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Academic Senate

Role of the Academic Senate

The 11 Responsibilities

The Napa Valley College Academic Senate is the exclusive representative of faculty for academic and professional matters defined in the Education Code and in Title 5. The Napa Valley College Academic Senate has primary responsibility for “academic and professional matters.” Section 53200(c) of Title 5 defines these as:
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,and
11. Other academic and professional matters as mutually agreed upon between the governing board and the academic senate