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The Academic Senate is the voice of the faculty in the University of California. The Senate is the one organization that enables the faculty, through shared governance, to exercise its right to participate in the University's governance. To that end, faculty and administrators depend on a high level of consultation, trust, mutual respect and a tradition of collegial collaboration. It is for these reasons that the Academic Senate seeks wide faculty involvement for all of its councils and committees.

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  • ‘At the Pinnacle’

    Shuji Nakamura, a UC Santa Barbara professor of materials — and a Nobel laureate — has been awarded the 2017 Mountbatten Medal by the Great Britain-based Instit…

  • ‘Be Prepared’

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  • Creativity Unbound

    Unveiling a treasure trove of entertainment this fall, UC Santa Barbara is showcasing a stellar selection of musicians, artists, singers, exhibits, film screeni…

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  • Shedding Light on Brain Activity

    A multidisciplinary team of researchers, including UC Santa Barbara scientists John Bowers, Michael Goard and Luke Theogarajan, has been awarded $9 million from…

  • A Culture Re-examined

    For decades, scholars who studied Mississippian culture — a vast network of Native American settlements from Florida to Minnesota from roughly 800 AD to 1500 —…

  • Community First

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  • Social Impact

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  • Deadline for DACA Permit Renewal Approaching

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  • Farming Fish

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Chair of the Academic Senate

Henning Bohn

Henning Bohn
Divisional Chair
Economics


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News & Announcements

Classroom Protocol Survey
The Undergraduate Council is conducting a survey to collect data about faculty experiences and observations in the classroom. We are especially interested in the use of electronics, academic integrity, student engagement, and academic preparation. Your response will inform discussions of possible revisions in education policy, changes in orientation materials, and communications to students regarding classroom expectations. You will receive an email with a unique survey link during the week of May 22. We would deeply appreciate your help.

All responses are confidential and results will be reported only in the aggregate.
Posted: May 18, 2017

Academic Council Statement Opposing President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration
Posted: February 6, 2017

Chancellor’s Letter – Update to Our Campus Community on Immigration Executive Order
Posted: February 2, 2017

Academic Council Support of UC Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order
The Academic Council released a letter of support (dated January 30, 2017), on the UC Statement on President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order (dated January 29, 2017).
Posted: February 2, 2017

Academic Council Endorsement of Principles in Support of Undocumented Members of the UC Community
Posted: December 6, 2016

Post-election campus climate and protecting undocumented members of the UC community
Message from Senate Chair Bohn
Posted: December 1, 2016

University of California releases principles in support of UC community members
The University of California today (November 30, 2016) announced that it will vigorously protect the privacy and civil rights of the undocumented members of the UC community and will direct its police departments not to undertake joint efforts with any government agencies to enforce federal immigration law.
Posted: November 30, 2016

UCSB Academic Senate Executive Council Endorsement
The Executive Council of the UCSB Academic Senate welcomes and endorses the statement on presidential election results by President Napolitano and UC Chancellors (dated November 9, 2016) and the letter by UC, CSU and CCC leaders urging President-elect Trump to continue DACA (dated November 29, 2016).
Posted: November 30, 2016

UC, CSU and CCC leaders urge President-elect Trump to continue DACA
In a letter sent today (November 29, 2016), University of California President Janet Napolitano joined with California State University Chancellor Timothy White and Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor-designate of the California Community College System, in calling upon President-elect Donald Trump to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and allow California and the nation’s students known as Dreamers to continue to pursue their education in the United States.
Posted: November 29, 2016

Important Message from President Napolitano and UC Chancellors
University of California statement on presidential election results
Posted: November 9, 2016

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