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Welcome to the Merritt College Academic Senate

Mario Rivas portrait copy 2“The Senate’s voice depends on faculty involvement. We encourage and welcome the faculty to contact the Senate with any ideas, feedback, and suggestions for to improve the college and create a greater connection with the faculty and the campus.”

Dr. Mario Rivas
Academic Senate President

What is the Academic Senate?

The Academic Senate is a governing body for a college or university made up of faculty  from various units within the university. The organization’s primary function is to make recommendations with respect to academic and professional matters including:

1.      Curriculum, including establishing prerequisites.
2.      Degree and certificate requirements.
3.      Grading policies.
4.      Educational program development.
5.      Standards or policies regarding student preparation and success.
6.      College governance structures, as related to faculty roles.
7.      Faculty roles and involvement in accreditation processes.
8.      Policies for faculty professional development activities.
9.      Processes for program review.
10.   Processes for institutional planning and budget development.
11.   Other academic and professional matters as mutually agreed upon.
(See side links for more more detailed descriptions of the Academic Senate’s roles.)



The mission of Merritt College is to enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve by helping students to attain knowledge, master skills, and develop the appreciation, attitudes and values needed to succeed and participate responsibly in a democratic society and a global economy.