Undergraduate Program Committee
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.
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.
- Georgina Dopico (Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs and the Humanities), chair
- Gay Abel-Bey (C-FSC; TSOA, Film and Television)
- Kofi Afriye (SPS, Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies)
- Amy Becker (NYU Shanghai)
- April Cardena (SGA; SPS student)
- Lindsay Davies (Liberal Studies)
- Michelle Demeter (Libraries)
- James Felder (Tisch)
- Nancy Gleason (NYU Abu Dhabi)
- Cameron Grant (SGA; Liberal Studies)
- Cheryl Healton (Dean, School of Public Health)
- Angie Kamath (Dean, School of Professional Studies)
- Ajay Maindiratta (Stern, Accounting)
- Donna McCabe (Meyers)
- Domingo Piñero (Steinhardt, Nutrition and Food Studies)
- Samantha Santana (SGA; Gallatin student)
- Carol Sternhell (T-FSC; FAS, Journalism)
- Alejandro Velasco (Gallatin) [Spring 2022]
- George Vradis (Tandon, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)
- TBD FAS representative
- Katherine Fleming (Provost)
- Diana Karafin (Vice Provost)
- Nancy Morrison (Vice President for Global Programs)
- Ryan Poynter (Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs)
- Titilayo Weech (Director, Academic Authorization; Office of Academic Program Review and Assessment)
- Jonathan Williams (Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Admissions)
Fall Semester Meeting #1
Deadline for submission of proposals: Tuesday, September 14, 2021
MEETING DATE/TIME: Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Zoom meeting
Fall Semester Meeting #2
Deadline for submission of proposals: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
MEETING DATE/TIME: Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Zoom meeting
Fall Semester Meeting #3
Deadline for submission of proposals: Tuesday, November 16, 2021
MEETING DATE/TIME: Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Zoom meeting
Spring Semester Meeting #1
Deadline for submission of proposals: Tuesday, January 25, 2022
MEETING DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Spring Semester Meeting #2
Deadline for submission of proposals: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
MEETING DATE/TIME: Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Spring Semester Meeting #3
Deadline for submission of proposals: Tuesday, April 5, 2022
MEETING DATE/TIME: Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Spring Semester Meeting #4
Deadline for submission of proposals: Tuesday, April 26, 2022
MEETING DATE/TIME: Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
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 changes to registered undergraduate programs [New York-based programs only]
NEW MAJORS AND MINORS (categories I and II)
Effective fall 2018, the review process for new majors and minors consists of the following steps:
1. Memo of intent (NEW). For each program proposal that they anticipate submitting to the UPC, schools must prepare a memo of intent (1-2 pages) that includes the following:
a. the name of the proposed program and a brief description;
b. expected demand and enrollment goals; and
c. potential overlap and/or collaboration with existing programs at other schools.
The committee will discuss the memo of intent at a regular meeting and will provide guidance regarding the preparation of the full program proposal, as well as any necessary inter-school consultation. Since the goal of this exercise is to start the review process earlier, schools are asked to submit the memo by the proposal deadline of the meeting before the one at which the full proposal will be reviewed. (For example, a school wishing to have a program proposal reviewed at the UPC’s December 13, 2018 meeting should submit a memo of intent for discussion at the October 29 meeting. The submission deadline for that meeting is October 15.) Memos of intent should be sent via email to Ryan Poynter (Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHANGES TO REGISTERED PROGRAMS (category III - New York-based programs only)
The following types of program change requests must be submitted to the UPC for formal review (and approval by the Provost) before they are sent to NYSED:
- a proposal to offer two registered undergraduate programs as a time-shortened dual degree program (for example, a BFA and a B.S. combined as a five-year BFA/B.S. program)
- altering the liberal arts and science content in a way that changes the degree classification (for example, from a B.A. to a B.S.)
- a proposal to change a non-licensure-qualifying program to one that is licensure-qualifying
The following types of program change requests will be shared with the UPC as point of information—unless the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs determines that a particular request may have an impact on another school. In such cases, proposals must go through the UPC's formal review process.
- a cumulative change of one-third or more of the minimum credits required for the award (for example, a change of 20 or more credits in an associate degree program, 40 in a bachelor’s program) since the last approval
- a proposal to offer two registered programs (one undergraduate, the other graduate) as a time-shortened dual degree program (for example, a B.S. and a 2-year M.S. combined as a five-year B.S./M.S.)
- a change in a program’s focus or design
- a program title change
- adding an option or concentration
- any change in the courses required for a program as registered that leads to, or is proposed to lead to, teacher certification
- a change in the location at which a complete program is offered
- a change in the mode of delivery (for example, through contractual arrangement with an external entity, in another language, in an accelerated format, through distance learning)
- a proposal to change an undergraduate certificate or diploma
- a change in award (degree title) to which a program leads (for example, from a B.A. to a B.S.)
- discontinuance of a program
- eliminating an option or concentration
- eliminating a requirement for program completion (for example, eliminating an internship requirement)
- a format change that may result in a change in the program's financial aid eligibility (for example, from day to evening, from weekday to weekend, from full-time to part-time)
If formal review by the UPC is deemed necessary, then the program change request must be submitted to the committee using the relevant New York State forms, which are available on the website of the Office of Academic Program Review & Assessment. (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 email@example.com.
Proposers (typically 1-2 faculty members from the sponsoring school/department) are invited to the meeting to give a 5-minute presentation, which is followed by Q&A with the committee. (This typically takes between 30 and 45 minutes.) There are four possible outcomes to the committee’s deliberations:
a. the program change request is recommended, with no conditions, for approval by the Provost;
b. the program change request is recommended, contingent upon certain revisions, which are communicated to the proposers;
c. the proposers are asked to make revisions and resubmit the proposal for further review at a future UPC meeting; or
d. the program change request is not recommended for approval.
Once the Provost has approved the program change request, the proposers will be notified about next steps.