About the 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.

NOTE: Due to COVID19 Closed Campus, Academic Senate meetings are being conducted via ZOOM until further notice/update:

This Monday's Academic Senate Meeting will be available for you to participate in via Confer Zoom. Per Governor Newsom's emergency order for COVID19 sheltering in place, holding this meeting in Confer Zoom satisfies Brown Act requirements requiring a publicly accessible meeting location.  

If you wish to join via ConferZoom, below are instructions.  Voting for any Motions made during the meeting will be done via the Chat feature of ConferZoom, and I will explain how that will work at the start of our meeting.


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International numbers available: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/u/acG6BotGU2

Senate Officers' Office Hours, ADM 117: 

Academic Senate Newsletter

Meeting Notes, Agendas, Needs & Confirmations

Academic Senate meetings - Current agendas and meeting notes. For agendas prior to 2017-18, Archived Agendas
For meeting notes prior to 2017-18, Archived Meeting Minutes

Needs & Confirmations-Updated 4/19/2020

FAQ from Public Comment Agenda Item - 6/3/2019

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.

Primary duties of the Academic Senate

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 

Jointly shared duties of the Academic Senate

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 Hiring

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.

Process for Requesting Confirmation and Appointment of Faculty to Search Committees, Tenure Committees, and Shared Governance Committees

FHDA District FT faculty employment policy and hiring procedures


Academic Senate
Email:Karen Chow

Office Location: Adm 117
Phone: 408.864.8358


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