Faculty & Staff Newsletter

September 15, 2020

Enrollment Update

I hope that your Fall semester is off to a great start. This year has definitely been and continues to be an interesting one! I do not know about you but I am trying to find some normalcy – whatever that may mean. Well, one thing that is returning to normal at Mercy College is the weekly Faculty and Staff newsletter! The weekly newsletter will be delivered to your mailbox each Tuesday. On Monday, you will receive the Mercy News from Dr. Wajert updating all on the College's response to COVID. The faculty staff newsletter will include an update from Dr. Wajert or one of the Vice Presidents each week.

The Faculty/Staff Newsletter and Inside Mercy College (student newsletter) are provided each week to keep everyone informed on what is happening at the College. The deadlines for submissions for the Faculty/Staff Newsletter and Inside Mercy College have been changed to Fridays at 5 p.m. Please remember to submit your updates using the forms provided: Faculty/Staff Newsletter Submissions and Inside Mercy College Newsletter Submissions. These links are also at the bottom of the Faculty/Staff Newsletter every week. If you have questions about the newsletter, please direct them to Denise Hudgin at

Strategic Planning and IE: The Strategic Planning and Budgeting Council has created an “elevator speech” on the Strategic Plan. This provides all faculty and staff with the key items of the Strategic Plan that we want everyone to know! The information is below:
The Strategic Plan is a 5-year plan, that focuses on quality education that promotes student success, building internal and external relationships, practicing financial stewardship, and celebrating our history and heritage. The goals are built on our Foundation of Catholic Identity, Mercy Charism, and Values. Critical to the success of the plan are the Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for each goal, as they measure our Institutional Effectiveness.

Admissions Update: The 15-day count for Fall 2020 reflects 1612 students enrolled at the College for a total of 12,363 credit hours. The credit hour goal for Fall was 12,811 so unfortunately we missed the goal by 448 credit hours. The headcount of 1612 includes 205 students registered for the dual degree program with Bowling Green State University and 2 with Tiffin University. 1,405 students are enrolled at Mercy College.

The Admission staff is planning and working on the recruitment for Fall 2021. Fall travel looks very different this year as we are doing all College Fairs virtually. Healthcare Worker Wednesday, a virtual visitation program for prospective students that began in June will continue throughout the Fall term. We will keep you updated on recruitment for both Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 with updates in the weekly Faculty/Staff Newsletter. If you have questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Admissions Team.

Financial Aid: The College received money from the CARES Act for our students to assist them with the move to online coursework and COVID. To date, we have awarded $561,000 to 433 students. Please see the COVID page on the website for more details on the CARES Act money.

If you have questions on the above information or would like to know any additional information from the areas within the Enrollment Division: Strategic Planning, Institutional Effectiveness, Admissions, Financial Aid, Marketing, and Alumni Relations please do not hesitate to reach out to us! We are happy to answer your questions or provide needed information.

Enjoy your week.


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Alert Kristen Porter To Potential Students At Risk

Submitted by Kristen Porter

Don’t forget the best way to notify me of students who may need more support is through the Early Alert Referral System (EARS)!

The EAR is the best way to alert me to potential students at-risk for failure or withdrawing. Once an EAR is submitted, I work with the Student Success Center (Advisors, Tutors, and Counselors) to ensure support is provided to students. There are several reasons an EAR should be submitted for a student, such as:

  • Missing class/lectures/labs
  • Missing assignments
  • Poor exam/quiz grades
  • Sudden decline in participation/attendance
  • Mental Health Concerns
  • Financial problems
  • College adjustment issues
  • And many other concerns

For questions, please contact me at or 419-251-1339

Additional Retention Support Information

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College Policy Updates for AY 19-20

Submitted by Leslie Erwin

Many College policies were updated, revised, developed or retired in the last academic year (19-20).

Retired policies: Policy 204: Basic Life-Support Certification Recertification, Policy 218: Course Syllabus Guidelines, Policy 220: Course Proposal, Policy 234: Academic Advising, Policy 236: Class Office Hours, Policy 242: Cancellation of Class/Clinical, Policy 248: Independent Study, and Policy 208: Summer Office Hours-Faculty.
These policies were all Faculty-related (200) and were deemed operational in nature, which does not require Board of Trustees approval.

Other retired policies included Policy 136/136A: Dress Code/Summer Dress Code, and Policy 122: Cell Phone.
These policies were Administration-related (100) and were replaced or superseded by Bon Secours Mercy Health policies.

Revised policies: Policy 201: Faculty Contracts, Policy 202: Faculty Qualifications, Policy 206: Professional Development for Faculty, Policy 226: Faculty Evaluations, Policy 230: Academic Grievance, Policy 168: Honorary Doctoral Degree, Policy 511: Campus Violence Prevention, Policy 513: Confidentiality, Policy 523: Pregnant Student, Policy 530: Clinical Compliance and Policy 162: Tuition Exchange.

New policies: Policy 148: Teach-out Administration and Policy 135- Communicable Disease/Pandemic.


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