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History of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate
On this occasion of the campus's 150th anniversary, we have created a timeline of the history of the Berkeley Division.
1868: The Beginning
Establishment of the University of California, including establishment of an "academic senate" consisting of all faculty and deans and presided over by the President. The senate's role is "for the purpose of conducting the general administration of the university."
1899: The Senate's authority grows
Under President Benjamin Ide Wheeler and with the general approval of the Regents, the Senate is given authority to create new departments, organize the curriculum into lower and upper-division courses, do peer review for hiring and promotion of faculty, and oversee research funds and the university press.
1919-1920: Standing Order of the Regents
1930: The Great Depression
1946: All-University Faculty Conference
1950: The Loyalty Oath Debate
1963: Each Campus gets its own Senate Division
1964: The Free Speech Vote
1967: Senate goes against the Regents to support Kerr
1989: New Admissions Policies
1989: American Cultures Requirement
2001: Response to the 9/11 Bombings and the Patriot Act
2004: Berkeley Faculty Service Award
The Berkeley Division creates The Berkeley Faculty Service Award (BFSA), which honors a member of the Division for their outstanding and dedicated service to the campus. This award recognizes Senate service, which is essential to the ideal of shared governance, and contributions that have had a lasting and significant impact on the excellence of the Berkeley campus.
2009: Online Education
2018: The Senate moves forward
NOTE: “Shared Governance at the University of California: An Historical Review,” a paper by John Aubrey Douglass (CSHE, 1998), was a source for this timeline.