May 2018 Agenda

Wednesday, May 09, 2018, 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

I. Call to Order: 

II. Announcements/Discussion

  • Guest: Dr. John Zenelis, University Libraries will initiate a discussion about library services
  • Housekeeping: Review of AY 18-19 UGC  Draft Meeting Schedule 
  • Review of Undergraduate Certificates 
  • Review of Minors
  • Mason Mpact
  • Discussion: What undergraduate curricular data would the council members be interested in seeing on a regular basis? 
  • UGC Survey Results: May 09 2018 UGC Results

IIINew Business

Action Items


COS-New Program  Urban Informatics Minor * tabled upon request(s) 


COS-New Course PHYS 391: Special Topics in Physics
CHHS-New Course RHBS 430: Advanced Functional Clinical Assessments 


COS-Edited Course MATH 203: Linear Algebra
COS-Edited Course MATH 453: Advanced Mathematical Statistics
COS-Edited Course MATH 493: Topics in Applicable Mathematics
PROV-Edited Course CONS 400: Conservation Seminar
PROV-Edited Course CONS 404: Biodiversity Monitoring
PROV-Edited Course CONS 405: Landscape and Macrosystems Ecology
PROV-Edited Course CONS 406: Small Population Management
PROV-Edited Course CONS 491: RS: Conservation Management Planning


COS-Deleted Course EVPP 380: Wetlands of the World
COS-Deleted Course EVPP 468: Vertebrate Natural History




CHHS-Edited Program  Rehabilitation Science, BS
CHHS-Edited Program  Rehabilitation Science Minor
COS-Edited Program  Biology, BA
COS-Edited Program  Biology, BS
COS-Edited Program  Environmental Science, BS


CEHD-Edited Course TOUR 480: Special Topics


IV.  Adjournment


College/SchoolContact TitlePhoneEmail
INTO MASONDr. Karyn KesslerAssociate Director, Curriculum and
THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOSTMs. Jacquelyn L. NashAssociate Director, Undergraduate
THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOSTMs. Marcy GloverOps Mgr, Acad Initiatives and Services/
THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESSDr. Patrick SoleymaniAssistant Dean for Undergraduate
THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENTDr. Ellen RodgersAssociate Dean, Student and Academic
THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICESDr. Robert WeilerAssociate Dean, Academic Affairs, Global
THE COLLEGE OF SCIENCEDr. Padmanabhan SeshaiyerAssociate Dean for Academic
THE COLLEGE OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS Dr. Karen ReedyAssoc Dean for Undergraduate
THE HONORS COLLEGEDr. Jan AllbeckAssociate Dean, Honors
THE SCHAR SCHOOL OF POLICY AND GOVERNMENTDr. Ann LudwickAssistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic
THE SCHOOL FOR CONFLICT ANALYSIS AND RESOLUTIONDr. Mara SchoenyAssociate Professor, Director, Undergraduate
THE VOLGENAU SCHOOL OF ENGINEERINGDr. Colin ReagleAssistant Professor, Mechanical

Bylaws (April 2016)


As approved 6 April 2016


The name of this organization shall be the George Mason University Undergraduate Council (UC).


The Undergraduate Council is an advisory and legislative board on matters of undergraduate education at George Mason University in accordance with polices set forth by the Board of Visitors.

The principal function of the UC is to review and make recommendations to the Provost on behalf of the University regarding the undergraduate curriculum. This specifically includes:

a. Reviewing proposals for the creation, modification, or discontinuation of all undergraduate academic degree programs, certificate programs, new bachelor’s/accelerated master’s programs, minors, and courses;
b. Monitoring undergraduate program assessment;
c. Serving in an advisory capacity to the Senate regarding academic policies for undergraduates.


Section A: UC Chairperson

1. Appointment:

The Committee Chair shall be a tenured faculty member and shall be appointed by the Provost. The Chair cannot also serve as a faculty representative on the UC. The Chair is not a voting member of the UC.

2. Responsibilities and Duties:

a. The Chair is responsible for ensuring that UC decisions are coordinated with George Mason University policies, the George Mason University Faculty Senate, and procedures as set forth by the George Mason University Board of Visitors.

b. The Chair’s duties shall include:

i.   distribution of both the agenda and relevant information to the members of the Committee at least one week in advance of meetings;
ii.  collection and dissemination of the reports of UC committees in advance of UC meetings;
iii. referral of agenda items to sub-committees of the UC when necessary;
iv. managing charges and follow-up procedures with sub-committees that have been established by the UC;
v.  presiding at UC meetings;
vi. overseeing the conduct of all votes among the UC.

Section B: Representatives

1. Representation:

a. The membership of the UC shall include the Chair and two faculty representatives from each College/School/Academic Institute.

i. The first faculty representative shall be appointed by the Dean, while the second shall be a full-time instructional faculty member selected by the academic unit in accordance with its bylaws.
ii. One member shall be elected by and from the Faculty Senate.

b. Non-voting members shall be invited to participate. They may be included from areas such as the following:

Academic Advising, Retention and Transitions (or representative from MAAN)
Undergraduate Student Government
Registrar’s Office
Distance Education

c. The term of membership is two years. In the case of a faculty vacancy, the Dean or Director shall appoint a replacement to complete the term unless the academic unit has provided otherwise for continued representation. Members, including those there by administrative appointment, are limited to three consecutive terms.

2. UC Sub-Committees:

a. Ad hoc or other sub-committees may be established by the UC as deemed necessary to discharge its functions and responsibilities.
b. Membership: The Chair and at least one other member of a committee must be members of the UC. Other members of the sub-committee may be appointed by the UC Chair upon approval of the UC.
c. The charge to a sub-committee shall include the composition, purpose, and completion date.
d. An ad hoc committee will make a final report to the UC, at which time it will be discharged.

Section C: Meetings

  1. Regular Meetings: UC meetings shall be held monthly during the academic year.
  2. Special Meetings: Additional meetings may be called by the Chair, with at least one week’s notice, as necessary.
  3. Quorum: A quorum consists of two-thirds of the voting members. If a member cannot attend, he or she may appoint a substitute. This substitute may discuss and vote on matters before the Council at that meeting.
  4. Super-majority votes: Most decision-making is based on a simple majority vote; for denying program related changes as well as modifying the UC Bylaws, a two/thirds majority vote of approval is required.

ARTICLE IV: Amendment of Bylaws

These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the UC by a two-thirds vote, provided that the amendment has been submitted in writing at the previous regular meeting.

An amendment to the bylaws shall take effect after the approval of the Faculty Senate, the Provost, and the President.