Special Academic Programs

The Committee on Special Academic Programs provides oversight, guidance and insurance, by way of review, of approved and earned academic credit in special academic programs.  The Committee reviews programs that award academic credit but do not offer an undergraduate degree.  As representative agents of the university, special academic programs are held to academic standards of quality commensurate to Academic Senate standards, treated to the same levels of scrutiny, accountability and responsibility for the quality of instruction, and contribute to a well-rounded UC Davis education. The establishment, revision, and disestablishment of Special Academic Programs require Academic Senate approval. 

A special Academic Program provides academic credit or academic experience to UC Davis undergraduates; however, unlike other programs it is not administered within a major of an academic department, does not lead to a degree, and is not subject to review by another committee of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate.

Special Academic Program Review Template

List of Special Academic Programs

Review Schedule Through 2017-18

Revised Review Schedule After 2017-18

Process Flowchart

Spring Quarter 2017-2018

Upcoming Meetings

Date Location Time
04/19/2018   408 Mrak   02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Available Meeting Documents

Date Location Time
11/08/2017   Mrak 408   02:00 PM - 03:30 PM Summary Agenda
12/07/2017   410 Mrak   12:30 PM - 02:00 PM Summary Agenda
04/19/2018   408 Mrak   02:00 PM - 04:00 PM Summary Agenda




E. Committee on Special Academic Programs
1. This committee shall consist of five members, with balanced representation from the colleges offering undergraduate instruction and from the professional schools. In addition, there shall be one undergraduate student representative and one representative from the Academic Federation.
2. This committee shall have the following duties:
a. To oversee all special undergraduate academic programs like the Davis Honors Challenge and the Integrated Studies program and to advise the faculty and the administration on the establishment and operation of newly initiated programs.
b. To review periodically all programmatic functions of the special programs, including but not limited to the following: the publications of material defining/describing the program; the recruitment, orientation and advising of students in each program; guidance in the selection of mentors for students in the programs; coordination of special activities; oversight of the general welfare of students in the programs; and the effectiveness of the programs in meeting their stated educational objectives.