The Undergraduate Affairs Committee (UAC) is a standing faculty oversight and advisory body for the IUPUI campus comprised of associate deans and faculty members engaged in leading undergraduate curricula from across all schools conferring undergraduate degrees. It serves as the main undergraduate affairs governing and advisory board for the IUPUI campus, overseeing approval of new undergraduate degrees, subplans, minors, certificates, and name changes.
The UAC also oversees curricula and policies associated with the IUPUI General Education Core, including the review and coordination of undergraduate curriculum changes involving general education courses. It also coordinates the updating of four-year degree maps and helps to guide the development of curricular and academic policies to support on-time degree completion by beginning students, transfer students, and re-engaged adult learners. Finally, if the IFC Undergraduate Curriculum Advisory Committee (UCAC) is disbanded, the UAC will assume responsibilities of UCAC, including overseeing the undergraduate course remonstrance process and mediating or proposing solutions to resolve curricular disputes between undergraduate programs.
Priorities and Goals for the Undergraduate Affairs Committee:
- Review and approve new courses to the IUPUI General Education Core. In partnership with the Program Review and Assessment Committee, develop and implement procedures to continuously review direct and indirect evidence of student learning from general education courses, and to share feedback with academic departments to help improve student learning.
- Review assessment data related to the IUPUI Principles of Undergraduate Learning and evaluate relations between student grades, PUL ratings provided by faculty, and direct assessments of authentic student work embedded within general education courses. Provide leadership with respect to improving institutional effectiveness in the realm of undergraduate education, particularly in relation to the reaffirmation of accreditation process.
- Develop administrative academic policies regarding the implementation of the IUPUI General Education Core and share these policies with the IUPUI Faculty Council and with the Division of Enrollment Management, particularly the Academic Policies and Procedures Committee.
- Provide leadership for undergraduate curricular initiatives that span academic units (e.g., Single Articulation Pathways, Capstones, First Year Seminars, Themed Learning Communities, the Degree Qualifications Profile, Signature Assignment development, the use of VALUE rubrics to assess student artifacts, Degree Maps).
- Coordinate and communicate curricular changes, particularly those that can have significant implications for student enrollment patterns. Monitor prerequisites to ensure that they are clearly communicated to students and reflected in degree maps.
- Assume the charge of the Undergraduate Curriculum Advisory Committee, which is to “Review all new campus undergraduate programs with particular consideration of proposed courses that may overlap with or duplicate existing courses or programs in other schools, and oversee the undergraduate course remonstrance process; mediate and propose solutions to resolve curricular disputes between undergraduate programs, in particular when remonstrances cannot be resolved between units; encourage interdisciplinary work in teaching, curriculum development, and research, particularly in the life sciences; provide collaborative support for the development of IUPUI’s general education program and its guiding Principles of Undergraduate Learning; review changes in program requirements that have the potential to affect course enrollments in other schools and programs; screen all activities involved in the creation, revision, and elimination of undergraduate degree programs with a view to upholding the integrity of the Mission and Vision of IUPUI, as well as the value of undergraduate degrees, certificates, and programs at IUPUI.” The UCAC could then be eliminated as an IFC standing committee.
- Seek out opportunities to strategically advise on the creation of new degree programs that can help to address evolving state needs and support economic development.