Institute Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

20022003 Annual Report

 

August 18, 2003

 

Joseph L.A. Hughes

20022003 IUCC Chair

The IUCC held 24 meetings during 20022003 to consider curriculum requests and student petitions. The Study Abroad Subcommittee, which also reports to the Institute Graduate Committee, met three times and approved 19 proposals for Spring or Summer 2003 study abroad programs.

Most of the curriculum requests were for approval of new courses or modification of existing courses. No new undergraduate degree programs were requested this year.

Core Area B was revised to require three credit hours of free electives, plus one excess credit hour from Core Area A. Additionally, a policy was established that all undergraduate degree programs must include required coursework to ensure that graduates satisfy the general education requirements in computer literacy, including computer programming. Two new courses that satisfy the programming and computer literacy general education requirements were approved: CS 1315 Introduction to Media Computation and CS 1371 Computing for Engineers.

Reflecting these changes, revisions in the introductory computer science course requirements were approved for 15 degree programs (Biology; Building Construction; Economics; Economics and International Affairs; Global Economics and Modern Languages; History, Technology, and Society; Industrial Design; International Affairs; International Affairs and Modern Languages; Management; Materials Science and Engineering; Polymer and Fiber Engineering; Public Policy; Science, Technology, and Culture; and undesignated BS with a major in architecture).

Other modifications to degree requirements were approved for 10 programs (Aerospace Engineering, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Building Construction, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Management, and Materials Science and Engineering). The committee approved new or modified minors in Architectural History, Modern Languages, and Multi-disciplinary Design /Arts History.

The IUCC received 903 student petitions during 2002-2003, including 249 requests for readmission. (By comparison, the respective numbers were 969 and 282 in 2001-02 and 885 and 266 in 2000-2001.) The majority of these petitions were handled by the Registrar under delegated authority or by a petitions subcommittee. The IUCC heard 17 appeals (compared to 16 in 2001-02 and 12 in 2000-01) from students whose petitions had previously been denied. The table at the end of this report summarizes the petitions received and actions taken by the committee.

Workload continues to be a major concern. The number of faculty members on the committee was recently increased to 17. This has resulted in improved committee performance in some areas, particularly the review of petitions by committee subgroups. However, requests for personal appeals have continued to increase and now consume a substantial portion of full committee meetings. The committee is considering the establishment of a written policy regarding the handling of student petitions and appeals to address some of these concerns.

Two other issues, general education and program review, are expected to require significant increases in committee attention during 2003-04. Both of these issues are driven in part by external requirements and require significant coordination with other campus groups.


Summary of Petitions and Appeals for 2002-03

 

Petitions

Denied

% Denied

Appeals

Denied

Re-admit after drop

249

38

15%

2

2

Late withdrawal or change all grades to W

199

64

32%

10

4

Substitute course(s), use previous grade/credit

110

15

14%

1

 

Waiver of 36 hr or 10 yr rule

110

9

8%

 

 

Return after withdrawal without waiting

96

11

11%

 

 

Cross/concurrent enrollment

41

10

24%

 

 

Register for excess hours in a term

19

1

5%

 

 

Change grade basis of a course

14

6

43%

 

 

Change academic standing

12

4

33%

1

1

Add/delete course(s) from schedule/transcript

10

5

50%

 

 

Participate in varsity athletics with <12 hours

8

1

13%

 

 

Graduate with a low GPA

7

3

43%

2

 

Extend I grade for another term

5

1

20%

 

 

Humanities/social sciences issues

4

2

50%

 

 

Graduate with fewer than required credit hours

2

2

100%

1

1

Other issues

17

3

18%

 

 

TOTALS

903

175

19%

17

8