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80. Undergraduate Council

  1. Purpose.

    To set standards for and policy on undergraduate education and to provide advice and consent on all matters of policy, planning, and practice that impact the quality of undergraduate programs and undergraduate students’ educational experiences at UCSB.
  2. Membership.

    Members are selected to ensure broad representation of the academic departments, colleges, professional schools and inter-departmental programs that offer undergraduate curricula. The Council consists of at least twelve (12) Senate members with vote, appointed by the Committee on Committees. In addition, there is one non-Senate academic representative with the title of Lecturer, appointed by the Committee on Committees, and one undergraduate and one graduate student representative, appointed by the Associated Students and the Graduate Student Association, respectively. The Council Chair and Vice Chair are designated by the Committee on Committees. One member is appointed to the Universitywide Committee on Educational Policy by the Committee on Committees. The Chair is a member of the Executive Council.
  3. Organization.

    The Council Chair, in consultation with the membership, shall appoint any number of individuals or ad hoc committees in response to Administrative or joint Administrative/ Senate committee needs. In so doing, the Chair may consult with the Committee on Committees. Individuals may be appointed from the general Senate membership as necessary. Members so appointed report to the Council. The Council may invite consultants and guests to meetings as deemed appropriate. (Am 22 Apr 04)
  4. Duties.

    The Council:
    1. in consultation with the Committee on Courses and General Education, Committee on Admissions, Enrollment and Relations with Schools, Faculty Executive Committees, and sometimes the entire Faculty, makes policy for undergraduate education at UCSB, including Off Campus Studies and the Washington Center, and advises the Chancellor and the Division on all matters pertaining to undergraduate education.
    2. recommends to the Faculty Legislature undergraduate programs leading to existing and new degrees; may suspend or withdraw approval of undergraduate curricula subject to appeal to the Faculty Legislature; authorizes, supervises and regulates all departmental undergraduate academic programs of instruction; promotes and encourages academic enrichment, including educational diversity and innovation; acts for the Division in the approval or discontinuation of undergraduate minors. In discharging these duties, the Undergraduate Council shall maintain liaison with the Committee on Admissions, Enrollment and Relations with Schools, Committee on Courses and General Education, Graduate Council, the Faculty Executive Committees, and UCSB Extension.
    3. promotes excellence in teaching and instruction and recommends policy on instructional resources to the Council on Research and Instructional Resources.
    4. periodically reviews and evaluates all undergraduate programs of study, including general education, in coordination with the Graduate Council and the Program Review Panel.* In addition to working with the Program Review Panel process, the Council has authority to conduct special or unusual reviews of any aspect of undergraduate programs or training. If the Council judges after a review of a program that it should be modified or discontinued, it initiates proposals to that effect, according to established procedures.
    5. sets standards for honors, reviews campus honors programs, and recommends procedures for awards of undergraduate scholarships and unallocated prizes; recommends to the Chancellor the award of undergraduate scholarships and unallocated prizes according to the terms of donors and Senate policy; provides general supervision over the award of prizes.
    6. considers any student policy issue or relevant aspect of student affairs insofar as these have educational implications or may affect the academic quality of the institution. Council considers these with the purpose of advising student affairs officers and formulating recommendations to the Faculty Legislature or the Associated Students’ Senate (the former if involving faculty, the latter if involving students).
    7. advises the Council on Planning and Budget on budgetary issues related to undergraduate education.
    8. consistent with Senate Bylaw 20 and Senate Bylaw 330 (C), the Undergraduate Council may delegate to Executive Committees and administrators routine administrative decisions related to the regulations and policies that fall within its purview [see Divisional Regulation 250A]. The Undergraduate Council will monitor and review these delegated decisions on a regular basis, and revise its delegation guidelines accordingly. (En 30 May 02; Am 10 May 07; Am 17 Oct 2013)

*The Undergraduate Council delegates to the Program Review Panel the conduct of regular periodic program reviews. The guidelines for the conduct of programmatic reviews are approved by the Undergraduate Council and the Administration. The delegation and guidelines are subject to review by the Undergraduate Council.