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Undergraduate Program Committee

UPC Responsibilities:

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 (2014-2015):

  • Matthew Santirocco, (Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs), Chair
  • Bassam Abed (School of Professional Studies)
  • Hilary Ballon (NYU Abu Dhabi)
  • Dennis Di Lorenzo (Dean, School of Professional Studies)
  • Michael Dinwiddie (Gallatin School of Individualized Study)
  • Nicholas Geacintov (FAS, NYU Shanghai)
  • Eric Greenleaf (Stern School of Business)
  • Gerald Landsberg (Silver School of Social Work)
  • Ann Marie Mauro (College of Nursing)
  • James McBrideg (Liberal Studies)
  • Gigliana Melzi (Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development) [Aurora Wallace in fall 2014]
  • Fred Schwarzbach (Dean, Liberal Studies)
  • Mark Siegal (FAS, Biology)
  • Peter Voltz (Polytechnic School of Engineering)
  • Deborah Willis (Tisch School of the Arts)
  • Division of Libraries (1 representative)
  • Full-Time Non-Tenure Track/Contract Faculty Senators Council (1 representative)
  • Student Senators Council (3 representatives)
  • Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Senators Council (1 representative)

ex officio

  • David W. McLaughlin (Provost)
  • Brianna Bates (Assistant Director, Academic Program Review)
  • Russ Hamberger (Associate Provost for Academic Program Review)
  • Diana Karafin (Director of Assessment and Evaluation)
  • Nancy Morrison (Vice President for Global Programs)
  • Ryan Poynter (Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs)

UPC Review Meeting Schedule:

Fall Semester Meeting #1
Deadline for Submission of Proposals:  Wednesday, October 25, 2014
MEETING DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 (1:00 - 2:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: President's Conference Room (1218 Bobst Library)
Fall Semester Meeting #2
Deadline for Submission of Proposals: Wednesday, November 26, 2014
MEETING DATE/TIME: Thursday, December 11, 2014 (10:00 - 11:30 a.m.)
LOCATION: President's Conference Room (1218 Bobst Library)
Spring Semester Meeting #1
Deadline for Submission of Proposals: Thursday, January 22, 2015
MEETING DATE/TIME: Thursday, February 5, 2015 (2:00 - 3:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: President's Conference Room (1218 Bobst Library)
Spring Semester Meeting #2
Deadline for Submission of Proposals: Thursday, March 10, 2015
MEETING DATE/TIME: Thursday, March 24, 2015 (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: President's Conference Room (1218 Bobst Library)
Spring Semester Meeting #3
Deadline for Submission of Proposals: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
MEETING DATE/TIME: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 (2:00 - 3:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: President's Conference Room (1218 Bobst Library)

UPC Guidelines for Proposals:

Proposals for new undergraduate initiatives should be submitted to Ryan Poynter, Assistant Vice Provost, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, at ryan.poynter@nyu.edu

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 UPC 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 UPC must include the following:

  • Completed State Education Department (SED) forms
  • 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).

 

Students

Graduate Program Committee

The Graduate Program Committee 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.

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