DePaul and more visibility, which creates a stronger link with our alumni.”
“The opportunity to engage in planning allows alumni to voice what they want to see or what they wish they had while at DePaul. We’re able to reflect on our experience and put thoughts into actions,” says board member Valerie Ruiz (CMN ’09).
- Enhance academic quality and support educational innovation.
- Deepen the university’s distinctive connection to the global city of Chicago.
- Strengthen our Catholic and Vincentian identity.
- Foster diversity and inclusion
- Ensure a business model that builds the university’s continued strength and educational excellence.
For more information about Vision 2018, please view the plan video at vision2018.depaul.edu.
New DePaul/Rosalind Franklin Alliance for Health Sciences Addresses Nation’s Shortfall in Health Care Education
Responding to increasing national shortages of health care professionals and the programs through which they are educated, an alliance between DePaul University and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science will create new pathways in health care education.
At an announcement event Oct. 3 at the Lincoln Park Campus, DePaul and Rosalind Franklin administrative and academic leaders and members of the Chicago-area health care community heard about the array of opportunities the alliance will create for students pursuing careers in health.
“This is good for the workforce, good for the community, and good for our students,” said Rosalind Franklin President and CEO K. Michael Welch.
Faculty members from the two institutions will work together to design curricula that emphasize interprofessional collaboration and hands-on experiences from the freshman year through completion of a professional degree. Early admission pathways available beginning in fall 2014 to highly qualified and motivated students will streamline progress through undergraduate work at DePaul into highly competitive master’s and doctoral programs at Rosalind Franklin. These programs include medicine, pharmacy, pathologist’s assistant, podiatric medicine, physician’s assistant and physical therapy.
The two institutions will deepen each other’s academic programs, develop programs as needs emerge and expand student access to clinical sites. The alliance opens up many opportunities for collaboration and research involving faculty and students.
“This is a historic day for DePaul, and I congratulate the many faculty and administrators who worked so hard for three years to bring us to this moment,” said the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul.
Visit alliance.depaul.edu for details.