This is the site for State Academic Senate. This statewide senate advises the Board of Governors and the Chancellor in the same way that our local senate advises the Board of Trustees and the President. You can find information here about minimum qualifications, SB1440 transfer degrees, and much more. The senate holds plenary sessions in the fall and the spring at which resolutions are presented and voted upon. There are also useful informational break-out sessions during the plenary meetings. The fall plenary session is always in southern California and the spring session is in the north. For a brief history of the academic senate and the role of faculty in governance, go here. The issues within the purview of the academic senate are referred to as the "10+1."
- degree and certificate requirements
- curriculum including establishing pre-requisites and placing courses in disciplines
- grading policies
- faculty roles and involvement in accreditation processing including self study and annual reports
- educational program development
- standards or policies regarding student success
- district and college governance structures as related to faculty roles
- policies for faculty professional development activities
- processes for program review
- process for institutional planning and budget development
- others as mutually agreed upon
Each division elects its senators. For every 10 faculty members (or portion of 10) in a division, there is one senator - i.e. a division with 34 faculty members would have four senators. Senate officers are elected by the senate. The senate is responsible for all issues falling under the 10+1.
Is it a Union or Senate Issue?
This can sometimes be a tricky question to answer, but generally, the union is responsible for contract and working conditions kinds of issues - salary, leaves, grievances, etc. and the senate is responsible for issues that fall within the 10+1. Some things like class size are both a curricular and a union concern.
This is the Board Policy that outlines how Cerritos College will address the issues in the "10+1."
This page has a link to the list of committiees as well as to the Shared Governance Booklet which describes the purposes and membership of each committee. There are senate committees which always have representatives from each division whom the divisons choose and there are insititutional committees that only have a few faculty on them and those faculty are appointed by the Faculty Senate (you don't have to be a senator to serve on one of these committees). It is the responsibility of the faculty to appoint faculty representatives. Administrators should not be appointing faculty representatives.