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Academic Senate


The Academic Senate is represented by all full-time and part-time members of the De Anza faculty and Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees in promoting the quality of community college education. This site provides information about the decisions of committee, current members of the Senate, and developing academic and professional potential.

The Academic Senate includes all faculty members. Division senators and officers comprise the Executive Committee, which meets Mondays 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Adm 109.



 - Details the participants and responsibilities of Senate members for upcoming and past meetings

Meeting Notes - Details summaries of discussions in past meetings. Approved resolutions are noted next to the meeting link they occurred in.



General Education Proposals Approved

The periodic review of General Education has been concluded and has resulted in the approval of a new Philosophy of General Education statement, new Criteria for General Education Course qualifying, and a new Environmental Sustainability and Global Citizenship general education requirement.  The work of implementation has now been taken over by a new ad hoc committee.  See an Academic Senate officer for details.



The Academic Senate's purpose is to solidify standards regarding admission, curriculum, degrees, and faculty responsibilities to improve De Anza.


The Board of Trustees relies primarily on the Academic Senate to develop curriculum, including establishing prerequisites and placing courses within disciplines. The Senate sets:

  • Degree and certificate, general education and program specific requirements
  • Grading policies
  • Standards regarding student preparation and success
  • Policies for faculty professional development activities
What's New

Less Paper Pedagogy: Best Practices


Printing Needs Survey Results


Sexual Violence:  Classroom Discussion Models


13-14 Work Accomplished


Materials Fees Overview 


Role of Faculty in Student Success: A Bibliography

Under Senate Purview



 Degree Requirements


Faculty Development Activities


Faculty Role in Accreditation


Grading Policies


Instructional Planning and Budget


Other Academic and Professional Matters


Policies for Program Review


Student Success


Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

The Board of Trustees relies jointly on the Academic Senate for development of:

  • Degree and certificate requirements, including units required for completion
  • Educational program development
  • Governance structures as related to faculty roles
  • Faculty involvement in accreditation
  • Policies for program review
  • Processes for institutional planning and budget development
  • Other academic and professional matters as mutually agreed upon between the board and the Academic Senate

Faculty Search Committee Selection Process  - Explains the selection process for serving on faculty hiring committees at De Anza College and the role of the Academic Senate in this process.

*        Two years as De Anza College Academic Senate President.

*        One year as FHDA District Academic Senate President.

*        Past and current co-chair of accreditation self-study groups.

*        Division representative on the Academic Senate Executive Committee.

*        Broad understanding of college issues developed through college/district committees and other work on curriculum, budget, tenure review, search committees, technology, IPBT, college council, chancellor’s advisory council, and more.

Academic Senate
Email: Mayra Cruz

Office Location: Adm 117
Phone: 408.864.8358


Last Updated: 2/23/15