UUCC Guidelines

Overview

The University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee is responsible for course and program issues that affect undergraduate instructional programs of the university. The UUCC meets monthly during the academic year for review and approval of proposals for new courses and programs, as well as changes in existing programs. The committee is also responsible for facilitating implementation of strategic initiatives related to undergraduate curricula. Revised guidelines for the committee follow.

University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

A. Membership
The committee shall consist of voting faculty members elected by the faculty of each of the schools, colleges or units representing VCU undergraduate programs; and faculty members appointed by the dean from the faculty at large within each of those schools, colleges or units. All programs participating in undergraduate studies must submit curriculum matters to the committee for consideration and approval, whether directly represented on the committee or not.

The criteria that will be employed in selecting and appointing representatives are:

  • Full-time faculty, tenure-track or term, or program representatives
  • At least two years of service at VCU
  • At least two years of instructional experience, preferably on the undergraduate level
  • Experience or an interest in departmental or school-level curriculum planning

Elections and appointments for representatives are completed in a spring semester with service to the committee beginning in the following fall semester. Committee members from the same school or college will serve staggered three-year terms.

The senior vice provost for academic affairs will appoint a member of the committee to serve as chair. The chair will be responsible for developing a regular schedule of meetings, providing administrative support to the UUCC and circulating UUCC agendas and minutes to the deans and other appropriate administrators. The chair position will function as a tie-breaking vote during meetings, if necessary. Additionally the chair shall be permitted to make administrative curriculum changes as long as these changes are noted in the minutes and the UUCC is informed of the action, providing its consent without objection.

Ex-officio members of the committee serve in advisory or implementation capacity to the committee. These representatives consist of the following positions (or a designee from these areas may represent in service to the committee):

  • Director of assessment
  • Degree Audit representative
  • Library representative
  • Office of Records and Registration representative
  • Undergraduate Bulletin representative

B. Committee charge
Through the collaborative work of its members, the UUCC will oversee all undergraduate curricular issues including responsibility for General Education Requirements (minimum 30 credit hours inclusive of the University Core Education Curriculum); review and approve new degree program proposals; review and approve proposed changes to requirements in the major; review and approve proposed curriculum changes including course additions and deletions; and review other curricular matters effecting the undergraduate curriculum as a whole, including additional sources of academic credit such as AP, IB and Cambridge test scores and credits from approved organizations for consideration to course equivalency. All schools with undergraduate programs, through their deans, retain responsibility for curriculum development and revisions as well as the ongoing management of courses and programs within their respective areas.

Specifically, the primary duty of the committee is to review all undergraduate curriculum proposals, changes and deletions plus other related actions proposed by the schools in order to ensure academic quality, curricular consistency and availability of appropriate resources, as well as to avoid curricular duplication. When appropriate, the committee will make recommendations to schools with undergraduate programs to facilitate the above-stated goals.

Approved by the Provost November 2014
Revised 10/23/14