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Undergraduate Curriculum Advisory Committee

UCAC Responsibilities:

  • Review all proposals from NYU New York schools and from portal campuses (NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai) for new undergraduate majors and degree programs, as well as for minors that involve courses from more than one school.
  • Undertake the necessary due-diligence, which includes determining if proposals duplicate, complement, or supplement existing programs on campus, as well as confirming that the schools’ procedures for consulting with and obtaining approval from faculty and other schools/departments have been followed.
  • Advise the Provost on whether the criteria have been met (see “Guidelines for Proposals” below).

UCAC Membership:

The committee is chaired by the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs. It includes at least one faculty representative from each undergraduate school and from each of the portal campuses, in addition to two Undergraduate Deans. The term of service for committee members is three years. The three-year terms are staggered, such that only one third of the membership changes every year. Finally, the following administrators serve on the committee in an ex officio capacity: Vice President for Global Programs, Assistant Provost for Academic Program Review, and Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Matthew Santirocco, (Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs), Chair
Bassam Abed (SCPS)
Hilary Ballon (Deputy Vice Chancellor, NYUAD)
Jennifer Carpenter (Stern, Faculty Senators Council)
Mason Dettloff (Student Senators Council)
Lisa Goldfarb (Gallatin)
Gigliana Melzi (Steinhardt)
Gerald Landsberg (Social Work)
Ann Marie Mauro (Nursing)
Geeta Menon (Dean, Stern Undergraduate)
Phillip Mitsis (CAS)
Gabrielle Starr (Dean, CAS)
Peter Voltz (NYU-Poly)
Joanna Waley Cohen (Dean of Arts and Science, NYU-Shanghai)
Heidi White (Liberal Studies)
Deborah Willis (TSOA)

ex officio
Brianna Bates (Accreditation Coordinator)
Russ Hamberger (Associate Provost for Academic Program Review)
Diana Karafin (Assistant Director for Academic Assessment)
Nancy Morrison (Vice President for Global Programs)
Ryan Poynter (Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs)

UCAC Review Meeting Schedule:

Fall Semester Meeting #1
Deadline for Submission of Proposals:  Wednesday, October 16, 2013
MEETING DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 (10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
LOCATION: NoHo Conference Room (1110 Bobst)
Fall Semester Meeting #2
Deadline for Submission of Proposals: Thursday, December 5, 2013
MEETING DATE/TIME: Thursday, December 19, 2013 (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: NoHo Conference Room (1110 Bobst)
Spring Semester Meeting #1
Deadline for Submission of Proposals: Monday, February 24, 2014
MEETING DATE/TIME: Monday, March 10, 2014 (3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: NoHo Conference Room (1110 Bobst)
Spring Semester Meeting #2
Deadline for Submission of Proposals: Monday, April 14, 2014
MEETING DATE/TIME: Monday, April 28, 2014 (3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: NoHo Conference Room (1110 Bobst)

UCAC Guidelines for Proposals:

Proposals for new undergraduate initiatives should be submitted to Ryan Poynter, Assistant Vice Provost, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, at

Proposals are generally due two weeks prior to a review meeting.

All proposals (both majors and minors) must include the following:

(1) Evidence that the following criteria have been met:

  1. Program relevance to the school(s) involved
  2. Adequacy of the program in covering an academic discipline or topic area
  3. Either its uniqueness within the NYU academic community or the ways in which it will collaborate with and enhance               already-existing programs that are similar or related
  4. Vetting within the host school, including consultation with relevant faculty committee(s), as well as across                            schools/programs with similarly aligned disciplines (letters of support from the relevant school Deans should be attached to the proposal)

(2) Text for an Advisement Statement for students.  The statement will provide guidance to students who are deciding whether the major/monir is appropriate for their academic plans.  The Advisement Statement should include the following elements:

  1. Restrictions, requirements, and rationale (e.g., student competencies, such as an advanced understanding of subject            matter; limitations, such as for non-majors only or for students in specified schools/programs; required course                    sequencing)
  2. Information about how students may count courses in their progress to degree completion (e.g., option to double count        courses toward core, major, and/or minor requirements).

Proposals requiring State approval:

New degree programs (e.g., undergraduate majors) are required to obtain State approval through the Office of Academic Program Review.  The UCAC will review materials prepared for State approval and make its recommendation to the Provost, who has final authority on academic oversight.  The Office of the Provost will then notify the proposal sponsor and the Office of Academic Program Review when a proposal is approved to move forward in the State review process.  If any concerns with proposals are raised, the proposal will be referred to the sponsor for possible revision and Provostial reconsideration.

In addition to items 1 and 2 above, proposals for new degree programs submitted to the UCAC must include the following:

  • Completed State Education Department (SED) forms (Tasks 2 through 10, where appropriate)
  • Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Plan
  • Undergraduate Program Requirements

These forms are available here.

Proposals for Minors: Please include the following information in your proposal.

  1. Name and description of minor (250 words or less)
  2. Comment on how this fits into the curriculum of the department or school
  3. Course requirements, sequencing, credits and descriptions
  4. List of faculty, including affiliation and highest degree earned
  5. Advisement statement (as noted below)
  6. Letters of support from schools/departments/programs with similar and/or complementary offerings
  7. Confirmation of adequate resources to consistently offer minor so that students can progress toward completion (e.g., depth in faculty to accommodate sabbaticals, additional sections).



Graduate Commission

The Graduate Commission reviews all new master's and doctoral program proposals to ensure that each of NYU's schools with graduate components maintains comparable standards of work for the degrees and that there is no curricular overlap between or among the schools. The Commission is composed of one dean, one faculty member, and one student representative from each school with a graduate program.

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