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 thirteenth year, UDM ranks among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in the 2014 edition of U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges"More
Library Collections Now Online
University Libraries and Instructional Design Studio now has numerous unique University collections available online including the Commencement book collection; official history books of the University: the Varsity News student newspaper from 1917 forward, issues of Dichotomy, Architecture's student journals; and [SIC], the student arts journal published by the English department's Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture.
- For the third year in a row, UDM Architecture graduates have the highest pass rate on the Architect Registration Exam in the state of Michigan, leading in 3 of 7 categories and overall in 2011. They have also surpassed the national pass rate average.
- In May 2012, approximately half of the graduating class already had positions in the field in place prior to graduation.
New Program Offerings
In addition to 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 several new graduate certificate programs, including Forensic Accounting, Ethical Leadership & Change Management, Finance (available on campus and off-campus in Harper Woods), and Business Turnaround Management (available online).
ADEA/Zimmer Dental Implant Education Teaching Award
The Department of Restorative Dentistry received the American Dental Education Association (ADEA)/Zimmer Dental Education Teaching Award in the amount of $25,000. The national award was presented to the dental educator team and the institution in recognition of their commitment to excellence and innovation in the field of implant dentistry education.
Chemistry Research Project Gains Media Attention
A research project analyzing antique medicines has gained an impressive amount of international media attention. The researchers, led by Professor Mark Benvenuto and Associate Professor Elizabeth Roberts-Kirchhoff of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, examined antique patent medicines (often called "snake oil") as well as modern dietary clay supplements, using x-ray and proton NMR technologies. The old patent medicines came from the archives of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. The research team included students Andrew Diefenbach, Jessica LaBond and Nic Stroeters.
Media outlets that covered the project include:
- Potions from the past held more than a snake-oil promise
U.S.News & World Report
- What's in century-old 'snake oil' medicines? Mercury and lead
- 'Patent medicines' study x-rays old-time remedies
- First tests of old patent medicine remedies from a museum collection
- The truth about snake oil?
Royal Society of Chemistry's Chemistry World
Nursing Professor Carla Groh Recognized
Professor of Nursing Carla Groh was inducted as a Fellow by the American Academy of Nursing (ANA) at the Academy's annual meeting, Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C. Selection for fellowship in the Academy, which is composed of more than 2,000 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research, is considered one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing.
Teacher Preparation Program Rated Exemplary
UDM’s Teacher Preparation program received an Exemplary rating by the State Board of Education based on the 2011-2012 performance score, released in July 2013. During the past five years, UDM’s program ranking has steadily increased due to program improvements made by UDM’s Education Department.
Criteria for the program rating include weighted components from earlier reviews of institutional programs, the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) test scores, new teacher efficacy surveys, supervisor validation of new teachers’ efficacy, program completion rates, and additional consideration that the program’s mission is responsive to the state’s teacher preparation needs.
Law Firm Program
The School of Law offers specialty courses in the School’s Law Firm Program including:
- Advising Entrepreneurs in New Business Start-ups
- Anatomy of a Business Transaction
- Children and the Law
- Environmental Law
- Family Law
- Intellectual Property
- Pre-trial Criminal Advocacy
- Small Firm Practice
Detroit Women’s Golf Team Tied For NCAA Record
The 2012-13 Detroit women’s golf team played in 12 tournaments in the season and nine times - 75% - was the winning team, which is tied for the NCAA record that was set by Arizona in 1999-00. Detroit had just nine tournament titles in its history coming into the year and matched that in one season.