Managing UCF’s Curriculum Process
The Division of Teaching and Learning and the College of Undergraduate Studies serves an integral role within UCF’s curriculum management process. Supporting the Faculty Senate’s responsibility for the undergraduate curriculum committees and councils, as defined by the Faculty Constitution, the college works closely with the chair and vice chair of the Undergraduate Council and its committees. The Undergraduate Council reports to the Faculty Senate on undergraduate policy and curriculum matters and reviews all matters referred by the committees of the Undergraduate Council. The Undergraduate Curriculum Review Committee (UCRC), and the Undergraduate Policy and Curriculum Committee (UPCC) conduct the business of the Undergraduate Council with specific duties and responsibilities. The Undergraduate Common Program Oversight Committee oversees university-wide curricular requirements including the General Education Program.
The College of Undergraduate Studies assists the committees throughout the review process, ensures approved courses and programs are sent to the appropriate state agencies, and facilitates the annual review of programs within the Undergraduate Catalog. Those recommendations approved by the vice provost for Teaching and Learning and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies then go to the Provost for approval. With more than 800 individual course action requests and dozens of program-level revisions proposed by departmental curriculum committees in the last academic year, curriculum management is a central part of the university’s focus on student success.
Undergraduate Common Program Oversight Committee (UCPOC)
The UCPOC is a joint committee of the Faculty Senate which provides oversight of courses and alternative plans to fulfill the General Education Program, diversity and technology requirements, as well as other program requirements common to all undergraduate students. View UCPOC page.
Undergraduate Course Review Committee (UCRC)
The UCRC reviews and makes recommendations to the vice provost for Teaching and Learning and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies on all undergraduate course additions, revisions, deletions, and special topics course requests. The characteristics of new and revised regular and special topics courses that are reviewed include title, description, credit hours, syllabus, level, and grading scheme. Deletions of courses are reviewed for impact on both degree programs and the overall curriculum. The committee also makes recommendations on the allocation of the Material and Supplies Fee. View UCRC page.
Undergraduate Policy and Curriculum Committee (UPCC)
The UPCC reviews and provides recommendations to the vice provost for Teaching and Learning and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies on undergraduate policies, instruction and standards, and program review reports that may result in recommendations on any policy or curriculum based on the program reviews. Proposals or implementation of new undergraduate degree programs, minors, or elimination of existing programs are submitted to the dean for Board of Trustees approval. The committee also reviews and provides recommendations from the Undergraduate Common Program Oversight Committee for approval by the Faculty Senate. View UPCC page.
Undergraduate Studies Executive Committee (USEC)
The USEC is a standing committee of the Faculty Senate that reports to the Faculty Senate on undergraduate policy and curriculum matters at each meeting of the full Faculty Senate. View USEC page.
During the State of Florida’s 2016 Legislative Session, House Bill 7019 was passed, amending Section 1004.085. It requires universities to posts lists of required and recommended textbooks and instructional materials for at least 95 percent of all course sections at least 45 days before the start of classes for each term. Visit the Textbook Adoption webpage for details.
Coordinating Articulation Agreements
In support of the student success goals outlined in UCF’s Collective Impact Strategic Plan, the university has a centralized undergraduate articulation agreement process. The Division of Teaching and Learning will coordinate the development of these agreements between UCF’s colleges and the Florida College System.
View Articulation Degree Process page.
Aligning Curriculum with DirectConnect Partners
The Division of Teaching and Learning, in partnership with UCF’s Regional Campuses, engages faculty who are teaching foundational courses from UCF and DirectConnect partners to review and align course syllabi in respect to learning outcomes, course content, and
assessments. As an ongoing activity, curriculum alignment focuses on STEM (e.g., biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and engineering courses) and communication foundations courses (e.g., Speech Communications and Writing & Rhetoric).