The University Committee on the Undergraduate Curriculum
The Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum (CUC) oversees the
evolution of the undergraduate curriculum, ensuring it meets
University goals, is academically sound, and is responsible to
undergraduate educational needs. In pursuit of this mission, the
Committee regularly communicates with and advises the Faculty
Senate regarding curricular issues arising from the Committee's
work or brought to its attention.
Please also see the CUC website: http://www.cuc.rice.edu/
Charge to the Committee
The CUC's specific responsibilities include the following:
- Review proposed changes to Rice's general undergraduate
curriculum and present its findings and recommendations to the
Faculty Senate for final approval. Such matters include:
proposals for new majors, proposals for new minors, revisions of existing
minors and majors, and changes to the distribution course
- Approve changes to the undergraduate curriculum in areas
where the Faculty Senate has delegated this power to the CUC.
This includes approval of individual area majors (in cooperation
with the Office of Academic Advising and the chairs of the
- Advise, review, or approve other matters as delegated by the
Faculty Senate and agreed to by the CUC.
- Initiate study of issues regarding a) improvement of the general
undergraduate curriculum or b) specific undergraduate curriculum concerns. These may arise from the
CUC's work or may be brought to its attention by the Faculty
- Communicate with and advise the Dean of Undergraduates and
the Provost (who serve as ex officio members) on
proposals that might affect the undergraduate curriculum.
- Prepare a brief, written report on the
activities of the committee at the end of each academic year and to submit
copies of this report to the president of the university, the provost, and the Faculty