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Academic Senate

About the Academic Senate

Role of an academic senate

Title 5 gives the academic senate power and responsibility to make recommendations to the Foothill Administration and the District Board of Trustees on academic and professional matters. Academic and professional matters and the role the academic senate in governing California Community Colleges was established and defined in AB 1725 (1988), which was a powerful piece of legislation shaping higher education in California.  These are the academic and professional matters for which academic senates must be relied upon by the Board of Trustees and their delegates (administrators):


The board, while retaining ultimate power, develops policies and procedures concerning academic and professional matters either by primary reliance upon the advice and judgement of the senate or by reaching mutual agreement with the senate.

For more information please refer to the Local Senates Handbook published by the Academic Senate of California Community Colleges (ASCCC). 

Primary Areas of Reliance

Our district board policy #2223 (6/93) designates the following as primary reliance areas:

  • Curriculum and general education
  • Program specific degree requirements
  • Grading policies
  • Standards regarding student preparation and success
  • Policies for faculty professional development activities
  • Other academic and professional matters as mutually agreed upon between the governing board and the academic senate.

Areas of Joint Development

The following are designated as joint development areas:

  • Units for degrees and certificates
  • Educational program development
  • Governance structures as related to faculty roles
  • Faculty involvement in accreditation
  • Policies for program review
  • Processes for institutional planning & budget development
  • Other academic and professional matters as mutually agreed upon between the governing board and the academic senate.

Academic Freedom

Statements approved by Foothill and De Anza College

  • Academic Freedom Statement Word | PDF

District Policy and Procedure for Evaluating Equivalency Requests



Campus Center

Please contact me!

Voltaire Villanueva, Ed.D.

Academic Senate President

Senate Office: Admin 1929

Senate Membership

See membership contact list for 2022-2023 Acadmic Senate officers, division senators, and liaisons.