What is the Academic Senate?


The Academic Senate is the primary voice of faculty in academic and professional matters. Its elected members come from full time and adjunct faculty ranks, from both the East and West campuses, and from a broad array of programs. Both law and governing board policy give the Academic Senate primary responsibility in the following areas:

  • Curriculum
  • Degree and certificate requirements
  • Grading policies
  • Faculty roles and involvement in accreditation processes, including self study and annual reports
  • Faculty professional development

Both law and governing board policy require mutual agreement with the Academic Senate for any changes in the following areas:

  • Educational program development
  • Student preparation and success
  • Program review
  • Institutional planning and budget development
  • District and college governance structures

The Senate's Sources of Authority

Education Code § 70901
Title 5 § 53200, 53201, 53202, 53203, 53204, 53206
YCCD Board Policies 2510, 7-8049
Faculty Contract and Engaging All Voices

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