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.

Contact Us

senatecoordinator@uoregon.edu

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

Meetings

December 9, 2021 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Remote Meeting

October 28, 2021 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Remote Meeting

October 14, 2021 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Remote Meeting

September 29, 2021 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Remote Meeting

Reports

Annual Report 2019 - 2020

Annual Report 2018 - 2019

Annual Report 2017 - 2018

Members

Academic Year: 2021-2022

Seat: Co-Chair , Voting Member
Term: -
Faculty
CAS - Natural Sciences
Psychology Department
Elected

Seat: Voting Member
Term: -
Faculty
CAS - Social Sciences
Economics
Elected

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
  • 1 faculty member from CAS Humanities
  • 1 faculty member from CAS Natural Sciences
  • 1 faculty member from CAS Social Sciences
  • 2 faculty members from CAS At-Large
  • 4 students (no more than two from the same school or college)

Note: per US18/19-18, 1 faculty senator will be appointed to serve as a link between the Undergraduate Council.

Ex-Officio, voting members

  • Chair of UO Committee on Courses or their designee
  • Chair of CAS Curriculum Committee 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 President's Office
  • Representative from UO Library

Terms and Workload

Length of Term

  • Non-Student: 3 years, staggered
  • Students: 1 year
  • Ex Officio: indefinite
  • Appointed Senator: 2 years (US18/19-18)

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)