The Undergraduate Program Committee (UPC)
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, they review and initiate changes that ensure excellence in the undergraduate business curriculum.
Myeong-Gu Seo, Associate Professor, Management & Organization (Committee Chair)
Susan White, Clinical Professor, Finance
Siva Viswanathan, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies
Gary Bulmash, Clinical Professor, Accounting and Information Assurance
ex officio Members:
Rebecca Ratner, Assistant Dean and Professor, Marketing
Victor Mullins, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs
Brian Horick, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs
Sandra Loughlin, Director of Learning and Innovative Instruction
Ashlee Kerkhoff, Undergraduate Program Director, Office of Career Services
Praneet Puppala, Dean’s Student Advisory Council
Dina Broydo, Dean’s Student Advisory Council
Chris Riggs, Dean’s Student Advisory Council
Chetachi Ukejianya, Dean’s Student Advisory Council
A few highlights on how we continue to elevate the undergraduate experience:
- We enhance UG core course experiences. We continue to monitor and improve the quality of UG core courses by pinpointing key areas of improvement and by closely communicating with related academic departments and undergraduate core course coordinators.
- We enhance Excel skills. We identify ways to enhance our UG students’ Excel skills, having formed a faculty-student joint committee that is exploring available programs and possible options for course redesign.
- We promote critical thinking. We are strongly supported by the “critical thinking champion group” and take every opportunity to stimulate critical thinking in the Smith UG community by communicating its importance in UG courses, including but not limited to those in the Freshman Class Smith START Program.
- We promote academic integrity. We initiated and supported a college-wide campaign to promote academic integrity by participating in the Smith academic integrity enhancement committee. This committee developed multiple recommendations to address this issue at the college, instructor, and student levels.
- We enhance teaching support. We continue to improve teaching quality by providing greater support to UG course instructors via teaching assistants, teaching seminars, and workshops. In particular, our new initiative, the Innovo Program, invites students to play more active and central roles in assessing, enhancing, and innovating existing UG courses.
- We enhance classroom efficiency. To address the current shortage of classrooms in Van Munching Hall, we are exploring ways to increase long-term classroom efficiency, which includes consolidating low-enrollment courses and converting existing courses into blended courses.
- We administer a UG student survey. We annually develop and administer a student survey in order to understand current students’ undergraduate experiences in key areas, with a particular focus on Smith core courses.
- We establish assurance of learning. We are currently designing an enhanced process to measure the assurance of learning in the UG program (formally required by AACSB). We are fundamentally redefining our learning objectives and goals, while identifying the most suitable UG courses to achieve expected learning outcomes.