The Undergraduate Council (UGC) is the primary forum on campus where students, faculty and administrators from all undergraduate schools come together to discuss aspects of the undergraduate experience. The council regularly hears reports, recommends actions, and serves as a clearing house for information concerning Washington University’s undergraduate students.
The council was founded in response to the report of the Task Force of Undergraduate Education. The provost’s office established the UGC in October 1995 to implement the recommendations of the task force. Issues addressed by the council have been advising, spoken/written English skills, Washington University as an intellectual community, exam scheduling, communications, student housing, among others. Upon recommendation of its membership, the council also invites members of the campus community to report on issues of interest such as health services, diversity, academic integrity, campus planning, and academic programming.
Twice a semester, co-chairs Holden Thorp, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Gerhild Scholz Williams, vice provost and associate vice chancellor, convene a group of students, faculty and administrators. The agenda is set by the steering committee.