Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

2000–2001 Annual Report

December 4, 2001


  1. The IUCC held 15 regularly scheduled meetings and one special called meeting during 2000–2001 to consider curriculum requests and student petitions.  Additional petition subcommittee meetings also were held.
  2. Most of the curriculum requests were for approval of new courses or modification of existing courses.  A new undergraduate degree program, Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, was approved.  Modifications to degree requirements were approved for 18 programs (Aerospace Engineering; Building Construction; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Discrete Mathematics; Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Economics; Industrial and Systems Engineering; Industrial Design; Mathematics; Materials Science and Engineering; Polymer and Textile Chemistry; Psychology; Science, Technology, and Culture; Textile and Fiber Engineering; Textile Enterprise Management).  Additionally, the committee approved new or modified certificate programs offered by the College of Architecture and the School of Psychology.

Other curriculum related actions during the year included the following:

·        Modified the requirements for Core Area B, including expanded provisions for transfer credit and a new course, COE 1361 – Computing for Engineers.

·        Established a policy on transferability of courses in Core Area C (humanities) and Core Area E (social sciences) and asked the Institute to request of a waiver of University System policy in these areas.

·        Recommended the awarding of one posthumous degree.

·        Established an ad-hoc subcommittee to review general education at Georgia Tech and to recommend specific general education outcomes and assessment practices.  The subcommittee presented a draft report in July 2001 and its work is continuing into 2001-2002.

·        Reviewed the IUCC’s role in the institutional program review process.  An Institutional Review Committee, including an IUCC representative, was established in Spring 2001 to oversee this process.

·        Reviewed the handling of academic issues related to study abroad programs.  Recommended that the Executive Board establish a standing subcommittee, joint with the Institute Graduate Committee, for handling study abroad program academic issues, effective Fall 2001.

·        Approved an accelerated 7-week term for Summer 2001 as a continuation of the experimental offering in Summer 2000.  During 2001-2002, the committee will consider development of a permanent policy.

3.      The IUCC received 885 student petitions during 2000-2001, including 266 requests for readmission.  (By comparison, the numbers for 1999-2000 were 760 and 330, respectively.)  While the majority of these were handled by the Registrar under delegated authority, or by a petitions subcommittee, the IUCC devoted all or most of seven meetings to consideration of petitions, including hearing 12 appeals from students whose petitions had been previously denied.

  1. Committee workload continues to be a major concern, particularly with regard to the increase in the number of student petitions.  Additionally, the establishment of other committees or subcommittees on which the IUCC has representation is likely to continue.  As a result, the IUCC has requested a change in the statues to increase the number of faculty members on the committee.


Respectively submitted:

Joseph L.A. Hughes

2000–2001 IUCC Chair