DePaul University nationally ranked service-learning program integrates service into the curriculum and inspires students to make a lifelong commitment to service and social justice. Service-learning complements the university's longstanding dedication to serving first-generation and underserved student populations and to addressing social issues through more than 45 specialized centers and institutes. The Steans Center services over 3000 students a year through community and civic engagement projects and has been nationally recognized as one of the top schools in the nation for community-based service learning. The university has received numerous awards and distinctions including the Presidential Higher Education Honor Roll with Distinction, the Carnegie Foundation Classification for Curricular Engagement and Outreach Partnerships, and the US News & World Report Best Colleges for Service Learning.
Recent graduates from DePaul University have a knack for service. So says City Year, a national organization that unites young people for a year of service in high-need urban schools. This year, 14 Blue Demon alumni are among City Year's 2,000 corps members, earning the university a place among the nonprofit organization's top-10 "feeder" schools. DePaul was the only Chicago university in the top 10. City Year supplies talent who commit to a year of full-time service keeping students in school and on track.
This classification describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. In 2006 DePaul University received the Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships classification.
The Curricular Engagement and Outreach classification focuses on institutions where teaching, learning and scholarship engage faculty, students, and community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration. Their interactions address community-identified needs, deepen students' civic and academic learning, enhance community well-being, and enrich the scholarship of the institution. The classification also identifies those institutions that provided compelling evidence of one or both of two approaches to community engagement. Outreach focuses on the application and provision of institutional resources for community use with benefits to both campus and community. Partnerships focus on collaborative interactions with community and related scholarship for the mutually beneficial exchange, exploration, and application of knowledge, information, and resources (research, capacity building, economic development, etc.).
The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement. DePaul provides students extensive service opportunities that are coordinated through the university's Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning and Community Service Studies, the University Ministry Vincentian Community Service Office, and the Monsignor John J. Egan Urban Center. The honor roll is an indication of strong institutional commitment to service and forming compelling partnerships that produce measurable results in the community. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school's commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.
A number of annual college rankings and surveys have been released that reflect the strong national reputation of DePaul University. Among these is U.S.News & World Report, which ranked DePaul first tier of national colleges and universities surveyed. For the seventh year, U.S.News also recognized DePaul as one of the top schools in the nation for service learning in which community-based volunteer work is utilized as an instructional strategy. Read More
A seven-year collaboration between DePaul University and Chicago's Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) earned top honors from Illinois Campus Compact when it was named winner of the 2008 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation Award. Read More
DePaul's Service Learning program, which combines community service outreach with credit coursework, was named one of the nation's top programs of its kind by U.S. News & World Report in its "America's Best Colleges" ranking guides. At DePaul, challenging the status quo and making a difference are long-running traditions.
Today, students are keeping those traditions alive by going after polluters in low-income neighborhoods, tutoring the city's immigrant kids, empowering indigenous women in Mexico, and even fasting occasionally to protest university policies.
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In the Princeton Review's annual college guide, "The Best 366 Colleges," released this week, DePaul was ranked No. 20 in the country in the "Diverse Student Body" category. This is the fifth consecutive year that DePaul has been ranked in the nation's top 20 in diversity by Princeton Review.
The Princeton Review also named DePaul No. 5 nationally in the "Best College Town" category, the fifth consecutive year the university has made the nation's top 20 according to the survey.
Recently three stories on community-based service learning were featured in the latest installment of DePaul Distinctions. Read them below: