To begin with, I'd like to describe the Academic Senate in historical terms. In fact, the Academic Senate is a modern version of the oldest of collegiate institutions. Originally, a college was a gathering of scholars who came together to study and to teach. The college and the faculty were indistinguishable; the faculty was the college. Colleges, in other words, began as colective enterprises. They were cooperative efforts to do education; indeed, the Latin word from Which college stems is "collegium" meaning partnership.