In Brief: DePaul President’s Report highlights university successes, goals

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Ryan Gilroy | The DePaulia

President Esteban speaking at 2019's State of the University address.

DePaul President A. Gabriel Esteban released his annual President’s Report last week, highlighting the university’s accomplishments and some of its goals moving forward.

For example, DePaul has new scholarships available for some incoming students.

The university awarded more than 250 incoming freshmen who started their studies in Fall 2019 the Chicago Promise Scholarship or the Catholic Heritage Scholarship. The scholarships provided $20,000 to any Chicago Public School or Illinois high school graduate with a 3.7 or higher grade point average admitted to DePaul as a full-time freshman.

Esteban also highlighted some of the university’s programs, such as the Institute of Global Homelessness and the Dax House.

The Institute of Global Homelessness and its partners advocates for the United Nations to make solving homelessness a bigger priority. The UN’s Commission for Social Development announced Feb. 22 that “affordable housing and social protection for all to address homelessness” will be a priority at its 2020 meetings, according to Esteban’s report.

The Dax Program gives housing-insecure DePaul students housing, case management, counseling referrals, transportation, food, textbook assistance and educational reimbursements.

Esteban wants DePaul to increase in its rankings over the next 10 years.

He hopes the university will be among the Top 50 national universities, Top 10 national universities for Pell grants and Top 5 Catholic universities. Esteban clarified in November that DePaul’s competition for the Top 50 national ranking would be limited to urban universities.