On behalf of the Academic Senate, Welcome! Last year the Senate set goals to include working with the GCFA on Part time faculty issues, Equity, Assessment, Guided pathways and academic staffing. We are pleased to share some of the accomplishments include a stronger relationship with the Union on the issues that are related to the Senate, including Part time faculty issues, continued equity dialogue; including but not limited to Part time faculty, a Senate liaison to Guided pathways and regular Senate updates, the creation of the meaningful assessment committee, the creation of the academic staffing committee as well as the creation of the Academic advisory network.
Some of these issues are ongoing and the Senate will continue to work with all faculty to strengthen relationships and strive for excellence as we serve our students. Please reach out to your Senate representative or attend our meetings to see what we are currently working on. Senate meetings are always open to the public and we welcome you. Meetings are being held via zoom and agendas, minutes and supporting documents can be found in boarddocs.
We are still in need of folks to serve in the shared governance process and I encourage you to get involved in whatever capacity you are able. At the minimum, please review Senate agendas, minutes and provide feedback on items, we want to hear your voice. If you are able, serve on a committee and help us to strengthen the faculty voice! I realize we are navigating unprecedented times and as we help our students adjust to what could be our new normal, we want to make sure the faculty voice is heard and supported and we follow processes which allow us to participate in all Academic and professional matters. Our students and community greatly appreciate the work you do and your input and expertise are needed!
The 10+1 which you see outlined below, fall under the purview of the Academic Senate. We have a shared governance process we follow in order to keep one another accountable for current policy or to make policy recommendations when change is needed. The Senate makes these recommendations to the Administration and Board through the resolution process as well as through our participation in various committees. The Statewide Academic Senate (ASCCC) also makes recommendations to the Board of Governor’s though this process. Locally, we review statewide resolutions, provide feedback through area meetings and vote on these at Plenary sessions. I encourage you to visit the ASCCC webpage for more information.
According to TITLE 5: §53200, Academic Senate means an organization whose primary function is to make recommendations with respect to academic and professional matters. “Academic and Professional matters” means the following policy development matters:
- Curriculum, including establishing prerequisites.
- Degree and certificate requirements.
- Grading policies.
- Educational program development.
- Standards or policies regarding student preparation and success.
- College governance structures, as related to faculty roles.
- Faculty roles and involvement in accreditation processes.
- 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.
When items are brought to the Senate, we need to consider how they fall under the 10+1. If they do not, are they a Senate issue? I invite you to join us. Attend a meeting, create dialogue between you and your department Senate Representative, discuss with your colleagues all matters Gavilan and learn how you can be a part of the leadership on campus.
Thank you for your work over the summer and into this fall. We are all experiencing life differently but we have pivoted beautifully and will continue to strive for the best. I ask for all to extend a little grace to one another this year, be patient, with yourself and others and we will continue to serve our students to the best of our ability!
Nikki Dequin Bena
Department of Kinesiology
Academic Senate President