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Remember these five ways to be a strong brand steward.
The largest Catholic University. 24,000 students. A 17:1 student-teacher ratio. While these are impressive numbers, they don’t even begin to define us as well as our three qualities—education, environment and ethos—do.
Always lead with what makes us unique and pepper in our facts, figures and statistics as you get deeper into our story. Every institution has facts, and everyone can spin them to sound impressive. Our story is much bigger than that.
Instead of simply mentioning or showing our world-class city,
share the advantages Chicago provides as a living laboratory for DePaul students, including access to major companies and industries, a powerful connection to more than 201,000 alumni, great opportunities for employment during and following their time at DePaul, and the ability to interact with people from all over the world. Our students are ready to achieve more in the real world, because that’s exactly where they received their education. Being a citizen of a global city empowers them to think and act with confidence, while embracing scale and complexity at every turn.
The Vincentian values are critical to our story, but they can be difficult to articulate, particularly when an audience doesn’t know us well. So it’s important that we
describe our values (our ethos) in everyday terms. Our respect for others is apparent in our service actions, our well-rounded nature and absence of ego. We are engaged in our communities at every level. Here, diversity isn’t a buzzword; it’s a way of life. We are open to diverse people and ideas and welcoming of diverse cultures, backgrounds and points of view. This makes our students agile, open-minded and accepting of change. At DePaul, this is what it means to be Vincentian.
We can’t merely talk about our education. We need to
show what makes it distinctive, unique and undeniably DePaul. That means describing our dedicated, passionate faculty who teach from experience, using real-world applications and a hands-on approach; our rigorous curriculum that is greatly informed by today’s global issues and anticipates tomorrow’s challenges; and our emphasis on individual attention. Together, these “extras” define a great education at DePaul.
It’s not a tagline or a headline. It’s our brand essence. Instead of using it to pay off what we communicate,
everything we communicate should pay it off. Explain how a practical educational experience makes our students capable, qualified and ready from day one of their lives after graduation, how learning in the midst of Chicago makes them connected and confident, and how Vincentian values ground our work and our students with meaning and purpose.