September 13, 2004



TO:                  Terry Kelly, Convener

                        Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC)


FROM:            Bruce Riley, Chair

                        Faculty Senate


RE:                  Committee Charge for 2004-2005 Academic Year


This memo is intended to serve as the initial charge letter to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the 2004-05 academic year. 


Each faculty committee is expected to promptly provide the Senate office (5-8018) the results of the election of officers and any changes in committee membership.  Regarding the latter item, the committee chairperson should carefully review the policies on committee attendance and the role of alternates on pgs. 10-11, of the 8-27-01 Articles & By-laws materials distributed by Jennifer Wilson's office.  Following recent practice, we are asking that the committee secretaries e-mail the meeting minutes to Sibbie Weathers, ( so that the minutes can be quickly posted at the Senate Web site.  At the end of the academic year, the committee chair should submit a report on the activities of the UCC for that year.


Duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include:

1. Determining curricula for students in the various academic programs.

2. Receiving proposals for all undergraduate curricular changes from the various academic departments.

3. Initiating, developing and recommending changes in the design of curriculum for experimental and research purposes.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Coordinating the various curricula through formal consultation with the academic departments.

7. Publishing the agenda of regularly scheduled meetings in the university newsletter.

8. Authorizing substitutions or waivers for individual students.

Membership of the committee shall consist of nine faculty members none of whom shall have any designated administrative responsibility, and three students. The faculty membership shall include at least three representatives from the College of Liberal Studies; two representatives from the College of Science and Allied Health; and one representative from each of the following academic units: the College of Business Administration, the College of Education, Exercise Science, Health and Recreation.  The Committee on Faculty Committees shall rotate representation with respect to departments and schools, and so far as possible shall provide alternates for each appointed member. The provost/vice chancellor, registrar, director of the library and academic deans shall serve as administrative consultants to the committee. The committee shall elect its chair.


In addition to the committee’s normal duties, I ask that the committee consider and report on the following special charges:


  • Review the recommendations regarding interdepartmental and extra-departmental courses presented to the Faculty Senate by the Academic Program Review Committee last spring.  As necessary, develop and present to the senate policies for the review of proposals for interdepartmental and extra-departmental courses.


Instead of target dates for receipt of reports, I propose to ask each chair to talk with me in order to schedule dates for the Senate to review the results of these charges.  If you have questions or concerns regarding these charges, 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.