Academic Senate of Saddleback College

Pursuant to Title 5 of the Administrative Code of California, Section 53200, the Academic Senate is a faculty organization whose primary function is to make recommendations with respect to academic and professional matters as it relates, in particular to the following areas:

  1. Curriculum, including establishing prerequisites and places courses within disciplines;
  2. Degree and certificate requirements
  3. Grading policies;
  4. Educational program development;
  5. Standards or policies regarding student preparation and success;
  6. District and college governance structures, as related to faculty roles;
  7. Faculty roles and involvement in accreditation processes, including self-study and annual reports;
  8. Policies for faculty professional development activities;
  9. Processes for program review;
  10. Processes for institutional planning and budget development;
  11. Other academic and professional matters as mutually agreed upon.

According to Education Code, the Academic Senate is also responsible for jointly developing with the District policies and procedures related to faculty hiring (section 87360B) and administrative retreat rights (section 87458A).

The Saddleback College Academic Senate is a representative body, with each instructional area receiving a senator for every ten full-time faculty members or portion thereof, to a maximum of four.

Important Senate Information


Academic Senate Meeting Dates for 2018-2019

Elections: Spring 2019 Academic Senate voting information TBA

All meetings are held on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM 

President's Large Conference Room, AGB 106


Academic Senate Committee Appointments as of December 5, 2018


Academic Senate Agenda Item Request


Faculty Handbook 16/17  Policies and procedures may have changed since published; please confirm the accuracy of the information in this document with your Dean and Department Chair.

Academic Senate Goals for 2018-2019 - Empathy, Transparency, and Clarity - As an Acronym: ETC!


Faculty are invited to email Academic Senate with suggestions

Program Vitality Inquiry Policy and Process

Other Information:

What is the Academic Senate?

Senate Definitions of Associate Degree

2017-2018 Information:

Academic Senate Master Committee Appointments 2017-2018 (Final List)

Academic Senate Meeting Dates for 2017-2018

2016-2017 Information:

Academic Senate Master Committee Appointments 2016-2017 (Final List)