Great Things at UDM
Below are just some of the distinguishing features and faculty that reflect educational excellence at UDM.
UDM ranks #14 in the "2015 College Choice Ranking"
UDM ranks #14 in the "2015 College Choice Ranking of Regional Universities – Midwest." The "2015 College"Choice Ranking of Regional Universities – Midwest" is based exclusively on factors actual college freshmen said were most important to their college decision. According to the most recent nationwide survey published by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, these factors include academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost, and success of graduates in the post-college job market. Each of these factors was weighted equally in the ranking and data was derived from a variety of publicly available sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and PayScale.
UDM hosts GM Student Corps
The second GM Student Corps concluded its summer community initiatives on Aug. 19 with a day focused on college life at UDM's McNichols Campus. One hundred-six paid high school interns representing 12 schools, including the seven schools GM supports through the United Way Network of Excellence and Flint Southwestern Academy, spent the summer cleaning parks and schools, clearing bushes, planting flowers and shrubs, painting weather-beaten equipment and tackling other improvement projects they selected, planned and budgeted. They also took part in weekly life skills training sessions, toured GM facilities and businesses, and explored career and college opportunities. Sixty retired GM employees served as program mentors and volunteers. Thirteen UDM students were also hired as GM summer interns to provide additional guidance and project support.
UDM’s School of Architectrue received an eight-year accredictation from the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB), the new maximum term length.
The School of Architecture is a multiple national award winner from the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards for our innovative “integration of practice and the academy.”
School of Architecture faculty played a key role in the City of Detroit’s “Detroit Future City” project, which has established new cutting edge planning and development ideas for the city.
Associate Professor of Architectrue and Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center Dan Pitera was awarded the 2014 AIA Michigan President’s Award for contributions to the profession.
The School of Architecture is the only school in the area with its own private, custom designed facility in Italy, giving students the chance to spend a full semester in Tuscany for about the same cost as living on campus.
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.
The Health Information Management program has successfully completed the first phase of the CAHIIM accreditation process with positive feedback.
Online Education Takes Graduate Learning Nationwide
The College of Liberal Arts & Education makes its accredited programs accessible across the country with four graduate degrees available entirely online:
- Master of Arts in Economics
- Master of Arts in Financial Economics
- Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems
- Master of Science in Information Assurance
Applied Legal Theory and Analysis
Our nationally recognized legal writing program trains UDM law students to resolve problems and to communicate these solutions in outstanding and well reasoned analysis, presented clearly and concisely.
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.