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Graduate Standards and Enrollment Management Committee

Committee Membership

The seven-member MFA Committee includes:  four elected representatives of the McNichols campus faculty from departments with graduate programs; one faculty member from a graduate program selected by the MFA from among its members; and two non-voting administrative representatives, one from the Office of the Registrar and one from the Office of Admissions


    Graduate Standards and Enrollment Management Committee Members

    Faculty representatives from department with graduate programs: 

    Barry Dauphin, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Education (term expires 3/2020)

    Dr. Ablaye Camara, College of Liberal Arts & Education (term expires 3/2019)

    Mary Serowoky, College of Health Professions (term expires 3/2020) 

    Rachel DeWitt, College of Health Professions (term expires 3/2019)

    MFA representative from graduate program members

    Allegra Pitera, Chair, Architecture, School of Architecture (term expires 3/2019)

    Non-voting administrative representatives

    Diane Praet, Associate Vice President & Registrar, Office of the Registrar (not term limited)

    Lynn Vitale, Secretary, Director Transfer/Graduate Admissions, Office of Admissions (not term limited)


    Graduate Standards and Enrollment Management Committee 2017-2018 Charges

    • Make recommendations regarding minimum cross-cutting standards, such as, undergraduate senior privilege, graduate grading policy and minimum graduation requirements;
    • Develop a set of guidelines/checklist of standards that need to be met by non-accredited graduate certificate  programs;
    • Address student recruitment strategies, specific student retention strategies, recommendations to make the University a welcoming and supportive environment for graduate students, and faculty and staff development initiatives to contribute to retention;
    • Review of proposals for new graduate certificates, parameters for what should be included in a graduate course syllabus;
    • Meet jointly at least once per academic year with representatives of the Undergraduate Standards and Enrollment Management Committee;
    • Reach out annually to a graduate focus group for feedback on the supportive environment of the University.
    • Review the Committee’s Policies and Procedures bringing them into alignment with the 2017 approved governance modification structure, including incorporating the appropriate Communication Structure and Rights and Responsibilities as outlined in the approved structure modification final proposal.  Submit by January 15, 2018 the proposed revision to the Shared Governance Task Force for confirmation that the revision conforms to the approved structure.

    Note: Numbers indicate the corresponding 2012-2017 University Strategic Plan action steps Click here to view


    Graduate Standards and Enrollment Management Committee Archive

    • Make determinations regarding minimum cross-cutting admissions-related standards, graduate grading policy, minimum graduation requirements, and standards that apply for the transfer of credits.
    • Deliberate and act on pending issues identified by the Academic Vice President and Provost. 
    • Review the implementation Grid of the 2012-2017 University Strategic Plan, especially those that focus on graduate education and assist if called for input or strategies to fulfill the action steps to meet the goals and objectives.
    • Review proposals for graduate certificates.
    • Review policy changes and proposals as they relate to graduate students. 
    • Meet/work with the Undergraduate Standards Committee when policies/issues that are being addressed apply to both undergraduate and graduate student populations and both committees have been assigned to review the same policy
    • Develop a list of recommendations to enhance student life, student-faculty interaction and additional strategies or initiatives to support graduate students on the McNichols campus. Inform the provost/VPAA of the status of this charge.
    • Review the following Action Steps and associated objectives and goals in the University Strategic Plan:
    • Increase undergraduate and graduate enrollment by 10%.(2.2.1)
    • Improve faculty and staff knowledge, understanding and implementation strategies that help students build self-efficacy. (2.4.3)
    • Enhance the marketing strategy to target transfer graduate, and online students while expanding our mobile readiness for the entire website to maximize access to student and students to Detroit Mercy. (2.5.3)
    • Identify sections, topics and links to be included in an eGraduate Resource Handbook (ex. Parking permits, ID cards, sexual harassment policy, etc.)
    • Establish procedures for keeping records of approved resolutions, determinations, advice, membership records and other actions.
    • Keep the University community informed of committee activities by providing summary minutes of meetings and reports. The secretary of the committee is responsible for sending these documents to sharedgovernance(at)
    • Draft operational policies and procedures:
      • define the committee's organizational structure (officers/leadership e.g., chairperson, secretary, and/or other positions) and the responsibilities of each position;
      • frequency of meetings; 
      • timeline for preparation and approval of meeting minutes.
    • Verify whether team's operational policy and procedures are consistent with practice. Submit your revised document to the Shared Governance Task Force at by December 1 and also forward a copy to the MFA President Heather Hill-Vasquez at If there are no changes to be made notify the Task Force by the same date.
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