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:
- Curriculum, including establishing prerequisites and places courses within disciplines
- Degree and certificate requirements
- Grading policies
- Educational program development
- Standards or policies regarding student preparation and success
- District and college governance structures, as related to faculty roles
- Faculty roles and involvement in accreditation processes, including self-study and annual reports
- Policies for faculty professional development activities
- Processes for program review
- Processes for institutional planning and budget development
- Other academic and professional matters as mutually agreed upon between the governing board and the Academic Senate.
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
Link to Academic Senate SharePoint Site
Academic Senate meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 2 - 4 pm, via teleconference unless otherwise specified
2021: 9/1,9/15,10/6,10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1
2022: 1/19,2/2,2/16,3/2,3/16,4/6,4/20,5/4,5/18 (tentative)
Faculty Handbook 2021-22 Policies and procedures may have changed since published; please confirm the accuracy of the information in this document with your Dean and Department Chair.
13 March 2020 - From Gavin Newsome, Executive Order 25-20:
"Notwithstanding any other provision of state or local law, including the Bagley-Keene Act or the Brown Act, a local legislative body or state body is authorized to hold public meetings via teleconferencing and to make public meetings accessible telephonically or otherwise electronically to all members of the public seeking to attend and to address the local legislative body or state body, during the period in which state or local public officials impose or recommend measures to promote social distancing, including but not limited to limitations on public events. All requirements in both the Bagley-Keene Act and the Brown Act expressly or impliedly requiring the physical presence of members, the clerk or other personnel of the body, or of the public as a condition of participation in or quorum for a public meeting are hereby waived."
EO N-25-20 authorizes the Academic Senate “to make public meetings accessible telephonically or otherwise electronically to all members of the public seeking to attend and to address the local legislative body or state body, during the period in which state or local public officials impose or recommend measures to promote social distancing.”
- The Faculty Approved to Sit on Committees link has the most current approved list of committees, membership and chairs. For more information, please visit the SharePoint Committees site.
- If you are interested in serving on a committee, or attending a meeting, contact the committee chair directly, coordinate with your division office, and submit your interest to be added to the agenda for approval.
Chairs, please direct faculty to update their division office to changes in membership.
Chairs, Faculty and Division Offices: Click here to make changes to committee membership
For committees and related information: Link to Saddleback College, Academic Senate Sharepoint
2021 ACADEMIC SENATE ELECTION LINK:
The voting link will be open from 12 noon, April 13 - 12 noon, April 27
- Candidates for office must notify the Academic Senate President by March 1.
- Academic Senate Constitution and By-Laws