Undergraduate Studies Council

Role statement

The Undergraduate Studies Council (USC) reviews, develops, and recommends policy regarding undergraduate education, except for the WMU Essential Studies curriculum at Western Michigan University. Policy recommendations shall include, but are not limited to, the establishment of new departmental programs, new interdisciplinary undergraduate programs, apparent duplication between existing programs needs for additional or specialized instruction, and assurance of learning procedures for new and existing undergraduate programs. USC shall, at its discretion of as charged by the Faculty Senate Executive Board, consider any issues it believes directly affects the undergraduate curricula and programs of the University.

Council standing committees

  1. Intellectual Skills Program Advisory Subcommittee—assists the Intellectual Skills Development Program in ensuring that all Western Michigan University undergraduate students are able to demonstrate competencies in reading, writing, and quantitative skills.
  2. Transfer of Credit Subcommittee—reviews transfer policies and procedures.
  3. Service Learning Course Approval Subcommittee—reviews proposed service learning course syllabi to ensure courses meet service learning criteria.

Faculty members of USC committees are nominated by deans, directors or chairs and elected by the council to serve three-year terms.

Charges 2019-20

In addition to its specific responsibilities listed in the Undergraduate Studies Council’s role statement and the work of subcommittees if such exist, the Faculty Senate Executive Board charges the USC to consider, as a committee of the whole or through the appropriate subcommittee or task force, the following issues:

  1. Review the scope and description of the council's role statement and assess the effectiveness of the council's practices. Address any continuing or outstanding issues or initiatives as directed by the Faculty Senate Executive Board.
  2. Research best practices regarding University issued certificates. Review and revise undergraduate certificate program (MOA-14/02).
  3. Research policies and best practices, and recommend established guidelines, to determine if a newly created degree is a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.
  4. Consider and review best practices as well as recommend procedures to award academic credit for professional/industry experience for non-traditional students.

Approved by the Faculty Senate Executive Board on Aug. 2, 2018

NOTE: The USC will seek information from the office of the Associate Provost for Assessment and Undergraduate Studies and related administrative offices to maintain communications with those offices on issues directly related to them. Council recommendations are to be submitted to the Executive Board in the form of memorandum of action (MOA) on which the recommendation(s) is/are stated. Any draft MOAs requested by the Executive Board should be submitted using the MOA template.

The USC chairperson shall provide a written report of the council’s accomplishments and progress for the year; list the above charges noting each items progress and current status; any other activities undertaken; and draft charges for the 2020-21 academic year, no later than June 30, 2020.

Click here for a printable version of the USC 2019-20 Charges