Proposal for an

Undergraduate Curriculum Advisory Committee

Updated:  January 30, 2008


Rationale.  Collaboration across disciplines to strengthen both research and teaching is becoming more and more important.  Key campus initiatives, such as the IUPUI academic program, the life sciences initiative, and the Principles of Undergraduate Learning, have curricular implications for all undergraduate programs and would benefit from ongoing cross-disciplinary discussions among faculty.  Curricular decisions are often made in units without the benefit of conversation with colleagues in other units who might be affected by these changes, and curricular changes often have substantial impact beyond the department or school in which the changes are made.  As stipulated in the Constitution of the Indiana University Faculty, the curriculum is both the prerogative and the responsibility of the faculty, and since the Campus Planning Committee has recommended the creation of a deliberative body of faculty to deal with curricular issues, a forum to explore collaborative, interdisciplinary  programs, to discuss curricular matters that have the potential to affect other units and programs on campus, and to offer advice and recommendations to the Chief Academic Officer, the Dean of the Faculties is being proposed for IUPUI.


Responsibilities of the Undergraduate Curriculum Advisory Committee include the following:


  1. 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.
  2. Mediate and propose solutions to resolve curricular disputes between undergraduate programs, in particular when remonstrances cannot be resolved between units.
  3. Encourage interdisciplinary work in teaching, curriculum development, and research, particularly in the life sciences.
  4. Provide collaborative support for the development of IUPUI’s general education program and its guiding Principles of Undergraduate Learning.
  5. Review changes in program requirements that have the potential to affect course enrollments in other schools and programs.
  6. 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 will serve as an advisory body to the Dean of the Faculties on issues of undergraduate curriculum and programs at IUPUI.  The Dean of the Faculties retains final authority over all curricular matters.  For this reason the Dean of the Faculties or his designee will serve as a non-voting member on the UCAC.


Membership of the UCAC will be a committee of nine (9) tenured or tenure track faculty members constituting a representative group from across the campus and the Dean of the Faculties or the Dean’s designee.  New members will be elected annually by the Indianapolis Faculty Council (IFC) from a list of nominees prepared by the IFC Nominating Committee, and a third faculty member will be appointed by the Dean of the Faculties, each to serve three-year terms.  Each school on campus with undergraduate programs will recommend to the Nominating Committee candidates for a slate to be prepared by the Nominating Committee. Three members will rotate off the committee every year with three new members replacing them (a faculty member may serve consecutive terms).  The initial period will have the nine voting members serving staggered terms. 


The members of the committee should be tenure/tenure track faculty who, ideally, chair or serve on a school’s curriculum committee or other appropriate committees.  Associate deans or their equivalent from the different schools on campus should not be considered for this committee.  Faculty members recommended by their schools will be elected from a slate prepared by the IFC’s Nominating Committee and voted on by the IFC in the spring to serve a three-year term beginning in the Fall semester.  The Nominating Committee will slate candidates in such a way as to ensure balance across programs and schools on the IUPUI campus.  There will be no more than two committee members from any one unit with undergraduate programs at any one time.


At the committee’s first meeting each year a chair and a secretary will be elected from the nine (9) committee members.  The primary responsibility of the chair and the secretary is to schedule meetings, prepare the agenda, ensure an orderly discussion, and maintain minutes.


When needed for purposes of information, representatives from the schools directly affected by a proposed policy or decision will be invited to participate in the discussions of the committee.  Representatives can include a school’s dean or associate dean for academics, tenure/tenure track faculty, lecturers, or staff.