Undergraduate Retention Committee
Twelve-member Committee: three administrative representatives designated by the AVP, one staff representative designated by the AVP, one faculty member selected by the MFA from among its members, four elected representatives of the McNichols faculty, one librarian, and two students.
6 faculty representatives
Liz Roberts-Kirchoff, Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Engineering & Science (term expires 3/2014)
Karen Waters, Sociology and Social Work, College of Liberal Arts & Education (term expires 3/2014)
Mary-Catherine Harrison, English, College of Liberal Arts & Education (term expires 3/2015)
Gail Mitchell, Music, College of Liberal Arts & Education (term expires 3/2015)
Sandra Wilson, Reference Department, McNichols Campus Library (term expires 3/2015)
Serhiy Morozov, Mathematics & Computer Science, College of Engineering & Science (term expires 3/2014) (MFA)
3 administrative representatives
Emilie Wetherington, Director, University Academic Services (term expires 8/2014)
Monica Williams, Dean of Students (term expires 8/2014)
Sheryl McGriff, Chairperson, Dean, Career Education Services (term expires 8/2015)
1 staff representative
Jean Krystyniak, Coordinator, Language & Cultural Training (term expires 8/2015)
2 student representatives
Brittani Binns (term expires 8/2013)
Lauren Penner (term expires 8/2013)
The chairperson of a Team and/or the administrator to whom the Team reports may add guests in an “Invited Participant” category. Individuals are invited because of their expertise, potential contributions, or history with the team but have no voting rights. The term of service for invited participants is not to exceed two years. Invited participants are not eligible for reappointment in this category. A team may not exceed three invited participants at any given time.
Omid Sabbaghi, Business Administration, College of Business Administration (term expires 8/2014)
Carmen Stokes, Nursing, McAuley School of Nursing, College of Health Professions (term expires 8/2014)
- Develop an operational definition and vision of Student Success for UDM.
- Determine the problem we are trying to solve – Example: Improve the retention rate of all first-time full-time students from the first to second year by 2% for the next three years for a total of 6% more students retained from the first to second year.
- Through carefully structured Student Success Teams, review recent Retention Committee publications & student retention data to determine and fill gaps in a comprehensive, rigorous and evidence-based institutional assessment.
- Examine best practices at “like” institutions and conduct a performance “gap analysis.”
- Establish goals for UDM, 2013-2014 through 2023-2024, framed around policy, practices, programs, personnel and performance.
- Present actionable and prioritized recommendations for radically transforming Student Success at UDM (by April 15, 2014).
- Utilize advising survey outcomes to work with other relevant committees (Undergrad Coordinators, Faculty Development Team, etc.) to make recommendation for a centralized advising model at UDM.
- Research funding opportunities for centralized advising center.
Note: Numbers indicate the corresponding 2012-2017 University Strategic Plan action steps Click here to view
- Complete Focus on Retention: Divergent Perspectives white paper.
- Review annual, semi-annual, & longitudinal retention outcomes and report observations to senior administrators and university leadership.
- Forward recommendations to appropriate administrators/areas regarding student life issues and strategies to improve student-faculty interaction and communication.
- Provide recommendations to the Provost/VPAA for key links that could be added to the Provost/VPAA website pertinent to student retention that would be a resource for faculty, administrators and staff.
- Upon request, provide input for university or college initiatives to support retention activities, i.e. centralized advising.
- Keep the university community informed of committee activities by providing summary minutes of meetings and reports to (firstname.lastname@example.org). Information will be posted to the shared governance website (udmercy.edu/governance). The secretary of the committee is responsible for these postings and for informing Campus Connections of new postings. If there is no secretary identified for the committee, a member should be selected who is responsible for this task