Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Program Committee

Undergrad Program Committee Members:

Prof. Rebecca Ratner (rratner@umd.edu), Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs

Prof. Gary Bulmash (gbulmash@rhsmith.umd.edu)

Prof. Myeong-Gu Seo (mseo@rhsmith.umd.edu)

Prof. Siva Viswanathan (sviswana@rhsmith.umd.edu)

Prof. Susan White (swhite@rhsmith.umd.edu)

Committee chair: Prof. Myeong-Gu Seo

Our Mission

The Undergraduate Program Committee consists of four faculty members from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, appointed by the Dean’s Office, to review and initiate changes that ensure excellence in the undergraduate business curriculum.

The UG Program Committee meets approximately two times per month, together with Associate Dean Victor Mullins and Assistant Dean Brian Horick. The committee also meets regularly with undergraduate students from the Dean’s Student Advisory Council (DSAC).

Our Past Accomplishments

  • Created undergraduate course grid to increase transparency of course topics and learning objectives for students and instructors (2010)

  • Reduced class size in most core classes to approx. 60 students (2011)

  • Invited core course coordinators to lunch on a regular basis to discuss challenges and solutions (2011-present)

  • Adopted GPA target for core courses to combat grade inflation (2011)

  • Charged each major with identifying how rigor and relevance was implemented (2012)

  • Followed up with faculty and area chairs recognize strong teaching performance and seek action plans for weak performance (2012 – present)

  • Spearheaded teaching workshops for faculty and PhD students (2012 – present)

  • Created a teaching library (books on rubrics, discussion, evaluation techniques) located in UG Studies Office (2013)

  • Reviewed all Fellows programs (Fall 2012)

  • Began review of core course curriculum (Spring 2013)

Our Current Goals

  • Strengthen core courses

  • Bolster ethics discussion across courses

  • Work with faculty to ensure skills training (including of Excel)

  • Encourage and support faculty to assess critical thinking skills through assignments and exams

  • Adjust timing of course sequence so that students get key concepts earlier in program