Undergraduate Council (UGC)


  • Consistent with the rights of the faculties under the Standing Orders of the Regents (105.2.b), establishes policy for undergraduate education on the Merced campus and advises the chancellor or chancellor’s designee on all matters pertaining to undergraduate education.
  • Considers matters involving undergraduate admission and enrollment at UC Merced.
  • Reviews, coordinates and takes final action on all matters relating to courses of undergraduate instruction, including approval of new courses and modification, withdrawal, conduct, credit valuation and classification of existing courses.
  • Consistent with the rights of the faculties under the Standing Orders of the Regents (105.2.b), approves or declines to approve, in terms of academic merit, the establishment, discontinuation or modification of undergraduate programs, majors, minors and certificates; and reports its conclusions to the Division Council.
  • Acts on behalf of the division in reviewing recommendations from the colleges and schools concerning the award of undergraduate degrees, certificates and honors (see Bylaw IV).
  • Defines the goals and establishes criteria for use in reviewing the quality and effectiveness of undergraduate teaching programs and/or majors and is responsible for undergraduate program review.
  • Establishes policy and exercises authority on academic disqualifications and/or dismissals as well as overall undergraduate academic transcript notations.
  • Initiates, receives and funds proposals for undergraduate instructional improvement and development.
  • Considers and reports on matters referred to it by the chancellor or chancellor’s designee, the chair of the division, the Division Assembly or any other standing committee of the Merced division, or by the faculty of any college or school located wholly or in part on the Merced campus.
  • Initiates appropriate studies and reports thereon to the chancellor or the chancellor’s designee and/or to the Division Assembly as it may deem appropriate upon local matters of a fundamental character involving questions of undergraduate educational policy.
  • Exercises in the division responsibilities regarding preparatory education that are assigned by the systemwide Senate Committee on Preparatory Education and by the division.
  • Recommends to the chancellor policies related to the awarding of all undergraduate financial aid on the Merced campus.
  • Provides guidance, advice and supervision regarding all academic matters related to the Education Abroad Program, the University of California Washington, D.C., (UCDC) and UC Center Sacramento programs, including student selection, selection of study center directors and reviews of study centers.
  • Identifies candidates, normally one of its members, to be nominated by the Committee on Committees to serve as the Merced campus representative to the University Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools, to the University Committee on Educational Policy, to the University Committee on International Education and to the University Committee on Preparatory Education.
  • Nominates faculty members to receive undergraduate Distinguished Teaching awards and other awards as appropriate.
  • Recommends to the president, through the chancellor, awards of such undergraduate scholarships as are restricted to students on the Merced campus.
  • Advises on undergraduate matters of university extension.

2016-2017 Membership 

Ex-Officio (non-voting):
  • Andre Frise, Undergraduate Student Representative 
  • Charles Nies, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Susan Amussen, Senate Chair, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
  • Kurt Schnier, Senate Vice Chair, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
  • Elizabeth Whitt, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education 
Lecturers (non-voting):
  • David Samper, Merritt Writing Program
  • Ross Avilla, School of Natural Sciences
Fatima Paul
Associate Director
Phone: 209-228-7930