Institute Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

2001–2002 Annual Report


November 22, 2002


Joseph L.A. Hughes

2001–2002 IUCC Chair

The IUCC held 20 meeting during 2001–2002 to consider curriculum requests and student petitions.  Additional meetings were held by the Study Abroad Subcommittee, which also reports to the Institute Graduate Committee, and by the General Education Requirements Subcommittee.

Most of the curriculum requests were for approval of new courses or modification of existing courses.  Two new undergraduate degree programs were recommended: BS in Economics and International Affairs and BS in Global Economics and Modern Languages.  The BS in Textile and Fiber Engineering was changed to a BS in Polymer and Fiber Engineering, with substantial curriculum modifications.  The offering of degrees in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering through the Georgia Tech Regional Engineering Program was recommended.

Modifications to degree requirements were approved for eight programs (Aerospace Engineering, Computer Engineering, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Electrical Engineering, International Affairs, International Affairs and Modern Languages, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear and Radiological Engineering).  The committee approved new or modified minors in Cognitive Science, Fiber Enterprise Management, Legal Studies (later changed to Law, Science, and Technology at the request of the Chancellor’s Office), and Modern Languages.  The committee approved new or modified certificate programs in Biomedical Engineering, Cognitive Science, Fiber Enterprise Management, and Pre-Law.

Other curriculum related actions during the year included the following:

The IUCC received 969 student petitions during 2001-2002, including 282 requests for readmission.  (By comparison, the numbers for 2000-2001 were 885 and 266, respectively.)  The majority of these were handled by the Registrar under delegated authority or by a petitions subcommittee.  The IUCC heard 16 appeals (compared to 12 in 2000-01) from students whose petitions had previously been denied.  An area of concern is the number of requests for late withdrawal from courses or from school or for a change to “W” of a previously assigned grade, with 191 petitions during the year.