University Committee of Academic Review (UCAR)

The University Committee of Academic Review (UCAR) oversees the academic review process. UCAR is a permanent, standing university committee appointed by the President. Recommendations for membership are solicited from a variety of sources, including Academic Deans and the Executive Board of the Academic Senate. Each year, the Provost appoints one member of the committee to serve as chair.

UCAR consists roughly of 18 members, including faculty and ex-officio members, and will:

  1. Provide oversight for each academic unit by reading and discussing the review documents and assessing the report of the Review Committee. Any critiques arising from the review are incorporated in the UCAR chair’s memorandum that accompanies the transmittal of the report to the Provost.
  2. Advise the Provost on any modifications to the Academic Review process that may prove necessary.
  3. Receive reports of other forms of program evaluation at USC, including professional accreditation visits, internal school reviews, and advising the Provost of the outcomes.

Committee Members

Ruth Wood (Chair)
Keck School of Medicine

Kenneth Ahern
Marshall School of Business
Hector Amaya
Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Will Berelson
Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Ricky Bluthenthal
Keck School of Medicine
GJ Halfond
Viterbi School of Engineering
Aniko Imre
School of Cinematic Arts
Oneka LaBennett
Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Amy Murphy
School of Architecture
Chris Sampson
Thornton School of Music
Steven Siegel
Keck School of Medicine
Dorian Traube
Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Joshua Yang
Viterbi School of Engineering
Julie Zissimopoulos
Sol Price School of Public Policy
Elizabeth Graddy (Ex-Officio)
Executive Vice Provost
Chi Mak (Ex-Officio)
Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Andrew Stott (Ex-Officio)
Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Dean of the Graduate School

Last updated September 2022