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 Charge/mission

 

Mission:  The Academic Senate of Los Angeles City College is the official voice of the faculty on academic and professional matters. The Academic Senate cultivates a collegial and supportive community of educators through respectful dialog and honest communication. It provides leadership for the college and fosters a culture of innovation and excellence in instructional and learning support programs for the success of our students.

About the Academic Senate:  The Los Angeles City College Academic Senate is the governing body of the Los Angeles City College Faculty Association. In accordance with section 53200 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, the Academic Senate bears responsibility for recommending policies and standards to the College President on academic and professional matters at Los Angeles City College, including the following (the "10+1"):

    1. Curriculum, including establishing prerequisites and placing courses within disciplines
    2. Degree and certificate requirements
    3. Grading policies
    4. Educational program development
    5. Standards or policies regarding student preparation and success
    6. District and college governance structures, as related to faculty roles
    7. Faculty roles and involvement in accreditation processes, including self-study and annual reports
    8. Policies for faculty professional development activities
    9. Processes for program review
    10. Processes for institutional planning and budget development
    11. Other academic and professional matters as are mutually agreed upon between the governing board and the academic senate
The College President will either rely primarily on the recommendation of the Academic Senate or reach mutual agreement with the academic senate on recommendations related to the academic and professional matters. The Academic Senate maintains a Collegial Consultation Agreement with the College President. This agreement delineates the collegial consultation process and identifies which of the academic and professional matters are "rely primarily on the senate" and which are "mutual agreement" matters. The agreement is found at
http://sharepoint.lacitycollege.edu/senate/Collegial%20Consultation%20Agreement/Forms/AllItems.aspx
    The Academic Senate is also responsible for developing and recommending faculty hiring policies and procedures, as stated in Education Code section 87360(b), including faculty hiring position prioritization and selection procedures for adjunct and probationary faculty. Each year the Academic Senate, through its Hiring Prioritization Committee, reviews requests for hiring probationary faculty, prioritizes those requests and recommends to the College President the hiring priorities for the current year.
      To fulfill its mission, the Senate maintains eleven standing committees and meets during the fall and spring semesters on the first and third Thursday of the month at 12:30 in General Session to consider campus-wide issues and conduct Senate business. The Senate also sends representatives to all major campus committees and plays a central role in the College's governance and planning, including program review, accreditation, and budget allocation processes. Senate membership includes department chairs and elected faculty representatives from each of the College's academic departments, including the Library and Counseling Departments.

       Committee Structure

      To carry out its basic mission, the Academic Senate maintains standing committees and subcommittees. Meeting primarily during the Fall and Spring Semesters, these standing committees review issues forwarded by the Senate or by the Executive Committee and return recommendations for consideration by the full Senate in General Session. The Senate's standing committees and their respective chairs are listed below.

      Committee Chair Number E-Mail
      Executive Committee Dr. John Freitas X2469/X2605 freitaje@lacitycollege.edu
      Curriculum Committee Dr. April Pavlik X2136 pavlikal@lacitycollege.edu
      Department Chairs Caucus Mr. Dana Cohen X2501 cohendb@lacitycollege.edu
      Educational Policies and Program Integrity Committee (EPPIC) Mr. Daniel Ruiz X2726 ruizdj@lacitycollege.edu
      Budget, Finance, & Membership Committee Dr. Jayesh Bhakta

      x.2923  bhaktaj@lacitycollege.edu
      Faculty Professional Development Committee Ms. Christine J. Park

      X2887

      Fellowship Committee Ms. Kelli Miller
       
      Academic Rank Committee

      Mr. Hector Plotquin

      X2827

      plotquha@lacitycollege.edu
      Constitution & Bylaws Committee

      Ms. Kamale Gray

      X2216

      Elections Committee Ms. Barbara Vasquez x2407    
      Professional Ethics & Academic Freedom Committee  
       
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       Senate Standing Committees

      Executive Committee
      Composed of the elected and appointed officers of the Academic Senate, the EPC Chair and the Chair of Chairs, the Executive Committee meets monthly to plan Senate activities, draft solutions, and address campus issues in response to Senate directives. Suggestions for resolutions or "New Business" for Senate General Sessions should be forwarded to the Executive Committee for consideration as agenda items.

