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Shared Governance at Detroit Mercy: Assessment Team

Assessment Team

The Assessment Team shares best practices regarding assessment, reviews the assessment methodologies being used by each school, and identifies those schools in which assessment activities require improvement. This Team collects assessment information on a regular basis, compiles reports, and forwards information to key stakeholders including, but not limited to, Deans, members of the Assessment Team, and the Provost/VPAA. The Assessment Team analyzes collected data and makes recommendations concerning identified needs or gaps to enhance assessment, suggests continuing education, and documents strengths and weaknesses identified as part of assessment as well as efforts that occurred to address those needs.

Assessment Team Structure

The Assessment Team reports to the Provost/VPAA and is a twelve-member team with:

  • one representative of the Corktown campus
  • one representative of the Riverfront campus
  • one representative from each of the McNichols campus colleges/schools (selected by the college/school)
  • one librarian from the Libraries that report to the Dean of University Libraries and Instructional Technology
  • one representative from the Core Curriculum Committee
  • one faculty member selected by the MFA from among its members
  • two administrative representatives, one of whom is the Director of Assessment*


*The structure has been temporarily modified with the approval of the Shared Governance Task Force to reflect the elimination of the Director of Assessment position.

Assessment Team Minutes

Assessment Team Operational Policies and Procedures

Assessment Team Roster

Corktown Campus
Alyssa Goike (term expires 8/23)*

Riverfront Campus
Cara Cunningham-Warren (term expires 8/22)* - Secretary

School of Architecture and Community Development
Kristin Nelson (term expires 8/23)*

College of Business Administration
Mithu Bhattacharya (term expires 8/23)*

College of Engineering and Science
Mariam Faied (term expires 8/22)

College of Health Professions
Kelli Frost (term expires 8/22) - Co-Chair

College of Liberal Arts and Education
Elvita Kondili (term expires 8/22)

Jill Turner (term expires 8/22)

Core Curriculum Committee
Joe Weglarz (term expires 8/22)

MFA Representative
Mary Mitsch (term expires 8/22) - Co-Chair

Administrative Representatives
Karen Lee, Associate VP of Academic Affairs (term not limited)
Mike Verdusco, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (term expires 8/23)*

*Served two terms, ineligible for a third term.

Committee and Team Roles and Responsibilities

Assessment Team Charges 2020-2021

2021-2022 Assessment Team Charges

1. Offer to meet, provide workshops or assistance to individual programs about programmatic assessment.
2. Collect the initial annual assessment reports from all academic, professional, and co-curricular programs by December 15, 2021.
3. Provide feedback on assessment reports.
4. Coordinate with the Core Curriculum Assessment Subcommittee as needed about the Core Assessment process.
5. Provide an update to the university community about the new assessment process and institutional outcomes.
6. Follow-up with the programs who received revision feedback on their assessment plans and provide support as needed.

      2021-2022 Standing Charges for All Committees and Teams

  1. Review the preliminary charges for 2021-2022 and contact Provost/VPAA  with any additional Committee/Team goals for the 2021-2022 year.
  2. Review the Roles and Responsibilities for MFA Committees and University Teams.
  3. Review the University of Detroit Mercy 2019-2024 Strategic Plan.
  4. Review the Shared Governance webpage to determine information provided for the specific Team or Committee is accurate.
  5. Keep the University community informed of Committee/Team activities by providing mid-year and annual reports to be posted to the Shared Governance webpage. The secretary of the committee is responsible for sending these documents to
  6. Submit proposals, recommendations, or documents for consideration by the Shared Governance Clearinghouse to the Provost/VPAA and the MFA President for review and discussion.