Great Things at Detroit Mercy
Below are just some of the distinguishing features and faculty that reflect educational excellence at UDM.
U.S. News Ranks Detroit Mercy in Top Tier
For the 16th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest Best Regional Universities in the 2017 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings. In addition to being the highest ranking Midwest Regional school in Michigan in the magazine’s annual list, Detroit Mercy has also now been named one of the “Best Values” in the region and continues to be an “A+ School for B Students.”
UDM launches Live6 Alliance
UDM helped to launch the Live6 Alliance, a community revitalization project, Aug. 31, to strengthen the Livernois Avenue and McNichols Road commercial corridor in Northwest Detroit. The organization will build on neighborhood revitalization strategies already being implemented in the Livernois corridor.
University of Detroit Mercy anchors the organization, with generous support from The Kresge Foundation, the Detroit Corridor Initiative, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, area neighborhood associations and other anchor institutions. Funders have committed a total of $700,000 over two years to facilitate the Live6 Alliance's work. The UDM news release contains more information, videos and links to media coverage. Website: www.live6detroit.org
Michigan Catholic features Detroit Mercy and Gesu partnership
The strong bonds between UDM and Gesu Elementary School were featured in The Michigan Catholic article, "Neighbors in education: Proximity a blessing for Gesu, nearby colleges," Aug 20. This article highlights the partnership and signing ceremony as well as UDM School of Architecture's research collaboration with Gesu students.
UDM recognized as Gold-certified Michigan Veteran-Friendly School
UDM has been designated a Gold-certified Michigan Veteran-Friendly School by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. The Michigan Veteran-Friendly School program is designed to formally recognize academic institutions of higher learning committed to supporting the needs of student veterans and dependents. The program promotes best practices by awarding Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-level status to institutions that offer veteran-centric services and programs. See press release for more information.
UDM offers federal grant to first-generation students
First-generation, economically disadvantaged and/or students with disabilities will soon receive even greater support at University of Detroit Mercy through a new five-year, $1.1 million Student Support Services (SSS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This is the University’s first TRIO Programs grant.
The new grant will provide more services to first-generation and low-income students and students with disabilities. Activities will focus on increasing student retention and success by strengthening their engagement at UDM, particularly in mission-oriented activities. See the press release, media coverage and 1stGen@UDM video playlist for more information.
UDM Research Days
More than 250 members of the UDM community participated in research-focused events and activities during the second annual Research and Scholarly Achievement Days, sponsored by Delta Dental of Michigan, April 14-15. These events highlight the diverse scholarship of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students and spotlight the impact of UDM in industry, design, education, health care and other fields.
The cornerstone event, Celebration of Scholarly Achievement, showcased 11 books, 10 book chapters, 74 journal articles, 32 conference proceedings, three non-print projects/electronic presentations, 71 posters and four student awards. One faculty member and one Ph.D. candidate also made oral presentations.
Four Detroit area Catholic colleges update consortium agreement
The four presidents from the Detroit Area Catholic Higher Education Consortium (DACHEC) met on Monday, Nov. 10 on the McNichols Campus to reaffirm the consortium agreement that exists between the four institutions—University of Detroit Mercy, Marygrove College, Madonna University and Sacred Heart Seminary, for undergraduate students.
The agreement was first signed in 1967 as the Detroit Area Consortium of Catholic colleges for cooperative student exchanges. In addition, the agreement helps develop programs through which member institutions can make a contribution to the greater community and the Archdiocese of Detroit. The agreement was last signed in November 1994 and this recent signing reflects new norms and practices.
Service Learning Classes
About 80 courses across the University incorporate Service Learning in classes, resulting in course-related, direct services to the poor and marginalized in our community. Throughout the school year, approximately 1,500 UDM student volunteers provide service in conjunction with more than 100 community service agencies.
Libray houses two historical archives
The McNichols Library hosts two historically significant archives: the James Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive, which houses the papers of Fr. James Carney, S.J., a missionary whose life was dedicated to social justice for the poor and landless in Honduras; and the Black Abolitionists Archives, which houses a collection of materials documenting the efforts of more than 300 men and women involved in the abolitionist movement from 1760-1829.
Library is a Literary Landmark
UDM's McNichols Library is designated a literary landmark in honor of Dudley Randall, the former Detroit poet laureate and University librarian.
Michigan's Largest Catholic Institution of Higher Education
UDM is Michigan's largest Catholic institution of higher education and is sponsored by two religious orders: the Society of Jesus and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas West Midwest Community.