DACC East Mesa Campus in Las Cruces, NM.
|Students||Credit: 10,644 (2016-2017)
Non-credit: 3,498 (2016-2017)
|Location||Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
Doña Ana Community College (DACC) is a community college with several campuses in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, mostly in Las Cruces. The school is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. DACC was founded in 1973 to provide associates degrees and technical/vocational training to Las Cruces and neighboring communities. Along with Alamogordo Community College, Carlsbad Community College, and Grants Community College, the school is a branch of New Mexico State University.
As of 2017, the school had 10,644 credit students (including part-time) and 3,498 non-credit students.
DACC's main campus is in Las Cruces, on 15 acres adjacent to New Mexico State University. The school also has facilities in East Mesa, Anthony, Sunland Park, White Sands, Chaparral, and Hatch. Classes are also offered at local high schools.
In 2012 the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) revoked accreditation for DACC's nursing program. Although New Mexico's board of nursing permitted the program to continue, accreditation is a prerequisite for employment in most hospitals and acceptance into other nursing programs, such as the one at New Mexico State. In 2010 the school had been placed on warning status by the NLNAC for having an inadequate ratio of qualified instructors. A lawsuit filed in 2013 by eight nursing students alleges that the school had not notified students of the warning, and had been made aware of the problem as early as 2002. In May 2015, a state judge ruled that the lawsuit would be become a class action, and would include the 100 students enrolled at the time. In August 2015, it was announced that accreditation had been fully restored. This applied retroactively to students who graduated the previous May.