Programme development, modification, review and approval will all have an impact on programme quality. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, there are various committees and boards established to oversee this process.
The committees and boards are:
Among the duties of these committees are to review, evaluate and recommend changes to:
Department Curriculum Committees (DCC) are established in all Faculties for both undergraduate and graduate levels. DCC focuses on both minor and major curriculum changes e.g. proposing new modules, redesigning of modules etc. Approved changes are then forwarded to the Faculty Review Committees. The committee usually comprises a Chair and could involve Deputy Heads of Departments, Undergraduate and Honours Coordinators or Graduate Coordinators. The frequency of DCC meetings varies across departments from ad-hoc to at least once a fortnight.
Faculty Curriculum Review Committees (FCRC) are established in all Faculties for both undergraduate and graduate levels. The committee focuses on all matters pertaining to major curriculum changes, curriculum review, fundamental changes in policy and other undergraduate and graduate operational issues. Issues discussed at the committee level could take the form of a review of newly proposed modules or modules that have been redesigned, minor curriculum changes in undergraduate and graduate modules etc. The committee is usually chaired by Vice-Deans and traditionally involves Assistant Deans, Programme Directors and Department Deputy Heads. The frequency of FCRC varies across Faculties.
The focus of the Board of Undergraduate Studies (BUS) is to examine and make recommendations to the Senate concerning appropriate action on educational policy with reference to undergraduate studies.
As it is mainly concerned with operational matters, BUS reports to the Provost rather than the Senate. It is empowered by the Senate to:
The Board meets on a fortnightly basis and is chaired by Associate Provost (Undergraduate Education) with representatives from amongst Senate members and the various Deaneries.
The focus of the Board of Graduate Studies (BGS) is to examine and make recommendations to the Senate concerning appropriate action on educational policy with reference to graduate studies. The functions of BGS include:
The Board meets on a monthly basis and is chaired by Vice Provost (Graduate Education). It also comprises the Vice-Deans of Graduate Studies from each Faculty as well as the Executive Director of the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering (NGS). The Co-Director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance is usually invited to attend four times a year.
The University Committee on Educational Policy (UCEP) is a committee of the Senate which examines and makes recommendations to Senate concerning appropriate action on educational policy over which the Senate has legislative jurisdiction.
UCEP meets on a fortnightly basis and the specific duties of the Committee are to:
UCEP is chaired by Vice Provost (Undergraduate Education) with representatives from the various Deaneries as well as those elected by the Senate and the rest appointed by the Provost.
The Senate is the Academic body of the University and controls the general direction of instruction, research, and examination, and awards degrees, diplomas and certificates as well as receive reports from all standing and special committees. For the time being, Senate has delegated its powers and duties to the Senate Delegacy. It undertakes the following:
The Senate is chaired by the President of the University and comprises the Provost, Deans of the Faculties, one member from each Faculty, ten tenured full professors, ten tenure-track faculty members elected from among the University-wide tenure track, other University officers or officials as nominated by the President. The Senate meets once per semester while the Senate delegacy meets monthly.
Every academic department and major research unit undertakes an independent external review once every five years. The primary purpose of a Visiting Committee is to help the department review progress, assess its contributions and achievements, and consider long-range goals and priorities, with a focus on maintaining and enhancing quality and excellence.
In general, Visiting Committees are expected to assist in: