Don Martin, Kendra Knight, and Scott Kelley explore the results of the Catholic Identity Mission Assessment survey as it relates to DePaul University. This survey was created by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities as a way of gauging how effectively Catholic educational institutions are conveying their Catholic identity to their students and other stakeholders. At DePaul, the investigation examined how well graduating seniors “comprehend and articulate principles from the Catholic intellectual tradition and Catholic social teaching.” Martin, Knight, and Kelley cite specific curricular and cocurricular areas that would help seniors establish this Catholic worldview and point out areas in which the communication of Catholic identity needs to be bolstered. They also explore the challenges of communicating that identity, not least of which is the generational interest and existing generational worldview of millennials and Generation Z and the need to compete with secular educational institutions. The authors explain the survey’s method and results. The survey found that “students’ confidence in their ability to articulate dimensions of the Vincentian mission is greater than their confidence in their ability to communicate dimensions of the Catholic intellectual tradition,” which “suggests a need for organizational development.” The article outlines steps for that.
Knight, Kendra Ph.D.; Martin, Don Ph.D.; and Kelley, Scott Ph.D.
"Catholicism and Organizational Development: A Case Study on the Communication of Catholic Mission and Identity,"
Vincentian Heritage Journal: Vol. 37:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://via.library.depaul.edu/vhj/vol37/iss1/4