June 2, 2004



TO:                  Bob Hoar, Chair

                        Faculty Senate


FROM:            Bob Klindworth, Chair

                        Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC)


RE:                   Committee Charge for 2003-2004 Academic Year 


In addition to its normal duties, the UCC was charged with considering the following special issues related to its evaluation of curricular changes:


·        Report on the usefulness/strengths/limitations related to the new guidelines (presented to the Senate last year).


·        Prepare a report on the number of non-departmental courses (UWL 100, etc…) 


·        Report on the standards used to evaluate non-departmental courses, and how these standards differ from departmental courses. 


The guidelines were not intended to restrict the discussion or evaluation of proposals, but rather to give proposal presenters and UCC members alike a common ground for discussion of the curricular changes or additions being presented to the committee. The committee found that the guidelines presented to the Faculty Senate last year fulfilled this aim and were quite flexible and useful when evaluating curricular additions and changes.


The second part of the change to the UCC was to report on the number of so-called “non-departmental courses”. There was some initial confusion about the definition of such courses since there are a multitude of courses taught by the University that do not fall within departmental lines. The committee defined “non-departmental courses” to be those courses that are not part of any Progrom (major, minor, concentration, emphasis, certificate, or General Education). A list of such courses, found below, is remarkably short. The list includes the course name and number, relevant signatures, and the effective date of the course.




Course Title

Course Number

Dept. Signature

Dean Signature

Effective Date

Cooperative Education Internship

CEI 450


Jean Foss

Fall 1975

University-Wide Cooperative Education Internship

CEI 475


Jean Foss

Summer 1976

Keys to Success for the Science Major

SAH 160


Mike Nelson

Spring 2002

First Year Student Seminar

UWL 100

Terry Beck, Bill Cerbin


Fall 200


Finally, the UCC was charged with reporting on the standards used to evaluate non-departmental courses. In our discussion, the UCC found that the guidelines set forth last year were appropriate for evaluating non-departmental course proposals. For the purposes of the UCC, the main difference between non-departmental and departmental courses proposals is the source of long-term support for the course. Whereas a departmental course normally derives its support from the department in which it is housed or the program that it serves, a non-departmental course could derive its support from one or more sources including a college or colleges, or the entire university. The guidelines for evaluation of proposals states that presenters of any curricular change should be prepared to provide evidence that there are sufficient faculty/staff resources with necessary expertise and adequate infrastructure resources to offer the course/program in the long term. It is therefore necessary that an individual presenting any course proposal must convince the UCC that a long-term commitment of resources has been made to support the course in question. For this reason, the UCC feels that non-departmental courses are like any other course proposal and will be given the same, or perhaps more careful attention to quality, student/societal needs, and resource availability that all course proposals receive.