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Welcome to the Academic Senate

UC faculty in the Academic Senate carry out shared-governance responsibilities established by The Regents. The Senate is empowered by UC's governing body, the Board of Regents, to exercise direct control over academic matters of central importance to the University – to determine academic policy, set conditions for admission and the granting of degrees, authorize and supervise courses and curricula; and to advise the administration on faculty appointments, promotions and budgets.

2019-20 Academic Council Chair: Kum-Kum Bhavnani

2019-20 Academic Council Vice Chair: Mary Gauvain

What's New


Academic Senate Covid-19 Responses

Actions taken by the Academic Council and Standing Committees in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

UC Davis Graduate Students

Graduate Student Funding

Academic Council endorses a UCPB letter regarding graduate student funding and support.

Standardized Testing

Standardized Testing

The Assembly of the Academic Senate approves the recommendations of the Academic Council's Standardized Testing Task Force.