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Academic Senate

The Academic Senate serves as the official voice of the faculty in academic and professional matters. Pursuant to California Administrative Code of Regulations - Title 5, Section 53200, the Academic Senate is a faculty organization whose primary function is to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees on 10+1 academic and professional matters. Each local Academic Senate works with its local Board of Trustees to establish policy determining which of the 10 + 1 responsibilities the Board with rely primarily upon the advice of the Senate and which of those 10 + 1 responsibilities the Board will reach mutual agreement with the Senate. 

  1.  The development of curriculum, including the establishment of prerequisites and planning of
       course disciplines
  2.  The determination of degree and certificate requirements
  3.  The establishment and review of grading policies
  4.  The establishment of standards and policies regarding student preparation and success
  5.  The appointment of faculty members to District and College committees
  6.  The development of processes for program review.
  7.  The development of new educational programs
  8.  District governance processes
  9.  The delineation of faculty roles and involvement in accreditation processes
 10. The determination of processes to be utilized in institutional planning and budgeting and 
 +1  Other academic and professional matters. 

In addition to the 10+1 defined by Title 5 the Education Code assigns additional responsibilities to Academic Senates: 

  • Minimum qualifications and equivalencies processes
    Section 87359 (b) Requires the local Board of Trustees to rely primarily upon the advice of the senate regarding faculty meet minimum qualifications.
  • Faculty hiring
    Section 87360 Requires the local Board of Trustees to develop hiring criteria, policies, and procedures for new faculty members.
  • Faculty evaluation and tenure review
    Section 87610.1 (a) Requires that collective bargaining agents, or faculty unions, consult with the academic senate prior to negotiating tenure evaluation procedures.
    Section 87663 (f) Requires that collective bargaining agents, or faculty unions, consult with the academic senate prior to negotiating faculty evaluation procedures.
  • Administrative retreat rights
    Section 87458 (a) Requires the local Board of Trustees to rely primarily upon the advice and judgment of the academic senate regarding procedures regarding administrative retreating into faculty positions.
  • Faculty Service Areas
    Section 87743.2 Requires that collective bargaining agents, or faculty unions, consult with the academic senate prior to negotiating Faculty Service Areas (FAS).