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Shared Governance at Detroit Mercy: McNichols Campus Academic Program Review Committee

McNichols Campus Academic Program Review

The McNichols Campus Academic Program Review Committee, composed of elected faculty, reviews undergraduate and graduate programs according to the Program Review Schedule. Established programs are reviewed based on specific criteria. In addition, the Committee reviews new program proposals and programs identified by the Provost/VPAA that face special challenges and require an out-of-cycle review.

McNichols Campus Academic Program Review Committee Structure

Academic programs will be reviewed by the MFA Academic Program Review Committee which includes the following membership:

  • one faculty member elected by each of the five colleges/schools with undergraduate programs
  • one faculty member elected by each of the five colleges/schools with graduate programs
  • one librarian from the Libraries that report to the Dean of University Libraries and Instructional Technology
  • one faculty member from an undergraduate program selected by the MFA from among its members
  • one faculty member from a graduate program selected by the MFA from among its members.

Note: All colleges/schools have both undergraduate and graduate programs. Law and Dental have separate review procedures.

McNichols Campus Academic Program Review Committee Minutes

McNichols Campus Academic Review Committee Annual Report

McNichols Campus Academic Program Review Roster

School of Architecture
Erika Lindsey (term expires March 2020)*
Joe Odoerfer (term expires March 2021)

College of Business Administration
Fr. Gerald Cavanagh (term expires March 2020)
OPEN (term expires March 2021)

College of Engineering and Science
Kate Lanigan (term expires March 2020) - Co-Chair
Kathy Zhong (term expires March 2021)

College of Health Professions
Rosanne Burson (term expires March 2020)*
Grace Thomas-Jacek (term expires March 2021) - Secretary

College of Liberal Arts and Education
Yu Peng Lin (term expires March 2020)
Erin Henze (term expires March 2021) 

Libraries
Pat Higo (term expires March 2021)*

MFA Representatives
Greg Bozimowski (term expires March 2020)
Greg Laidlaw (term expires March 2020) - Co-Chair

*Served two terms, ineligible to serve a third term.

Committee and Team Roles and Responsibilities

McNichols Campus Academic Program Review Committee Charges

McNichols Campus Academic Program Review Committee Charges 2019-2020

  1. Collaborate with the Office of Academic Affairs and MFA Officers and Assembly to identify a process to complete program reviews pending from 2018-2019 and for the 2019-2020 cycle.
  2. Meet with the Provost/VPAA and the President of the MFA at the start of the term to discuss a proposal from the Office of Academic Affairs.
  3. Review the Strategic Plan, specifically Goal 2 to provide recommendations as to how the McNichols Campus Academic Program Review Committee will collaborate with the administration to address Strategy 1.
  4. Review processes for new program proposals and revise as needed to ensure timely evaluation of proposals.
  5. Develop checklist for new program proposals that would be submitted with proposals. Required, recommended and optional components should be clearly identified.
  6. Identify a member of the committee to evaluate new program proposals upon submission to ensure that all required materials are included and checklist is completed. Communicate with proposers as needed about missing materials.
  7. Evaluate the four possible outcomes for existing programs and determine whether additional outcomes should be added and/or language should be adjusted.
  8. Work with the MFA President and the Provost/VPAA to review the current program review process/template and consider revising.
  9. In connection with the program review process, establish recommended procedures for consultation with relevant administrators (e.g. Deans/Associate Deans) to ensure mutual sharing of key information, data , and concerns about specific programs under review.

Permanent Charges:

  • Review all academic programs on a regular five to seven-year cycle; review accredited programs to coincide with the external accreditation cycle already in place. (Note: cycles may be modified based on out-of-cycle review process set forth in Shared Governance Task Force proposal.)
  • 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@udmercy.edu  for posting on shared governance website.
  • Draft operational policies and procedures:
    • Provide the Shared Governance Task Force at governancetaskforce@udmercy.edu with draft operational policies and procedures by December 1, and also forward a copy to the MFA President.
  • 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.