Academic Senate

Golden West College Academic Senate

Welcome to Academic Senate

Standing Committees of the Academic Senate


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. Review Academic Senate’s constitution and bylaws and its standing and advisory committees’ policies and procedures to address operational effectiveness while examining equity minded practices.
  2. Increase faculty engagement on campus committees and participate in collegial discussions with regard to academic and professional matters in our programs and equity initiatives from recruitment to completion.
  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.  Agendas and zoom information are posted the Fridays prior to the meeting.

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Fall 2021: September 14 & 28, October 12 & 26, November 9 & 23, December 14

Spring 2022: February 8 & 22, March 8 & 22, April 12 & 26, May 10 & 24

Governance – The 10+1
Important Documents
Faculty Professional Development
Student Award Recognition
Incident Reporting
Vision Resource Center