What is the Mt. SAC Academic Senate?
The Mt. San Antonio College Academic Senate is a body of faculty representatives from
all academic departments and disciplines responsible for making recommendations to
the administration and for communicating with the Board of Trustees on policy development
and implementation with respect to academic and professional issues.
In embracing shared governance, the Academic Senate of Mt. San Antonio College partners with the campus
as a whole to make informed recommendations that are in accordance with the College Mission Statement. Click here for the list of "10+1" college issues for which the Academic Senate provides recommendations.
The Board of Trustees relies on the Academic Senate for:
- Curriculum, including establishing pre-requisites and placing courses within disciplines.
- Degree and certificate requirement.
- 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
- 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.
Note: Bolding distinguishes areas where the Academic Senate is primarily relied upon, per the Academic
- Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC)
Formed in 1970, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges 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
3. To develop policies and promote the implementation of policies on matters of statewide
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,
(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 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.
For more information about how to get involved, visit the Academic Senate website: www.asccc.org/about.
- ASCCC Mission Statement
The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges fosters the effective participation
by community college faculty in all statewide and local academic and professional
matters; develops, promotes, and acts upon policies responding to statewide concerns;
and serves as the official voice of the faculty of California Community Colleges in
academic and professional matters. The Academic Senate strengthens and supports the
local senates of all California community colleges.
- Serving on Committees
Serving on a management search and selection committee: Interest Form.
Serving on one or more committees, councils, or task forces: Interest Form. You can also learn about the most of the committees on the College’s Committees webpage. Check out this map of the Senate Committee structure to view a visual representation.
Serving as a Coordinator or Liaison: Interest Form. If there is a position you are interested that is not currently posted, feel free to share your future interest to help with succession planning. Many of the descriptions for positions the Senate appoints to are listed in the Senate Constitution.
- What's the process for being appointed?
- Faculty express interest and share applicable experience or knowledge which they will
contribute to the work through the forms linked to above. For Coordinator or Liaison
positions faculty may be asked to reflect on additional relevant questions.
- All responses are reviewed by the Academic Senate President, usually in collaboration
with the Co-Vice Presidents of the Senate. Depending on the position, the President
may also confer with faculty, staff, or managers who work closely with the position
holder to discuss preferred qualifications.
- Appointments are then made by the Academic Senate President.
- Finally, appointments go through Senate Exec and full Senate for confirmation and