August 25, 2006
TO: Jeff Baggett, Convener
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
FROM: Carmen Wilson, Chair
RE: Committee Charge for 2006-2007 Academic Year
This memo is intended to serve as the initial charge letter to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the 2006-07 academic year. Please share this memo with the committee members.
Per Faculty Senate Bylaw II. (s): “Each faculty committee shall hold an organizational meeting and report the name of the chairperson to the senate office by October 1. (Joint Chairpersons are not permitted.)”
Therefore, as the convener of the UCC, please arrange, as soon as feasible, an organizational meeting. In addition to a chairperson, please also elect a secretary.
Primary responsibilities of the chairperson include:
o promptly informing the Senate office (5-8018) the results of the election of officers and any changes in committee membership.*
o organizing and conducting meetings.
o completing a year end report on the UCC activities to be submitted to the Senate Office no later than May 31, 2007.
*The committee chairperson should carefully review Faculty Senate Bylaw II, “Faculty Standing Committees” for information on committee attendance and the role of alternates.
Primary responsibilities of the secretary include:
o recording minutes of each meeting.
o promptly sending meeting minutes to Sibbie Weathers (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that the minutes can be posted on the faculty senate website.
In the event the committee chooses to rotate secretarial duties, please designate one person to be responsible for e-mailing the meeting minutes to Sibbie Weathers.
According to Faculty Senate Bylaw II. S. The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, the duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include:
- Determining curricula for students in the various academic programs.
- Receiving proposals for all undergraduate curricular changes from the various academic departments.
- Initiating, developing and recommending changes in the design of curriculum for experimental and research purposes.
- Informing department chairpersons, in writing, of proposals being considered that relate to experimental curricula or their programs, thus providing adequate opportunity for departments to be heard prior to committee and senate action on such proposals.
- Evaluating curriculum proposals by a hierarchical set of criteria, taking into consideration the needs of students and of society, the mission of the university, the necessity for quality programs, and the ability of the department and college to meet the resource needs of the proposal.
- Coordinating the various curricula through formal consultation with the academic departments.
- Publishing the agenda of regularly scheduled meetings in the university newsletter.
- Authorizing substitutions or waivers for individual students.
In addition to the committee's normal duties, I ask that the committee consider and report on the following special charge:
- Respond to the recommendation from the General Education Committee about university wide requirements for the B.S. and B.A. degrees. Please consult with the General Education Committee for their specific recommendation.
Please plan to submit a report on the above charge to faculty senate no later than October 12, 2006. If you have questions or concerns regarding this charge, please contact me at any time during the year.
Finally, if the Senate Executive Committee or I can assist your committee in any way during the year, please do not hesitate to ask.