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.
NIH grant to address underrepresented minority students in biomedical majors
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $21.2 million grant to a consortium, comprised of University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne State University, Marygrove College and Wayne County Community College District, to develop a common curriculum that will support and mentor students from diverse backgrounds in biomedical research fields. Over a five-year period, the grant will enable the institutions to accelerate the number of underrepresented undergraduate students who go on to receive master’s and doctoral degrees and ultimately attain successful biomedical research careers. The goal of this initiative is to establish Detroit as the center for biomedical research training and help fuel the academic renaissance of Detroit. Read more.
Great Student Experiences
The School of Architecture has its own full semester exchange program with Warsaw Institute of Technology, also giving students the opportunity to spend a semester in Poland.
The School of Architecture was recognized by Architect Magazine as one of six schools in the country committed to social justice.
The School of Architecture is the only school in the area with its own in-house architecture practice, giving students the opportunity to work on real projects while serving their local community. The Detroit Collaborative Design Center was recently named as one of the top 100 most influential organizations in the country for “public interest design.” Their work as leaders of the community engagement process for the Detroit Future City project received excellent feedback and promises to be groundbreaking in the field of urban design for post-industrial cities.
UDM has the only accredited school of architecture anywhere in North America at a Jesuit or Mercy University, ensuring students a great, well-rounded education with an emphasis on leadership and service.
Treasurer of Detroit Teaches Crisis Accounting
John Naglick’78, ’83 currently serves as Detroit’s Finance Director and Interim Treasurer. This fall, Naglick brings his expertise to UDM, teaching “Accounting During a Cash Crisis” to graduate students in the MBA program and Business Turnaround Management certificate program.
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 receives National Science Foundation grant
University of Detroit Mercy has been awarded a $194,996 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its ADVANCE IT-Catalyst program. The program’s intent is to increase the representation and equity for women faculty members in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, which will also impact their female students. Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Xiaohui Zhong is the principal investigator.
Nursing Students Experience Study Abroad
The McAuley School of Nursing debuted its first nursing learn abroad opportunity with students traveling to Dublin, Ireland, in May to immerse themselves in the Mercy tradition while spending time at the original House of Mercy, two hospitals and a school of nursing. Students learned about the life, work and history of Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy. This experience emphasized the meaning of a Mercy-Jesuit, values-based education.
Education Chair Receives Fulbright Award
Lorri MacDonald, chair of the Department of Education at University of Detroit Mercy, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant in 2014 to work with Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia (Russia) to collaborate and develop teacher and school leadership preparation programs for the institution.
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
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.