The Senate's 10+1 Responsibilities:

The Academic Senate serves as the official voice of the faculty in academic and professional matters.

Pursuant to California Administrative Code of Regulations - Title 5, Section 53200, the Academic Senate is a faculty organization whose primary function is to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees on 10+1 academic and professional matters. Each local Academic Senate works with its local Board of Trustees to establish policy determining on which of the responsibilities the Board with rely primarily upon the advice of the Senate and on which of the responsibilities the Board will reach mutual agreement with the Senate.

At COC, those matters in which the Board of Trustees will rely primarily on the advice and judgment of the Academic Senate are:
  1. The development of curriculum, including the establishment of prerequisites and
      planning of course disciplines
  2. The determination of degree and certificate requirements
  3. The establishment and review of grading policies
  4. The establishment of standards and policies regarding student preparation and success
  5. The appointment of faculty members to District and College committees
  6. The development of processes for program review.

At COC, those matters in which the Board of Trustees and the Senate obligate themselves to reach
mutual agreement resulting in written resolution, regulations or policy are:
  7. The development of new educational programs
  8. District governance processes (except 5 above)
  9. The delineation of faculty roles and involvement in accreditation processes
 10.The determination of processes to be utilized in institutional planning and budgeting and 
 11.Other academic and professional matters.

See also, Board Policy 7215, Academic Senate Participation in Collegial Consultation