Undergraduate Retention Committee

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Committee Membership

Ten-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. Up to three invited members may serve each year.


6 faculty representatives

Mary-Catherine Harrison, Chairperson, English, College of Liberal Arts & Education (term expires 3/2017)

Andrea Kwasky, Nursing, McAuley School of Nursing, College of Health Professions (term expires 3/2017)

Sandra Wilson, Reference Department, McNichols Campus Library (term expires 3/2017)

Amanda Hiber, English, College of Liberal Arts & Education (term expires 3/2018)

Elaine Webber, Nursing, McAuley School of Nursing, College of Health Professions (term exprires 3/2018)
Judy Hetsler-Parr, Secretary, Health Information Management, College of Health Professions (term expires 3/2018) (MFA)

3 administrative representatives

Emilie Wetherington, Director, Disability Services (term expires 3/2017)
Monica Williams, Dean of Students (term expires 3/2017)

Deborah Stieffel, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs (term expires 8/2017)

1 staff representative

Megan Marshall, University Minister, University Ministery (term expires 8/2017) 

Invited Participants

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.

Kathleen Walker, BUILD Student Success Coordinator, Engineering & Science (term expires 8/2017)

Susan Trudeau, Director, Student Success Center (term expires 3/2018)

2016-2017 Charge

  • Identify actionable and prioritized recommendations to promote a culture of belonging and inclusion at UDM.
  • Identify specific short and long-term strategies to increase student success and retention of undergraduate transfer students.
  • Support student success and retention through campus communications and programming, e.g. Colleague Development Days.
  • Review annual, semi-annual, and longitudinal retention outcomes, including comparative outcomes by race, gender, Pell eligibility, and college.
  • Review comparative retention data for comparable institutions, regional competitors, AJCU members and Mercy sponsored institutions, and self-identified peer and aspirational institutions.
  • In collaboration with Institutional Research, create 2016-2017 Annual Retention Report to be distributed to the McNichols Faculty Assembly and submitted to Provost/VPAA for posting on the Academic Affairs website.
  • Keep the University community informed of committee activities by providing summary minutes of meetings and reports to be posted to the shared governance website. The secretary of the committee is responsible for sending these documents to sharedgovernance(at)udmercy.edu.
  • Establish procedures for keeping records of approved resolutions, determinations, advice, membership records and other actions.
  • 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 govenancetaskforce(at)udmercy.edu by December 1 and also forward a copy to the MFA President Heather Hill-Vasquez at hillvahe(at)udmercy.edu. If there are no changes to be made notify the Task Force by the same date.  

Policies and Procedures

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