UG Experience (CUE)

Provost’s Commission on the Undergraduate Experience

The Provost's Commission on the Undergraduate Experience (CUE) formed in January 2016, and is a faculty-led effort to assess and improve undergraduate education and the residential campus experience.  The work of the CUE is expected to establish the path forward for undergraduate education at CWRU..

Case Western Reserve University's Strategic Plan: Think Beyond the Possible calls for innovations in teaching, course design, advising and research.  Additionally, the plan emphasizes engaging and inspiring students, preparing them for global leadership and innovation, and creating knowledge through interdisciplinary initiatives.  Consistent with these strategic priorities, the CUE will:

  • Develop and articulate a philosophy and approach for advancing CWRU’s undergraduate experience including SAGES and general education requirements.
  • Explore how CWRU’s residential environment could better support learning and provide a more intellectually vibrant experience for undergraduate students.
  • Engage with those who will help CWRU understand external perceptions of CWRU’s undergraduate programs and how any changes that may implemented would be perceived.

University leaders will be communicating with stakeholder groups to invite participation and share updates.  The CUE membership list may be found below. Questions, comments and suggestions may be directed to


(Visit an internal results page to download a PDF of the final report; a CWRU login is required to access this information.)

Preliminary Recommendations Report‌, (October 16, 2017 - updated to correct hyperlinks)

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Kimberly Emmons, Associate Professor of English (Commission Chair)
  • Jerrold Scott, Katharine Bakeless Nason Professor and Chair of Theater
  • Lee Thompson, Professor and Chair of Psychological Sciences
  • Blanton Tolbert, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Case School of Engineering

  • Daniel Lacks, C. Benson Branch Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Frank Merat, Emeritus Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

  • Amy Bieda, Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing

Weatherhead School of Management

  • Robin Dubin, Professor and Chair of Economics

School of Medicine

  • Hope Barkoukis, Associate Professor and Interim Chair of Nutrition

Support Areas

  • Richard Bischoff, Vice President for Enrollment Management
  • Lou Stark, Vice President, Student Affairs
  • Molly Watkins, Executive Director of International Affairs
  • Jeffrey Wolcowitz, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Adjunct Professor of Economics

Student Representation

  • Prince Ghosh, Sophomore, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering
  • Garretson Oester, Senior, Economics

Administrative Resources

  • Donald Feke, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Victoria Wright, Associate Vice President for University Planning and Administration

CUE Feedback Sessions – Fall 2017

In addition to these sessions, you may provide comments via the CUE Feedback Form, or via email:

Thursday, October 19, Thwing Room 224

  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Students
  • 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – Faculty
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Staff/Administration

Friday, October 20, Thwing Room 224

  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Open Forum

Wednesday, October 25, TVUC Senior Classroom B, Room 134

  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.  – Staff/Administration
  • 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. – Faculty
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Students

Thursday, October 26, Thwing Room 224

  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Open Forum

Monday, October 30, TVUC Room 140

  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Staff/Administration
  • 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Faculty
  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Students

Contact information for the Chair of the CUE, including a means for scheduling appointments electronically, can be found online: