Great Things at UDM
Below are just some of the distinguishing features and faculty that reflect educational excellence at UDM.
Great Things University-wide
UDM Increases Standing in U.S. News RankingFor the fourteenth year, UDM ranks among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in the 2015 edition of U.S.News and World Report's "Best Colleges" More
UDM joins Michigan Colleges Alliance
In July, UDM became a campus member of the private college collaborative, Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA). Founded in 1949, MCA supports Michigan independent higher education in areas such as student access, scholarships and career opportunities. As a group, MCA's 15 college and university members represent more than 40,000 students, collectively Michigan's "third largest university." Alliance members were recently included in the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship program, providing Kalamazoo students with additional excellent college options.
- UDM’s School of Architecture has had the best overall passing rates in the state on the architecture license exams four years in a row.
- At the time of graduation in May 2014, 75% of architecture graduates had at least one full-time job offer before graduation.
- At the American Institute of Architecture’s Michigan Awards Banquet in June 2014, SOA alumni, students and faculty won several key awards, including the Young Architect of the Year award, the AIA Michigan Associate of the Year Award, the prestigious AIA Michigan President’s Award for service to the profession through contributions in the academic realm, and finally, one of our graduates won the state-wide award for the best student project of the year.
- SOA alumnus James Timberlake, FAIA, ’74, was named by President Obama to the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors.
- SOA alumnus Mickey Jacob, FAIA, ’81, ’82, was the 2013 national president of the American Institute of Architects.
- SOA alumni were named the “Best Young Architect of the Year” in Detroit for four of the past six years.
- SOA alumni were also named “Best Young Architect of Year” for the entire State of Michigan (four winners at this level in the past six years.)
- UDM School of Architecture graduate students won the statewide award from AIA Michigan for the best student design project in Michigan in 2013 and 2014.
- In the last two years, 11 of the 16 available scholarships awarded statewide by the Michigan Architecture Foundation went to UDM students.
New Program Offerings
In addition to the traditional undergraduate and MBA degrees, the College of Business Administration now offers a combined BS/MBA program leading to both degrees in five years. Additionally, the College now offers concentrations in business law, sports management, business intelligence, international business and human resource management, as well as finance, accounting, management, marketing and decision science. Graduate certificate programs include Forensic Accounting, Ethical Leadership & Change Management, Finance and Business Turnaround Management (available online).
At the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session held in March 2014, the UDM ADEA chapter received the Award for Outstanding Chapter Organization, which recognizes students who create programs, sponsor events and educational activities and support advances in dental education.
The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) annual Gold Crown Awards recognized Graham Greenland ‘10, current ASDA Chapter President, with the District 6 Delegate of the Year Award for his personal dedication and outstanding achievement on behalf of ASDA and its local chapter members.
Dr. Riyad Al-Qawasmi, associate professor in the Department of Orthodontics, was awarded the American Association of Orthodontists’ 2014 Subtelny, Baker, Eastman Teaching Fellowship Award of $15,000 for research to evaluate the heritability of smile genetics in non-treated siblings.
UDM Engineering Ranks among Top 100 in U.S.
University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science has been named one of the top Engineering programs in the country again in the 2015 edition of the U.S.News & World Report's "Best Colleges."
UDM Receives Grant to Address Need for Health Care Providers
University of Detroit Mercy is one of three Michigan schools to receive nearly $700,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fill the health care employment gap in medically underserved areas. Grant money will be used to give tuition support to nurses enrolled in UDM’s family nurse practitioner (FNP) program, earning either a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Full-time students are eligible for the grant, allowing them to receive $22,000 in scholarship money for two years. It will also be available for part-time students in their final year, providing them up to $11,000 in scholarship money. Many students in the program who come from the surrounding tri-county area, especially Detroit, stay and help serve the local population.
Additional grants inlcude $19,233 (for FY 2015) in nurse anesthetist traineeship and $135,390 (for FY 2015) in support of the nurse faculty loan program.
Dean Mark Denham Leads CLAE
Mark E. Denham serves as dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education. Previously, he was on the faculty of University of Toledo's Political Science and Public Administration department for 18 years. Find out more about the new dean in the UDM news release.
Engaged Law Faculty
The faculty members at the School of Law make presentations throughout the country, and their scholarship is published in journals nationwide. Recent scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications, including the Syracuse Law Review, the Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice at the University of Iowa, and the Charleston Law Review. Faculty scholarship also includes books, most notably Professor Larry Dubin’s Trial Practice and Michigan Evidence Courtroom Manual (both co-authored). During academic year 2014-2015, faculty members will speak at conferences throughout Michigan, the United States and Europe, including conferences in East Lansing, Mich. (MSU); Las Vegas, Nev.; Chicago, Ill.; and Glasgow, Scotland.
Titan Classic Sports: The new 24-hour TV network
This fall, UDM partnered with WADL-TV to launch the Titan Classic Sports Network, a new channel devoted to Detroit Titans sports 24 hours a day! It is only the third network in the country dedicated to the athletics of a single university, broadcasting games from decades of University sports history.