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.