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      The Curriculum Committee
      Composed of one representative from each department appointed by the Academic Senate President, the Curriculum Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month during the regular Fall and Spring Semesters at 12:30 p.m. in the Faculty and Staff Center. The Curriculum Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Senate in General Session on all curricular matters, including the creation of new educational programs and courses, the revision of existing courses, and the establishment of graduation and certificate requirements. Before courses are submitted to the Curriculum Committee, they must be cleared with its Technical Review Committee.

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      The Department Chairs Caucus
      The Department Chairs Caucus meets to consider and make recommendations to the Senate on all matters relating to the functioning of academic departments. The membership of the Department Chairs Caucus includes the elected chairs of all academic departments. The committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. to discuss matters of concern to the department chairs and make recommendations to the Academic Senate accordingly.  

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      The Educational Policies and Program Integrity Committee 
      The Educational Policies and Program Integity Committee (EPPIC) oversees all unit-level program analysis and educational policy development for all areas of the College. EPPIC oversees college-wide Program Review, Student Learning Outcomes assessment, Distance Education, Program Viability Review (program creation, discontinuance, etc.), Instructional Budget Allocation and other matters of educational planning and policy. EPPIC meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 12:30 p.m. during Fall and Spring Semesters, and during intersessions as needed. EPPIC membership is defined in the Senate bylaws and is constituted primarily of faculty appointed by the Academic Senate President, and includes administrators, staff and students 

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      Budget and Finance Committee
      The Budget and Finance Committee meets as needed during Fall and Spring semesters of the regular academic year to collect membership fees for and review allocation requests in relation to the budget of the LACC Faculty Association. The committee is composed of up to three faculty members appointed by the Academic Senate, with the Senate Treasurer serving as chair.  

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      Faculty Professional Development Committee
       
      The Faculty Professional Development Committee consists of four faculty elected during regular senate elections, one AFT representative, and one department chair. The committee is chaired by the college Staff Development Coordinator if that person is faculty. The committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Academic Senate on policies for faculty professional development activities, and for the planning of professional development activities, including the fall opening Faculty Symposium Day. The membership of this committee also serve as members of the college Staff Development Committee.

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      The Fellowship Committee
      The Fellowship Committee meets as needed during Fall and Spring Semester of the regular academic year to plan and oversee activities that promote the development of a professional collegial atmosphere among LACC faculty. These activities include the Senate's reception for new faculty, the annual retirement luncheon, and the graduation reception. The committee is composed of three faculty members appointed by the Academic Senate. For more information about applying for these funds, contact the committee chair.

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      Academic Rank Committee
      The Academic Rank Committee meets as needed to consider applications and recommend advancement in rank for faculty in accordance with District policy, which is available by clicking on this link:  (Districtrankpolicy).  It consists of four elected members elected by the faculty during regular senate elections.

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      Constitution & Bylaws
      The Constitution and Bylaws Committee meets as needed during Fall and Spring Semesters to ensure that the documents governing the Senate and its processes are followed. Membership in this committee is four faculty appointed by the Academic Senate President, with the Senate Parliamentarian serving as committee chair.

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      Elections Committee
      The Elections Committee meets as needed during Fall and Spring Semester of the regular academic year to oversee all aspects of the elections process for Senate officers, District Academic Senate representatives, and election of faculty to the Professional Development and Academic Rank Committees. The committee is composed of three faculty members appointed by the Academic Senate President, excluding members of the Executive Committee.

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      The Professional Ethics Committee
      The Professional Ethics Committee meets as needed during Fall and Spring Semester of the regular academic year to make policy recommendations to the General Session in relation to all matters of professional conduct of all LACC faculty, to consider cases of faculty misconduct and violations of academic freedom, and to address any issues related to faculty and student relationships as they arise. The committee is composed of up to six faculty members appointed by the Academic Senate President.

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