Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association


Pathways to Excellence: Reaffirmation 2016-17

Site Visit Scheduled:  

September 26 & September 27, 2016 

During the site visit, peer reviewers (i.e., faculty and administrators from other universities and/or colleges) will be visiting all three campuses (McNichols, Dental, Law) to meet with various members of the University community, to observe, and to learn more about what we do at the University of Detroit Mercy as part of the reaffirmation process.

Accreditation History:

University of Detroit Mercy is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an independent organization that accredits higher education institutions for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) of which UDM is a member.   The University has a long history of institutional accreditation.  The University of Detroit received initial accreditation in 1931, Mercy College was initially granted accreditation in 1951, and the University of Detroit Mercy achieved initial accreditation in 1991, and is currently accredited through 2017. 

Institutional Accreditation Process and Criteria 

The reaccreditation process is a comprehensive evaluation that is required every four to 10 years to maintain accredited status.  For the upcoming reaffirmation (i.e., reaccreditation) process, University of Detroit Mercy will be pursuing the Standard Pathway which consists of meeting specific standards in five major areas:

  • Mission
  • Ethical and Responsible Conduct
  • Teaching & Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support
  • Teaching & Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
  • Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

The standard pathway criteria are available below.

Standard Pathway Criteria (PDF)

Highlights of Significant Institutional Improvements Since 2007

  • Implemented new enterprise-level system (i.e., Banner) 
  • Implemented new customer relationship system (i.e., Slate) to more efficiently track applications and promote improved communication with applicants 
  • Implemented new, comprehensive student advising and retention software (i.e., MapWorks)
  • Expanded technological learning tools and technology-focused faculty training (e.g., Wimba)
  • Established the Institional Research Fund to support faculty research 
  • Implemented institution-wide forums to highlight faculty and student research (e.g., Celebration of Scholars)
  • Expanded formalized forums for faculty and staff development (i.e., Second Wednesday Series) 
  • Appointed new director of the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research Activities (OSPRA) and expanded the Office's activities
  • Fully cemented the academic program review process and began second full cycle of reviews
  • Designed and implemented the 2012-2017 Strategic Plan
  • Established the Office of Mission & Identity
  • Implemented the Junior-Senior Faculty Mentoring program
  • Introduced academic minors
  • Implemented academic program assessment activities across the institution
  • Introduced several new and responsive academic programs (i.e., Architectural Engineering)  
  • Entered the final phase of development of a new core curriculum
  • Expanded the role of shared governance
  • Completed several major building renovations including renovations to the Law School, Chemistry building, Architecture, Titan Dining Room, and dorms
  • Completed building of the Fitness Center, the first new building on main campus in years
  • Added new tennis courts and outdoor track
  • Expanded athletics to include Lacrosse
  • Expanded Wellness Center's mission and scope of student services
  • Implemented Transfer Team to effectively support student transfers 
  • Implemented new dashboard of financial outcomes for enhanced board oversight 

Academic Program Accreditation

In addition to the University's institutional accreditation, a large number of academic programs are accredited.  Accredited academic programs consist of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs across the University.  For the most recent, complete list of accredited academic programs and accreditation status, please see the summary provided below.  The list of accredited programs can still also be found on the Office of Academic Affairs website.  In addition, more detailed information about academic program accreditation can be found on the academic program websites, as applicable.   

Academic Program Accreditation Summary (PDF)