Minutes of the Undergraduate Studies Committee



Attending Voting Members: J. Budiman (CAEE), M. Bauer (CS), G. Pulliam (HUM/CAC), J. Cesarone (MMAE), B. Steffenson (SSCI), R. Trygstad (ITM), J. Twombly (SSB), G. Popovic (MSED), N. Menhart (BIOL), R. Ellis (AMAT), J. Miller (PSYC), L. Coffey (PHYS), N. Karuri (CHBE), A. Schachman (ARCH),  A.Unni (CHEM), R. Wadhwani (SGA), J. Saniie (ECE), P. Troyk (BME), M. Safar (INTM)


Also attending: J. Gorzkowski (UGAA), G. Welter (UGAA),  G. Smith (UGAA), V. Foster (Compliance), J. Snapper (Fac. Council), K. Stetz (Dean of Students) C. Torres (ARCH), M. Lopez (One-Stop), C. Emmons (Assessment), J-F Pombert (BIOL), G. Conners (SGA), J. Becker (SGA), V. Shah (SGA).


Absent departments:  ROTC.


Quorum: 12:50


Documents pertaining to this meeting are at:



Meeting is chaired by Kathryn Spink.

Adjourn: 1:43 p.m.

Minutes recorded by Pulliam.


Old business

1) Minutes of 9/23 meeting approved by unanimous consent with no changes.


2)(Spink) Proposed changes to course/teacher evaluations.  Responses from departments.  Chair will convey substance of discussion to Vice-provost White.


3) (Steffenson) Proposal for core curriculum change back to two required 300+ courses in social/behavioral sciences; also to authorize UGAA to deal with transfer students on a case-by-case basis during the transition.  Both pass unanimously.


New business

4) (Pulliam) Information item:  Upper-level humanities (H) course offerings to be down 20% from Spring 2014.


5) (Pombert) Degree proposal: Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics.  Discussion, with vote to come at 10/28 UGSC meeting.