Undergraduate Council (UGC)


The Undergraduate Council (UgC)makes policy for undergraduate education at UCLA; recommends to the Legislative Assembly undergraduate programs leading to new degrees; authorizes, supervises and regulates all undergraduate courses and programs of instruction and preparatory education; periodically reviews and evaluates all undergraduate programs of study and all programs of preparatory education in conjunction with the Graduate Council; and sets standards for honors and recommends procedures for awards of undergraduate scholarships.


The Council consists of 27 members:

  • 21 appointed voting members, one of whom is the immediate past chair of the Council
  • Six ex officio non-voting members: the Dean of Undergraduate Education, the Associate Vice Provost of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT), the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools (CUARS), the Chair of the General Education Governance Committee (GEGC), and the Chair of the Diversity Education Governance Committee (DEGC)
  • Four undergraduate student representatives
  • Two graduate student representatives

The Council generally meets every other Friday during the academic year.


  • By delegation from the Undergraduate Council, the Committee on Curriculum holds course approval authority. It will review proposals for majors, minors, concentrations, and other undergraduate initiatives before sending them to the Council for action. In the areas of innovative education, it will work with Faculty Executive Committees (FECs), with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) and its oversight committee, and with the Office of the Provost and other relevant entities.
  • The Committee on Student Welfare develops strategies and policies to improve and enrich student intellectual and academic life and foster a sense of academic community at UCLA. The focus is on undergraduate life outside the classroom and on developing connections between course work and extracurricular activity and between life on campus and in the community.
  • The Diversity Education Governance Committee (DEGC) defines the values and purposes of diversity education at UCLA and provides clear guidelines and procedures for the development of diversity courses. The DEGC reviews and recommends to the UgC diversity credit for all courses transmitted by the College and professional school Faculty Executive Committees to satisfy diversity requirements.
  • Consisting of the Council Chair and Vice Chair, the subcommittee chairs and co-chairs, and the Dean of Undergraduate Education, the Administrative Committee previews program review reports submitted by review teams and establishes the agenda for Council meetings.

Undergraduate Council Chair: Kathleen Bawn, kbawn@ucla.edu

Council Analyst: Julia Nelsen, jnelsen@senate.ucla.edu