Undergraduate Program Committee

Charge

The Undergraduate Program Committee advises the Provost on proposals from colleges, schools, and portal campuses for new undergraduate majors and degree programs, as well as for cross-school minors. The Committee reviews all such program proposals to ensure that the University’s colleges, schools, and portal campuses with undergraduate components maintain comparable standards of work for the degrees; that units proposing new programs have consulted appropriate colleges, schools, and/or portal campuses; and that there is minimal curricular overlap between or among the units. At the request of the President and Chancellor and/or the Provost, or at its own discretion, the Committee may also formulate recommendations on other matters that relate to undergraduate education in the University.

UPC Membership

The voting members of the Committee include at least:

  • one elected faculty representative from each college, school, and portal campus involved in undergraduate education, elected by the applicable college, school, or portal campus;
  • two undergraduate deans selected by the Deans Council;
  • a faculty representative from the NYU Libraries, elected by the faculty from the NYU Libraries;
  • a member of the Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Senators Council, selected by the Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Senators Council;
  • a member of the Full-Time Non-Tenure Track/Contract Faculty Senators Council, selected by the Full-Time Non-Tenure Track/Contract Faculty Senators Council; and
  • three members of the Student Senators Council, selected by the Student Senators Council.

The term of service for Committee members is three years, unless filling a vacancy; representatives from the Student Senators Council typically serve for one year. Terms are staggered, such that approximately one-third of the membership changes every year.

Members (2017-2018):

  • Ulrich Baer (Vice Provost for Faculty and Undergraduate Academic Affairs), chair
  • Katherine Boss (Libraries)
  • Lauren Davis (TSOA, Recorded Music)
  • Francisco de Leon (Tandon, Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Nicholas Geacintov (NYU SH; FAS, Chemistry)
  • John Halpin (FAS, Chemistry; C-FSC)
  • Philip Kain (Liberal Studies)
  • Itmum Momin (SSC/NYU Shanghai)
  • Shannon Morgan (SSC/SPS)
  • Julie Mostov (Dean, Liberal Studies)
  • Domingo Piñero (Steinhardt, Nutrition and Food Studies)
  • Millery Polyné (Gallatin)
  • Saribel Quinones (Meyers)
  • Jon Ritter (C-FSC; FAS, Art History)
  • Edin Thornton (SSC/CAS)
  • Daniel Tranchina (T-FSC; FAS, Biology)
  • Peter Voltz (Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Academics, Tandon)
  • Paul Wachtel (Stern, Economics)
  • Bryan Waterman (NYU AD; FAS, English and American Literature)
  • Connee Zotos (SPS, Sports Management, Media, and Business)
  • TBD Silver School of Social Work representative

    EX OFFICIO

  • Katherine E. Fleming (University Provost)
  • Lina Janusas (Multistate Academic Compliance Administrator, Office of Academic Program Review & Assessment)
  • Diana Karafin (Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Program Review & Assessment)
  • Nancy Morrison (Vice President for Global Programs)
  • Ryan Poynter (Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs)

UPC Review Meeting Schedule

Fall Semester Meeting #1
Deadline for submission of proposals: Wednesday, September 26, 2017
MEETING DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 9:30-11:00am
LOCATION: President's Conference Room (Bobst, Room 1218)

Fall Semester Meeting #2
Deadline for submission of proposals: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
MEETING DATE/TIME: Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 10:00-11:30am
LOCATION: TBD

Fall Semester Meeting #3
Deadline for submission of proposals: Monday, December 4, 2017
MEETING DATE/TIME: Monday, December 18, 2017, 10:00-11:30am
LOCATION: TBD

Spring Semester Meeting #1
Deadline for submission of proposals: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
MEETING DATE/TIME: Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 9:30-11:00am
LOCATION: TBD

Spring Semester Meeting #2
Deadline for submission of proposals: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
MEETING DATE/TIME: Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 9:30-11:00am
LOCATION: TBD

Spring Semester Meeting #3
Deadline for submission of proposals, Tuesday, April 10, 2018
MEETING DATE/TIME: Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 2:00-3:30pm
LOCATION: President's Conference Room (Bobst, Room 1218)

UPC Guidelines for Proposals

The following items are subject to formal review by the UPC:

I. Proposals for new undergraduate majors

II. Proposals for new undergraduate minors that include (or could include) courses from more than one school

III. Certain “substantive” changes to registered undergraduate programs (see “Changes to Registered Programs,” below)

• Proposals for new majors and minors (categories I and II) must be submitted to the committee using the UPC Proposal Forms:

UPC Proposal Form for New Majors
UPC Proposal Form for New Minors

NOTE: Proposals for new majors must be reviewed by the Office of Academic Program Review & Assessment prior to submission. They must also include a basic learning outcomes assessment plan. (See questions 5 and 9 on the UPC Proposal Form for New Majors.)

• Proposals for certain changes to registered programs (category III) must be submitted using the relevant New York State forms, which are available on the website of the Office of Academic Program Review.

All proposals are due two weeks before the committee meeting at which they will be reviewed. (Please see above the committee meeting schedule and submission deadlines.)

Completed proposal forms should be sent via email to Ryan Poynter (Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs) at ryan.poynter@nyu.edu.

Proposers will be asked to give a brief presentation (typically 5 minutes) at the UPC meeting and answer committee members’ questions about the proposal. There are four possible outcomes:

(1) The proposal is recommended, with no conditions, for approval by the Provost.

(2) The proposal is recommended, contingent upon certain revisions, which are communicated to the proposer.

(3) The proposer is asked to make revisions and resubmit the proposal for further review at a future UPC meeting.

(4) The proposal is not recommended for approval.

Proposers will be notified once approval is granted by the Provost. At that point, schools and departments seeking New York State approval for new majors and changes to registered programs will be authorized to begin working with the Office of Academic Program Review & Assessment to prepare State forms.