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About De Anza

Our Mission and Values



De Anza StudentsDe Anza College provides an academically rich,
multicultural learning environment that challenges
students of every background to develop their intellect,
character and abilities; to realize their goals; and to be
socially responsible leaders in their communities, the
nation and the world. The college engages students
in creative work that demonstrates the knowledge, skills
and attitudes contained within the college’s Institutional
Core Competencies
        • Communication and expression
        • Information literacy
        • Physical/mental wellness and personal responsibility
        • Civic capacity for global, cultural, social and environmental justice
        • Critical thinking

De Anza Value WheelIntegrity

We embrace honesty, credibility, clear communication and acting on our stated values. We strive to acknowledge and address issues that may be difficult to broach. The college’s ability to fulfill its mission depends on a college community in which everyone feels included, respected and safe.


In all of our many roles, we will continuously and purposefully reflect in order to innovate and improve. We work to ensure our physical space is welcoming, conducive to learning and environmentally sustainable. We are committed to being innovative in our daily work, curriculum and use of technology. We work with our students to be creative, flexible, imaginative and inventive, and to prepare to contribute to a world that will demand skills and competencies not yet in view.


We welcome students of all ages and backgrounds and connect with them, in their range of unique circumstances, to help them fulfill their dreams. We strive to design classes and services to the needs of those we serve. We value and embrace the intellectual contributions of a diverse spectrum of people and cultures. We strive for a diverse workforce that honors the contributions of all who work here.

Developing the Human Capacity of All Students

We will provide support in six key factors of student success. Our students will be:

  • Directed, with a goal and the knowledge of how to achieve it.
  • Focused, staying on track to achieve that goal.
  • Nurtured, feeling that we want to, and do, help them to succeed.
  • Engaged, actively participating in class and extracurricular activities.
  • Connected, feeling that they are part of the college community.
  • Valued, with their skills, talents and abilities recognized, and with opportunities to contribute on campus and feel that their contributions are appreciated.*
Institutional Core Competencies

Our students will be able to demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes in the following five areas:

  • Communication and Expression
  • Information Literacy
  • Physical/Mental Wellness and Personal Responsibility
  • Civic Capacity for Global, Cultural, Social and Environmental Justice
  • Critical Thinking
Civic Engagement for Social Justice

We provide students with opportunities to enhance their potential for purposeful and productive lives. As a public institution, we contribute to the development of our local, state, national and global communities. We view our students and ourselves as agents of change, responsible for building the world in which all people are able to realize their dreams in ways that are environmentally sustainable and in alignment with the United Nations' Declaration of Human Rights. **

Values adopted May 30, 2013.

*From "Student Support (Re)defined," a report of the Research & Planning (RP) Group of California Community Colleges, January 2013. Report and Brief
**Adopted 1948.

About De Anza
Contact: Outreach
Phone: 408.864.8327

Last Updated: 1/20/17