The Academic Senate at NCC has celebrated a long tradition of collaborative decision
making since the 1960’s. In 2017, The Board of Trustees passed a resolution that directed
the College President to revise the shared governance structure and to present to
the Board on or before September 1, 2017. The revised Senate bylaws were adopted and
its impact on the College governance system has been ongoing.
The Academic Senate is the means by which the members of the faculty provide a voice
and represent their respective constituencies. At present, there are 24 Senate committees
which actively engage in serving the campus. Our committees address such areas which
include curriculum, faculty development, applied learning, academic standing and assessment.
There are also special ad hoc committees. The Senate receives proposals from its committees,
provides feedback and forward the recommendations to the President for implementation,
or where appropriate, for consideration by the Board of Trustees.
The purpose of shared governance is to ensure meaningful faculty participation in
institutional governance. The senators and alternates are full-time faculty members
and students elected by faculty, students and representatives from the CSEA and AFA
respectively. The 10 members of Administration are appointed by the President. The
additional nonvoting ex officio members have privileges of the floor, make motions,
take part in debates, and enjoy all the other privileges of membership except for
voting and being an officer.
As a representative body, we actively solicit your input and questions. Please contact
us through our website or by communicating with your department senator.