Two important University-wide faculty governance responsibilities reside in the Division of Undergraduate Education and are overseen by the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education:
- the UK Core Program – the University’s general education program; and,
- the Undergraduate Council – a council of the University Senate that reviews undergraduate courses and degree programs.
UK Core Program & the UKCEC
The UK Core Program is finishing up the fourth academic year of implementation, and broad faculty involvement across all colleges serving undergraduates has been critical to its success. UK’s general education program is overseen by the UK Core Education Committee (UKCEC) that assures that course offerings address all four student learning outcomes. All courses each semester require students to upload an assignment for assessment purposes via their course in the MyUK portal.
The Division of Undergraduate Education and UKCEC oversee the program evaluation process which by this point has included all of the ten content areas. Dr. Chris Thuringer, Assistant Provost for Program Assessment and Planning in the Division of Undergraduate Education, serves as the coordinator of these processes. See more information on the UK Core website: http://www.uky.edu/ukcore/Evaluation_Data.
UK Core Experimental Courses Offered 2014-15
|UK Core Program Content Area||UKC Course Name||UK Department (College)|
|Inquiry – Arts & Creativity||Information Literacy and Critical Thinking
BioArt: Creativity, Experimentation and Methodology in Art and Science
Art&VS (FA) + Biology (A&S)
|Inquiry – Humanities||Facebook Social Media
Arches to Engines: A History of Tech
|Inquiry – Social Sciences||Public Health and Nutrition, 21st Century
Historic Preservation: How the Past Informs the Future
|U.S. Citizenship||Rhetorics of Citizenship
Info Communication Technology in Society
UK Core Courses Proposed 2014-15
|UK Core Content Area||College||Under Review||Approved as of Spr’15|
|Statistical Inferential Reasoning||EDU
|Inquiry – Humanities||A&S||HIS 109, HIS 112, PHI 260, PHI 270, PHI 317, PHI 380, WRD 210||AIS 328, HIS 254|
|Inquiry – Natural Sciences||A&S||EES 180|
|Citizenship – U.S. Citizenship||C&I
PHI 205, PHI 334, PHI 340, WRD 422
|Citizenship – Global Dynamics||FA
HIS 104, HIS 191, HIS 254, ITA 335, SPA 111
The Undergraduate Council is a standing committee of the University Senate. This year, under the leadership of UGE Assistant Provost Karen Badger, the Undergraduate Council has been working with UKCEC, Graduate Council and Senate Council to reduce the amount of time it takes for a proposal to move through the review/approval process.
The UGC has found that the most common issues that faculty encounter with problem proposals are that they are missing required items that can be found in the UK Syllabus Template, and that students learning outcomes may be missing or written in ways that show they are not measurable. A consultation with CELT staff will help strengthen a course or program proposal – visit their website: www.uky.edu/CELT.