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Academic Senate

The ECC Academic Senate fosters the effective participation by community college faculty in all academic and professional matters; develops, promotes, and acts upon policies responding to collegewide concerns; and serves as the official voice of the faculty of El Camino College in academic and professional matters.


Academic Senate Handbook

According to ECC Board Policy 2510, “the Board will normally accept the recommendations of the Academic Senate on academic and professional matters as defined by Sub-Chapter 2, Section 53200, et seq., California Administrative Code, Title 5, and as listed below:

  1. Curriculum, including establishing prerequisites and placing courses within disciplines;
  2. Degree and certificate requirements;
  3. Grading policies;
  4. Educational program development;
  5. Standards and policies regarding student preparation and success;
  6. District and College governance structures as related to faculty roles;
  7. Faculty roles and involvement in accreditation process, 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, and
  11. Other academic and professional matters as mutually agreed upon between the Board of Trustees and the Academic Senate.

 If the District Governing Board of Trustees disagrees with the recommendation of the Academic Senate, representatives of the two bodies shall have the obligation to meet and reach mutual agreement by written resolution, regulation, or policy of the Governing Board.

The Academic Senate is committed to supporting the college’s Mission and Strategic Plan, including Strategic Initiative C – COLLABORATION - Advance an effective process of collaboration and collegial consultation conducted with integrity and respect to inform and strengthen decision-making. For more information consult ECC Academic Senate Handbook or Local Senates Handbook.

Support for all Students

The El Camino College Academic Senate is dedicated to advocating for all of our students in order to create a safe and effective learning environment. The Senate's "Statement of Support for all Students" can be viewed here.  The Senate collaborated on development of a resolution "Supporting Excellent, Comprehensive Educational Programs for all Students," which was approved by the Board of Trustees and can be viewed here.  To learn more about resources to support students, visit AB540 and Undocumented Student Resources

Sample Syllabus Statements

Working in collaboration with campus stakeholders, the Senate has developed recommended syllabus statements which are suggested and can be modified. The Senate encourages faculty to consider including this information in their syllabi as a way of supporting student success (i.e., directing students to resources like our counselors) and of addressing areas of concern, such as whether students must get permission to record in the classroom.  Several statements have links to additional information which can help provide some background or context.