Since De Anza College is a community college, it offers no advanced, graduate, or doctorate courses; therefore, it has little to make it stand out. A prominent weakness at De Anza is the lack of competition. Generally, professors have shifted focus from challenging students to simply passing them. As a result, if a student exerts even the slightest effort, turns in all assignments, and takes some time to study for exams, then that student is almost guaranteed an A in the course. Only as the classes advance (calculus or the final installment of English) do professors raise the bar and demand substantially more, perhaps even assign more than 20 minutes of homework per week (some 6 to 10 hours). Yet, even this workload can be tackled without much haste.
Professors visibly take joy in their occupation. They lecture with enthusiasm, subsequently making lectures engaging. Most often, the teachers are involved with their subject matter; therefore, it is quite difficult to find a professor who is unacquainted or inexperienced with a topic. Rarely are they introverts, too. They frequently engage in casual conversation while packing or commuting from one class to another. Most notably, they are not monochromatic, robotic bureaucrats, as demonstrated through their will to have their grading challenged, revised, or reworked in favor of the student body.