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Academic Senate

Academic Senate at FLCC contributes to the creation and governance of academic policies and procedures. It's responsible for developing recommendations relative to policies and decisions that benefit academic policies, institutional planning, assessment, and resource allocation. Academic Senate encourages communication and collaboration about the academic experience at FLCC.

Academic Senate Structure

Academic Senate is made up of the following positions:

  • Chair
  • Chair of Assessment
  • Chair of Curriculum
  • A representative from each academic department, the library, and the advising office
  • AVP of Instruction
  • Provost
  • Student Representative

Executive Committee

Academic Senate has an Executive Committee, which includes the chair, vice chair, recorder of the Academic Senate, the Academic Senate liaison to the Middle States Committee, the Chairs of the standing committees, and the delegate to the Faculty Council of Community Colleges. The past chair of the Academic Senate serves as a non-voting advisory member for one year after his/her term expires. The duties of the Executive Committee include planning meetings, developing agendas, and formulating positions on academic issues of concern to FLCC.

Academic Senate Roles & Responsibilities

Academic Senate is responsible for considering policies and practices that inform teaching and learning at FLCC. There are two standing sub-committees—the Curriculum and Assessment committees. Both provide oversight of all curriculum and academic assessment issues.

Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee reviews programs and course offerings, and it recommends actions that permit FLCC to develop and maintain high quality programs in accordance with state regulations and guidelines. This committee is also responsible for making recommendations regarding all new and existing program and course offerings, sequences, prerequisites, and co-requisites.

Assessment Committee

Our Assessment Committee provides formal review of assessment plans, results, and processes for all credit bearing academic programs. It's also responsible for making recommendations regarding the effectiveness and alignment of course level, program level, and institutional level outcomes.

Student Experience Committee

The Student Experience Committee studies and provides advice, support, and makes recommendations on those matters involving the student experience from admissions to graduation and recommends policies and procedures necessary to establish an environment conducive to student retention and success; including, but not limited to, registration, advisement, standards of progress, student code of conduct, student disciplinary measures, redress of grievances, withdrawals, and co-curricular student experiences.

Project Highlights

Over the past several years, the Academic Senate and its subcommittees have created and updated the grading policy and procedures, program deactivation, and the discontinuance policy. In addition, these committees have managed the seamless transfer process in accordance to new SUNY guidelines, and they have adapted a new learning framework to guide all academic curricular, co-curricular, and assessment decisions at FLCC. Academic Senate has also worked on the following policies: Intellectual Property Rights Policy, Academic Freedom Policy, and Applied Learning Policy.