2023 Institutional Self-Evaluation 

De Anza is beginning the process of producing a comprehensive Institutional Self-Evaluation Report, as the college enters year six of a seven-year accreditation cycle. Here is an overview of that process, followed by an expected timeline.

smiling male gradThe College Planning Committee serves as the Accreditation Steering Committee to guide the college through the self-evaluation process and prepare for a site visit in spring 2024 by the external evaluation team, following guidelines established by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).

Self-Evaluation Process

As part of the self-evaluation, the college will examine its programs and activities in the context of ACCJC Standards and Eligibility Requirements. The resulting Institutional Self-Evaluation Report (ISER) will include extensive evidence and a Quality Focus Essay that identifies plans and projects for future improvement.

The steering committee is expected to ask College Council to assign individual shared governance groups to draft relevant sections of the Institutional Self-Evaluation Report, drawing on their representative membership and areas of expertise. 

The steering committee is responsible for compiling the sections into one document, drafting the Quality Focus Essay, soliciting feedback from the campus community, and incorporating the feedback into the final draft of the ISER. The ISER will then be submitted for approval by College Council and the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees.

Questions or Comments

If you have questions or comments for the college to consider about accreditation, please contact Mallory Newell, Accreditation Liaison Officer at 408.864.8777 or newellmallory@deanza.edu 

Comments to the Accrediting Commission

Members of the college community or public may submit comments directly to the commission by  completing the commission’s online comment form. Comments should be submitted no later than five weeks before the peer review team visit. Institutions will be provided an opportunity to review applicable third-party comments.



Timeline for Self-Evaluation

Sept. 22, 2022: Opening Day Presentation

  • Accreditation Liaison Officer shares with campus community the purpose of accreditation and explains the self-evaluation process

October 2022: Meetings With Shared Governance Groups

  • Accreditation Liaison Officer meets with governance groups to explain process and solicit team leads for writing assigned sections.
  • Each assigned team identifies a lead writer who is responsible for collecting evidence and input from the team, drafting the section and submitting the final product
      • Standard I: Mission, Academic Quality and Institutional Effectiveness, and Integrity – assigned to College Planning Committee - Lead: Mallory Newell
          • A. Mission
          • B. Assuring Academic Quality and Institutional Effectiveness
          • C. Institutional Integrity
      • Standard II: Student Learning Programs and Support Services - Lead: 
          • A. Instructional Programs – assigned to IPBT - Lead: 
          • B. Library and Learning Support Services – assigned to Academic Services - Lead: 
          • C. Student Support Services - assigned to SSPBT - Lead: 
      • Standard III: Resources – assigned to APBT 
          • A. Human Resources - Lead: 
          • B. Physical Resources - Lead: 
          • C. Technology Resources – assigned to Technology Committee - Lead: 
          • D. Financial Resources - Lead: 
      • Standard IV: Leadership and Governance – assigned to College Planning Committee 
          • A. Decision-Making Roles and Processes - Lead: 
          • B. Chief Executive Officer - Lead: 
          • C. Governing Board - Lead: Mallory Newell with Paula Norsell  
          • D. Multi-College Districts or Systems - Lead: Mallory Newell with David Ulate

October 2022 – June 2023: Self-Evaluation and Initial Draft Report

  • College Planning Committee meets to work on and monitor standards in conjunction with shared governance groups serving as writing teams. 

Dec. 1, 2022: First Drafts Due From Writing Teams

Feb. 23, 2023: Second Drafts Due From Writing Teams

May 11, 2023: Third Drafts Due From Writing Teams

May 25, 2023: Fourth Drafts Due From Writing Teams

June 2023: Combined Drafts Shared

  • Teams' fourth drafts are shared with college community via online workshop
  • Drafts are submitted to the Office of Communications for editing and design

July – September 2023: Communications Office Review

  • Communications Office reviews and directs questions to drafting teams or the Accreditation Liaison Officer
  • Communications Office continues with final edits, formatting and production

October 2023: Collegewide Feedback on Edited Draft

  • College Planning Committee hosts collegewide event to share edited draft
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer presents draft to shared governance process, seeking formal approval from each governance group
  • Final revisions are made as needed

November 2023: Final Draft to Board of Trustees 

Dec. 15, 2023: Final Document Submitted to Commission

Spring 2024: Site Visit and Comprehensive Review


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