UGE College Curriculum

The college's UGE curriculum has been assessed through the dean's office. In particular, an associate dean has been in charge of monitoring implementation at the academic and administrative levels and an assistant dean in charge of monitoring at the level of advising. The inputs to the assessment have been comments from students, from administrators, including those from other colleges, from department heads, from advisors and from the faculty at large. In addition, two college-wide committees have been excellent sources of feedback: the College Committee on Planning and the Course and Curriculum Committee.

Broadly speaking, implementation of the UGE system has been successful as indicated by the fact that only a handful of exceptions had to be made in the UGE requirements for the first group of students who graduated (in May 2001) under those requirements.

A continuing concern, expressed at several levels, including by our students, is a need for more courses at the 300-level and higher. This is being slowly but steadily remedied through the efforts of our faculty members and departments in submitting additional courses for UGE approval.

The UGE program as originally implemented in the College of Arts and Sciences established three broad disciplinary areas among which the 18 UGE hours had to be distributed. This was intended to ensure breadth in the UGE courses that each student took. Ultimately, this UGE distribution system proved to be more cumbersome and complicated than it was worth. In fact the system was redundant since the college has another distribution system in place for every student who receives a degree through the college. This long-standing system itself ensures breadth and, since the courses a student takes to fulfill the requirements of this distribution system are in fact often UGE approved courses, the existing BA/BS distribution system ensures breadth in the UGE courses that a student takes. Recently, then, the college faculty voted to eliminate the three-sector UGE distribution system and to rely instead, as we have for many years, on the BA/BS distribution system to ensure breadth. This simplification in our UGE scheme has favorably received by students and faculty members alike.

Another concern that we are currently working on, in coordination with other units on campus, is the seeming conflict between study abroad and UGE requirements. This is an example, then, of our continuing to monitor the UGE system within the college, using several inputs, with the continuing
goal of offering the features of UGE to our students while making the UGE requirements relatively easy to understand and to complete in the context of the college's existing distribution scheme.