faculty and staff filling the VPAC for opening day ceremonies

The Basics

Governance is the ongoing and integrated process of planning and decision-making. Given that the active participation of all constituent groups and consideration of diverse viewpoints are essential for effective college planning, governance at De Anza College includes faculty members, classified professionals, students and administrators.


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


At the College Council retreat held on Oct. 21, 2022, a decision was made to move forward with implementation of the Program Allocation Committee that was proposed by the Shared Governance Task Force. The new committee will consolidate work that was previously done by the Administrative, Instructional and Student Services planning and budget teams.

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 Review

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.