faculty and staff filling the VPAC for opening day ceremonies

Governance Review

De Anza is reviewing its governance structure and processes, focusing on equity and inclusion, as approved by College Council in June 2020. The review has included surveys of all governance groups, faculty members, classified professionals and administrators. De Anza also invited experts on shared governance in California to give a presentation to the college community on Jan. 28, 2021. You can review the presentation slides and survey results on the Governance Review webpage.

Any employee, student or community member may attend any governance committee meeting and is encouraged to participate as a committee member.


(The Campus Budget Team has merged with the Administrative PBT. Agendas and minutes for Campus Budget meetings before 2019 are still available on the Campus Budget website.)

De Anza College has two primary pathways for making decisions — organizational and governanceAfter receiving recommendations and advice from these pathways, the president makes the final decisions.

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Key Documents

Governance Handbook

Please submit handbook changes to newellmallory@deanza.edu

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Decision-Making Flow ChartDecision Making Flowchart

President Brian Murphy speaking with students at a forum

Organizational Pathway

Through the organizational pathway, programs, departments and work units are organized into divisions that comprise the three major houses of Instruction, Student Services, and Finance and College Operations. In general, areas of the programs are led by department heads, the divisions are led by deans or directors, and the three major houses of the college are led by the vice presidents.

The college and district guiding documents, including learning outcomes assessment cycles, Program Review, and the Six-Year Planning and Assessment Cycle, inform the organizational pathway. Recommendations and advice are given directly to the president through the senior staff.

Governance Pathway

In the governance pathway, all constituent members of the college community (students, faculty, classified professionals and administrators) are represented by their respective organizations. These organizations are represented on the three Planning and Budgeting Teams (PBTs) – Administrative, Instructional and Student Services – as well as the Campus Facilities Committee and Equity Action Council.

The college and district guiding documents, including learning outcomes assessment cycles, Program Review, and the Six-Year Planning and Assessment Cycle, inform the governance pathway. The governance teams give recommendations and advice to College Council. Recommendations and advice are given directly to the president through College Council.