Academic Senate

Golden West College Academic Senate

Welcome to Academic Senate

Standing Committees of the Academic Senate

Academic Senate: Teams (members only) and SharePoint (available Districtwide)

"Go THE EXTRA MILE for GWC Students"


The Golden West College Academic Senate’s mission is to serve its faculty, promote the best interests of higher education, and to represent the faculty in campus, district, and state level senate charges by carrying out the primary functions as delineated in the CA Code of Regulations, Title 5, section 53200, which includes both academic and professional matters, and consulting collegially with the local campus and district governing boards. For additional information on the Academic Senate and its mission, please visit the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges.


The GWC Academic Senate represents all faculty in the shared governance process. We are deeply committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for faculty to express their diverse viewpoints and concerns while maintaining focus on curricular and professional activities. Our campus culture serves to express the collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent that our faculty invest in their work. The GWC Academic Senate will continue to focus on promoting excellence, access, opportunity, and inclusion on our campus and in our programs.


  1. Monitor and discuss the revised Shared Governance Committee Structure to evaluate effectiveness and make recommendations as appropriate. 

  2. Establish AAC membership and set 2022-2023 goals for both Program Review Assessment and Guided Pathways Workgroups with expected recommendations for 2023-2024 implementation.

  3. Engage faculty and promote instructional professional development opportunities and best practices in online education and classroom management.

  4. Assess curriculum review policies, practices, and committees to streamline processes to maintain and improve upon equitable teaching practices. Encourage and train faculty to revise curriculum and pedagogy to exceed state requirements to meet the needs of GWC’s diverse student population.

  5. Improve the timely communication between faculty and the executive administrators through more direct and transparent dialogue regarding academic and professional matters specific to each discipline and the whole campus.


Meetings are on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in LRC 250.  Agendas are posted the Fridays prior to the meeting.

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Fall 2024: Sept 10 + 24; Oct 8 + 22; Nov 12 + 26; Dec 10, 2024

Spring 2025: Feb 11 + 25; Mar 11 + 25; Apr 8 + 22; May 13 + 27, 2025

Important Documents
Faculty Professional Development
Student Award Recognition
Incident Reporting
Vision Resource Center

LRC 163 (Annex)

Academic Senate President
Damien Jordan