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Orange Coast College Academic Senate

The passage of AB 1725 in 1988 and the omnibus reform legislation confirmed the Academic Senate's role as the college's primary voice in academic and professional matters.  The Academic Senate is a representative body, and we actively solicit your input and questions.  Please contact us by contacting any current Academic Senator.

Academic Senate California Community Colleges (ASCCC)
Formed in 1970, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) is a 501(c) 6 nonprofit organization. Created for the promotion and advancement of public community college education in California, its general purposes are:

  1. To strengthen local academic senates and councils of community colleges;
  2. To serve as the voice of the faculty of the community colleges in matters of statewide concern;
  3. To develop policies and promote the implementation of policies on matters of statewide issues;
  4. To make recommendations on statewide matters affecting the community colleges.

The Academic Senate gets its authority to strengthen local senates on California community colleges statewide from the California Code of Regulations Title 5 Section 53206, which says: (a) An Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges has been established through ratification by local academic senates or faculty councils so that the community college faculty of California may have a formal and effective procedure for participating in the formation of state policies on academic and professional matters.(b) The Board of Governors (BOG) recognizes the Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges as the representative of community college academic senates or faculty councils before the Board of Governors and Chancellor's Office.

The Orange Coast College local Academic Senate serves as the official voice of the OCC faculty in academic and professional matters.  Under 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 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. 

10+1 Academic Senate Responsibilities Include: 

   1.  The development of curriculum, including the establishment of prerequisites and placing of
       courses in disciplines (Rely Primarily) 
   2.  The determination of degree and certificate requirements  (Rely Primarily)
   3.   The establishment of standards and policies regarding student success  (Rely Primarily)
   4.  The development of new educational programs (Rely Primarily)
   5.  Faculty roles/involvement in accreditation processes and the self-study/annual reports (Rely Primarily) 
   6.  Policies for professional developement activities and the appointment of faculty members to District
        and College committees (Rely Primarily) 
   7.  The development of processes for program review (Rely Primarily)
   8.  District and college governance structures, as related to faculty roles (Mutual Agreement) 
   9.  Establishment and review of grading policies (Mutual Agreement) 
  10. Processes to be utilized in institutional planning and budgeting (Mutual Agreement) 
  +1  Other academic and professional matters (Mutual Agreement) 

In addition to the 10+1 the Education Code assigns additional responsibilities to Academic Senates:

  • Minimum qualifications and equivalencies processes
    Section 87359 (b) Requires the local Board of Trustees to rely primarily upon the advice of the senate regarding faculty meet 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 administrative 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 (FAS).
  • Senate standing committees and sub-committees address areas identified by Title 5, Section 53200 and work in tandem with the statewide Academic Senate for California Community Colleges for the benefit of our students.