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De Anza College

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About De Anza College

De Anza College is a community college located 45 miles south of San Francisco, occupying a 112-acre site in Cupertino, California in the heart of Silicon Valley. Cupertino is also home to Apple, Symantec, Sun, Hewlett-Packard, and many other high-technology firm, and is part of the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District

De Anza College serves Santa Clara County, home to one of the highest concentrations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. Approximately 42% of students at De Anza self-report as Asian American or Pacific Islander.

De Anza's Approach

De Anza College AANAPISI staff chose to address the needs of their AAPIs in a few key areas:

  • Student success:
    • New student and parent open house
    • Summer bridge
    • New student intake protocol
    • First-year experience (FYE)
    • Veterans Initiative
  • Curriculum:
    • AAPI-targeted learning communities
    • Expansion of AAPI leadership institute
  • Profesisonal development
    • AAPI culturally-relevant educaitonal sessions

About De Anza College's AANAPISI program - IMPACT AAPI

IMPACT AAPI is a two-year program funded by an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. 

Our goal is to address Asian Pacific Islander subgroups that are historically underrepresented in higher education. Our integrated Curriculum, Student Success programs, and Staff Development focus on creating educational experiences that support and challenge our students.

IMPACT AAPI's goals are to address the educational needs of AANAPI and disadvantaged students by:

  • increasing student access to college services for AANAPI students from lower-income geographic areas and families;
  • improving overall student persistence among first-time De Anza students who plan to transfer/obtain a degree or are undecided;
  • improving student readiness for college-level courses among first-time De Anza students who enter the college at pre-collegiate course levels;
  • improving the overall course success rate of AANAPI subgroups with rates below the college average.

We have a multi-faceted approach to support students at different points in the education process, which can be broken down into 3 main categories:

  • Student Success/Support: targeted student success programs that facilitate the transition to college,
  • Curriculum/Academics: new classes offered each quarter, designed to facilitate learning and academic success while focusing on AAPI-related issues,
  • Faculty/Staff Training: specialized Staff Development sessions that provide staff and faculty with insight into creating better learning environments.

Our projects are integrated together, and also partner with existing De Anza projects. This ensures that students have a cohesive experience and are supported each step of the way with targeted versions of proven programs

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