Accreditation 2017


On June 12, 2017, the Board of Trustees approved the Institutional Self Evaluation Reports prepared by Foothill College and De Anza College. The reports are available on the colleges' accreditation websites, reached by using the links below.

Foothill College 

De Anza College



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 has been completed. From Oct. 9-12, 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 and district'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.  



The district began work on a new Strategic Plan for 2017-2023 in the fall 2016. After discussion and some revision, the Board of Trustees approved the plan on March 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  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.

district strategic planning discussions


functional map

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. 

Foothill-De Anza Functional Map