Foothill and De Anza colleges are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). The commission reaffirmed the accreditation of each college in 2012.
As part of the ongoing accreditation cycle of comprehensive review and improvement,
the colleges prepare extensive self-studies assessing educational quality and institutional effectiveness based on
standards set by ACCJC. That process is now under way. Shortly after the colleges
submit their self-study reports in fall 2017, an external accreditation team of peer reviewers for each college will make a site evaluation
visit. The visiting teams, whose members are appointed by ACCJC, will report back
to the commission on their observations about the college's institutional mission and effectiveness, student learning programs and services, financial
resources, and leadership and governance. The commission meets to make accreditation
determinations each January and June. Accreditation is reconsidered every seven years.
district mission statement
As part of the district strategic planning process and after extensive shared governance review, the Board of Trustees adopted a revised district mission statement on July 11, 2016. This revision built upon a revision of the district mission statement that was undertaken the previous year. The mission statement explicitly emphasizes the district's commitment to equity and reiterates its longstanding commitment to educational opportunity and excellence for all. The revision also includes a reference to the district's new role in providing undergraduate education as a participant in the California Community Colleges baccalaureate degree pilot program.
The mission of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District is student success. We are driven by an equity agenda and guided by core values of excellence, inclusion, and sustainability. Every member of our district contributes to a dynamic learning environment that fosters student engagement, equal opportunity, and innovation in meeting the various educational and career goals of our diverse students. We are committed to providing an accessible, quality undergraduate education dedicated to developing a broadly educated and socially responsible community that supports an equitable and just future for California.
DISTRICT STRATEGIC PLAN
The district began work on a new Strategic Plan in fall 2016 and presented a draft to the Board of Trustees for first reading on Feb. 6, 2017. The district strategic plan describes the highest priority work being done in the district to advance the district's mission statement and the goals and strategies of the colleges as articulated in their educational master plans. The draft strategic plan spells out goals and strategies in seven strategic priority areas: educational achievement, the district community, learning and support services, student career goals, learning facilities, fiscal responsibility, and shared governance.
As part of the accreditation process, colleges in multi-college districts must provide an account of whether primary responsibility for all or parts of specific functions relating to ACCJC standards are vested at the college or district level. This overview is provided in the form of a “functional map.” The functional map clearly defines the roles, authority and responsibility between the colleges and the district, documenting and communicating the operational functions of each entity. The map indicates which entity – the district or the colleges – has primary responsibility or whether the responsibility is equally shared between the colleges and the district when functions overlap.