M-5: INTERCOLLEGE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

Policy:

1. The four types of Intercollege Undergraduate Programs are:

a. Degree programs utilizing regular courses of several colleges and not requiring special course offerings or teaching assignments. Special faculty involvement is addressed only to program advising and to monitoring of program content and quality.

b. Degree programs involving special required courses for the major from departments or divisions of two or more colleges and requiring specific teaching assignments. Faculty involved teach the required courses, monitor the program content and quality and advise students.

c. Nondegree programs that emphasize thematic or integrated studies involving courses offered regularly by particular departments or divisions from two or more colleges. Faculty involved may teach the courses included as part of their regular departmental or divisional assignments but they are expressedly responsible for student advising and for monitoring academic program content and quality.

d. Nondegree programs having emphasis on thematic or integrated studies that require special course offerings identified separately from the departments and divisions of participating colleges. Faculty involved are generally responsible for determining and monitoring the program content and quality and for establishing criteria for faculty teaching in the program.

2. For all types of Intercollege Undergraduate Programs, a program committee shall be appointed by the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education, with members nominated by the participating college deans. In matters concerning the Intercollege Undergraduate Program, the chairman reports to the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education.

3. Each Intercollege Program Committee is responsible for:

a. Developing, implementing and reviewing the academic program.

b. Offering recommendations to the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education, the participating colleges and the Senate.

c. Determining policies and criteria for selection and certification and provide for advising when degrees or certificates are involved.

d. Developing courses, selecting and reviewing the teaching faculty when courses are to be offered separate from regular departments/divisions.

4. Support for Intercollege Undergraduate Programs is provided jointly by the participating colleges and by the Office of the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education.

(Ref: Intercollege Undergraduate Program Policy Statement, August 1974 and revised August 1983)

 

Approved: Provost Larson (8-17-74)

Revised: Exec VP Bartoo (8-83)

Vice President Dunham (8-83)

Revised: Editorial revision (2-19-98)

Revised: Editorial (1-21-10)


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