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Academic Senate

The Academic Senate represents the faculty in the shared governance of the institution. The University of California Academic Senate is one of the most highly developed and influential faculty governments in any university. It is the voice of the faculty; the one organization through which the faculty can express its views on an issue.

The university has developed a dual-track system of authority and responsibility which presumes that faculty members are best qualified to chart the University's educational course, while administrators are most competent to direct its finances and organization. In practice, these domains are overlapping and interdependent. To function successfully together, faculty and administrators depend upon a high degree of consultation, trust, mutual respect, and a tradition of collegiality.

For further information, please visit the Academic Senate homepage. You may also contact their office directly by phone at (805) 893 -2885 or in person at 1233 Girvetz Hall.

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