The primary purpose of the Cypress College Academic Senate is to represent all faculty in consulting collegially with the Board of Trustees and its representatives regarding academic and professional matters affecting the college and the district.
The Cypress College Academic Senate shall also have the purpose of increased communication, awareness, and understanding with and among various entities, including the members of the college faculty as a whole, other groups concerned with policies, welfare, and growth of the college, district representatives acting on matters affecting faculty concerns and interests, and statewide organizations. For further information see the Cypress College Academic Senate Constitution.
In accordance with Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations and NOCCCD Administrative Policy 2510, the Board of Trustees will rely primarily on the Senate for the following academic and professional matters:
- Curriculum, including establishing prerequisites and placing courses within disciplines.
- Degree and certificate requirements.
- Grading policies.
- Standards or policies regarding student preparation and success.
- Faculty roles and involvement in accreditation processes, including self-study and annual reports.
- Policies for faculty professional development activities.
- The Board of Trustees will seek mutual agreement with the Senate on the following academic and professional matters:
- Educational program development and educational program discontinuance.
- District and college governance structures, as related to faculty roles.
- Process for program review.
- Processes for institutional planning and budget development.
- Other academic and professional matters as mutually agreed upon by the Board of Trustees and the Academic Senate.
For further information see the NOCCCD 2012 Decision Making Resource Manual: Structure, Function, and Alignment.