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​​Academic Senate

The Norco Academic Senate, composed of elected faculty representatives, makes recommendations to the College administration and to the Board of Trustees regarding academic and professional matters (defined by AB1725, Section 53200) and facilitates communication among faculty, students, administration, and the Board of Trustees in all matters related to community college education.

All members of the Norco community are invited to attend. Faculty are particularly encouraged to attend and express their views and concerns on a regular basis to their elected Senate representatives.

​In the spring of 2010, the Norco Academic Senate formed a charitable, philanthropic, and social organization of faculty called the Associated Faculty of Norco College (AFNC). For information about the new Associated Faculty of Norco College please see here​.

​The Norco Academic Senate usually meets the first and third Monday of the month in CSS 217 from 1:30-3:30 during the fall and spring semesters.  Please see our schedule below for exact days and rooms.  

If you are interested in requesting an item be placed on an agenda please fill out the following Request for Agenda Item​

​The Norco Academic Senate, in accordance with Title 5 Education Code Section 53203(f), and after consultation with the chief executive officer or designee, is the body responsible for the appointment of faculty members to serve on college committees. In an effort to streamline this process, please use the following form to request Senate appointment of faculty to committees and groups: Request for Faculty Appointment.

Role of the Academic Senate

The roles and responsibilities of the local senate and its faculty are spelled out in two State venues:

Education Code: These laws are a result of legislation—and can be modified only by subsequent legislative action.

California Code of Regulations, Title 5: The policies and regulations of the Board of Governors, and their interpretations and strategies for implementation of the Education Code, are contained within this collection. Title 5 regulations have the force of law, though they can be modified by action of the Board of Governors without legislative intervention.​


Kimberly Bell
Academic Senate President
(951) 372-7127

​Offi​cers & Se​nators

Academic Department Representatives

  • School of Communication, Humanities & Languages (CHL) - Ana-Marie Olaerts
  • School of Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBS) - Tim Russell
  • School of Visual & Performing Arts (VAPA) - VACANT
  • School of Applied Technologies & Apprenticeships (ATA) - Jesus 'Gil' Vela
  • School of Business & Management - Dana White
  • School of Human & Public Services (HaPS) - Sigrid Williams
  • School of Math, Engineering, Computer Science & Game Development (MECSGD) - Ashlee Johnson
  • School of Natural Sciences, Health & Kinesiology (NSHK) - William Whalen
  • Counseling - Zina Chacon
Academic Senate Committee Chairs

​Senate Liaisons/Representatives


  • Tom Wagner, J.D. (2001-2007)
  • Sharon Crasnow, Ph.D. (2007-2013)
  • Lyn Greene, Ph.D. (2013-2014)
  • Peggy Campo, Ed.D. (2014-2019)​
  • Quinton Bemiller, Ed.D. (2019-2021)
  • Virgil L​ee​, Ph.D. (2021-2022)

M​eeting Schedule

FALL 2023 Meeting Schedule​

Meetings are generally the 1st & 3rd Mondays 
from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm in CSS 217

FALL 2023 Meeting Schedule of the
Norco College Academic Senate

Agenda Item Request Deadline

August 28, 2023* 5 PM on Wednesday, August 23, 2023
September 11, 2023** 5 PM on Wednesday, September 6, 2023
October 2, 2023 5 PM on Wednesday, September 27, 2023
October 16, 2023 5 PM on Wednesday, October 11, 2023
November 6, 2023 5 PM on Wednesday, November 1, 2023
November 13, 2023***
5 PM on Wednesday, November 8, 2023
December 4, 2023
5 PM on Wednesday, November 29, 2023

*The 4th Monday in August. The first Monday in September is a campus holiday. If we do not schedule an alternate day, then our first meeting would not occur until September 18th, which is during the fourth week of classes.
**The 2nd Monday in September. The first Monday in September is a campus holiday.
***The 2nd Monday in November. The third Monday in November is a campus holiday. If we don’t schedule an alternate meeting day there will be only one Senate meeting during the seven-week period from October 16th to December 4th. 
RCCD 2023-2024 Academic Calendar - Fall 2023 

Su​pporting Documents

20​18 - 2019

20​​17 - 2018

201​6 - 2017

2015​ - 2016

20​​14 - 2015

201​​2 - 2013

201​1 - 2012

2010 - 2011

2009 - 2010

  • S110 - Norco Senate Spring Goals: First reading, March 15. Second reading scheduled for April 5
  • F109 - 16 unit maximum: This resolution was presented to the District Senate on December 14, 2009. The DS recommended that Lorraine Anderson be consulted on the numbers of students affected and any other anticipated impact of such a change. She reported that the number of students was low and the impact on student services is high. After further consultation with Dimitrios Synodinos at Norco, the Senate put the resolution aside. 

​​2008 - 2009

  • Resolution on Academic Rank (First Reading: February 26, 2007; Second Reading: March 5, 2007; Passed March 5, 2007)
    Update (5/14/08): The resolution on academic rank was discussed at the Board of Trustees committee meeting on May 13, 2008. There were concerns voice by administration and trustees about the ranks of Professor, Part-time Assistant and Part-time Associate Professor, and Visting assistant and associate professors. The chair of the committee recommended further discussion between faculty and administration on those items. Update (8/19/08): Revisions to proposed procedures were agreed upon by academic affairs and the senates. AP4000 was adopted by the Board of Trustees on 8/19/08. 
  • Distinguished Faculty Award (First reading, MV, September 17; First reading Norco, October 15)
    Update (5/14/08): This resolution is on hold pending the outcome of the Academic Rank Resolution. 
  • ​Dean's H​onor Roll Resolution (revised) (First reading Norco, October 15; Second reading March 17, 2008; passed at Norco March 17, 2008)
    Update (5/14/08): Since the Dean's Honor Roll Resolution (1009) was passed by both the Norco Senate and the Riverside Senate, it was adopted by the District Senate on 5/12/08.​

Archived ​​Agen​das & Minutes

2022 - 2023

2021 - 2022

2020 - 2021

2019 - 2020

2018 - 2019

2017 - 2018

2017 - 2018

2015 - 2016