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The Academic Senate's 10+1 Responsibilities:

The Academic Senate's 10+1 Responsibilities:  
The Academic Senate serves as the official voice of the faculty in academic and professional matters.

Pursuant to California Administrative Code of Regulations - Title 5, Section 53200, the Academic Senate is a faculty organization whose primary function is to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees on 10+1 academic and professional matters. Each local Academic Senate works with its local Board of Trustees to establish policy determining which of the 10 + 1 responsibilities the Board with rely primarily upon the advice of the Senate and which of those 10 + 1 responsibilities the Board will reach mutual agreement with the Senate.

  1.  The development of curriculum, including the establishment of prerequisites and planning of course disciplines
  2.  The determination of degree and certificate requirements
  3.  The establishment and review of grading policies
  4.  The establishment of standards and policies regarding student preparation and success
  5.  The appointment of faculty members to District and College committees
  6.  The development of processes for program review.
  7.  The development of new educational programs
  8.  District governance processes
  9.  The delineation of faculty roles and involvement in accreditation processes
 10. The determination of processes to be utilized in institutional planning and budgeting and 
 +1  Other academic and professional matters. 

Education Code assigns additional responsibilities to Academic Senates: 

 Minimum Qualifications and Equivalancies Processes
Section 87359 (b)
Requires the local Board of Trustees are to rely primarily upon the advice of the senate regarding faculty meeting the minimum qualifications.

Faculty Hiring
Section 87360
Requires the local Board of Trustees to develop hiring criteria, policies, and procedures for new faculty members.

Faculty Evaluation and Tenure Review
Section 87610.1 (a)
Requires that collective bargaining agents, or faculty unions, consult with the academic senate prior to negotiating tenure evaluation procedures.
Section 87663 (f)
Requires that collective bargaining agents, or faculty unions, consult with the academic senate prior to negotiating faculty evaluation procedures.

Administrative Retreat Rights
Section 87458 (a)
Requires the local Board of Trustees to rely primarily upon the advice and judgment of the academic senate regarding procedures regarding administrators retreating into faculty positions.

Faculty Service Areas
Section 87743.2
Requires that collective bargaining agents, or faculty unions, consult with the academic senate prior to negotiating Faculty Service Areas (FSA's). 

Professional Development of Faculty
Section 53200 
States that the Academic Senate is responsible for developing and collaborating on policies related to faculty professional development activities. 

At OCC there are five subcommittees of the Academic Senate that are referred to as the Professional Development Institute or PDI.  PDI provides assistance to full-time faculty in professional development by offering funding, salary advancement credit, or overload credit for professional development activities; and they also assist 7.5+ part-time faculty in conference funding only.   For more information, applications, and committee membership contact information, please consult the Professional Development Institute's informative OCC Portal webpage at: https://occportal.orangecoastcollege.net/Committees/professional_development_institute/default.aspx