Come to our meetings!
- Everyone in the Skyline College community is invited to attend. (Note: Only Senators and Executive officers may vote.)
- All voting members are expected to attend every meeting. Voting members include executive officers, division senators, adjunct senators, and the CTE senator. If a voting member cannot attend a meeting, they are asked to send an alternate.
- Any member of the Skyline College community is welcome to address the Senate with information items during the Public Comment segment of any meeting; however, no action may be taken on any item brought forward at that time.
- Any member of the Skyline College community may request to address the Senate by filling out the Agenda Request form at least two weeks before the desired meeting.
Responsibilities of the Academic Senate
The Academic Senate’s primary function is to represent the faculty and make recommendations to the administration of the college and to the governing board of the San Mateo Community College District with respect to academic and professional matters outlined in Title 5, Section 53200. These areas are known as the "10+1," and are listed in the next section.
The SMCCCD Board of Trustees has agreed to rely primarily upon the expertise of the Academic Senate in academic and professional matters (Board Policy 2.09).
In order to further its responsibility to develop and recommend educational policy with respect to academic and professional matters, the Academic Senate commits to the following:
- To select, study, and discuss significant educational issues that promote more student- ready, transformative, and equitable teaching and learning experiences, policies, and practices.
- To meaningfully represent the faculty in participatory governance on academic and professional matters.
- To communicate and collaborate with all constituencies of the Skyline College community.
- To promote the Skyline College Academic Senate in its role as an instrument for the implementation of college policy in faculty matters.
Visit these pages to learn about the Academic Senate purview, constitution, and bylaws:
Academic and professional matters, commonly known as the "10+1," include the following areas:
- Curriculum, including establishing prerequisites and placing courses within disciplines
- Degree and certificate requirements
- 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 annual reports
- Policies for faculty professional development activities
- Processes for program review
- Processes for institutional planning and budget development
- Other academic and professional matters as are mutually agreed upon between the governing board and the academic senate