Undergraduate Council

Our Charge and Responsibilities

The Undergraduate Council shall be responsible for reviewing, evaluating and enhancing the quality of the University's academic program. The Council's charge includes:

  1. Review and promote the objectives and purposes of undergraduate education and assure that all policies and procedures, curricula, personnel and teaching decisions that affect undergraduate education are consistent and defensible with the institution's undergraduate education mission as defined in the University's Mission Statement and Statement of Philosophy, Undergraduate Education;
  2. Participate, on behalf of the University faculty, in planning the development and improvement of the undergraduate instructional program of the institution, in consultation with the University President, Officers of Administration and with relevant department heads and program directors;
  3. Formulate, monitor and respond to general academic policies, especially those which have an impact on undergraduate programs across the University;
  4. Develop and recommend new and revised baccalaureate degree requirements and policies as appropriate;
  5. Monitor, help shape, and approve new undergraduate programs (majors, minors, certificates) and changes to existing programs;
  6. Establish criteria and outcomes to determine the success of the overall undergraduate program and review the program and its various components in light of these criteria and outcomes;
  7. Monitor the academic coherence, quality, and standards of the undergraduate academic program to assure the quality and rigor of instruction and evaluations are consistent across the curriculum.

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Committee Type: Standing
Committee Category: Academic and Research
Selection Process: Elected
Time Commitment: 40-60 hours per year


December 7, 2022 1:00pm–2:30pm
Remote Meeting

November 23, 2022 1:00pm–2:30pm
Remote Meeting

November 9, 2022 1:00pm–2:30pm
Remote Meeting

October 26, 2022 1:00pm–2:30pm
Remote Meeting


Academic Year 2024-2025

Seat: Voting Member
Term: -
School of Music and Dance

Seat: Voting Member
Term: -
Journalism and Communication
Journalism and Communication

Quick Facts on Committee Service

Annual Committee appointment process for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently in process.

Please check back for updated membership.

Undergraduate Council

Leadership Structure

  • Chair: elected from the committee membership
  • Convener: Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
  • Staff Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

Election Schedule for Chair: Last meeting of Spring term

Membership Requirements

General Membership

Membership of the Undergraduate Council is fixed:

  • 1 faculty member from College of Design
  • 1 faculty member from College of Business
  • 1 faculty member from College of Education
  • 1 faculty member from SOJC
  • 1 faculty member from School of Music & Dance
  • 1 faculty member from Honors College
  • 1 faculty member from Law School
  • College of Arts & Sciences - 6 total, no 2 from the same department, at least 1 from each division:
    • Humanities
    • Natural Sciences
    • Social Sciences
  • 4 students (no more than two from the same school or college)

Ex-Officio, voting members

  • Chair of UO Committee on Courses or their designee

Ex-Officio, non-voting members

  • Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies or their designee
  • University Registrar or their designee
  • Representative from Office of Academic Affairs or their designee
  • Director of Academic Advising or their designee
  • Director or Teaching Effectiveness Program or their designee
  • Representative from UO Libraries

Terms and Workload

Length of Term

  • Non-Student: 3 years, staggered
  • Students: 1 year
  • Ex Officio: indefinite

Term Limits

  • For the Chair: 2 consecutive terms
  • For committee members: 2 consecutive terms is recommended, but not required
  • Ex Officio: none

Term limits to be considered a guideline, rather than a rule.

Workload Designation

  • For the Chair: approx 70 hours/year or more. The chair (or designee) is an Ex Officio, voting member of the Academic Council (Tier 3: 0 - 20 hours/year) and the Honorary Degrees and Distinguished Service Awards Committee (Tier 3: 0 - 20 hours/year)
  • For committee members: 20 - 40 hours/year (Tier 2)