Institute Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

1999-2000 Annual Report

December 5, 2000

Joseph L.A. Hughes

1999-2000 IUCC Chair


The IUCC held 14 regularly scheduled meetings during 1999-2000 to consider curriculum requests and student petitions. Additional petition subcommittee meetings also were held.

The majority of the curriculum proposals were for approval of new courses or modification of existing courses. Additionally, the committee approved certificate programs proposed by Pulp and Paper Engineering; Literature, Communication, and Culture; Management; Health and Performance Science; and Mathematics. Modifications to degree requirements were approved for several programs.

Other major curriculum-related actions included the approval of an accelerated 7-week summer term as an experiment for Summer 2000 only. The committee will reconsider this issue during 2000-2001 to develop a policy for future years.

The IUCC received over 760 student petitions during 1999-2000, including 330 requests for readmission. 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 five personal appeals from students whose petitions had been previously denied.

The IUCC Chair met with the Executive Board in March 2000 to present a status report and to discuss areas of concern. Committee workload was identified as a major concern, particularly with regard to an apparent substantial increase in the number of student petitions occurring under semesters. Other topics included permanent status for the Study Abroad committee, IUCC size and organization, legal issues related to student privacy, distance education, and program review and assessment. During Summer 2000, the Executive Board directed the IUCC to develop a plan for fulfilling its statutory obligation to review all undergraduate academic programs on a five-year cycle. These issues were reviewed with the committee, with the goal of developing specific proposals during 2000-2001.