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, with other facilities in East Mesa, Anthony, Sunland Park, White Sands, Chaparral, and Hatch. Classes are also offered at local high schools.
DACC, governed by the NMSU Board of Regents, has its own budget and administrative structure. The DACC President leads the affairs of DACC along with a vice president for business and finance, a vice president for academic affairs, a vice president for student services, and an associate vice president for assessment and accreditation. The DACC president reports to the NMSU the Chancellor of the NMSU system and President of NMSU.
DACC's main campus is in Las Cruces, on 15 acres adjacent to New Mexico State University.
The East Mesa Campus located on the northeast side of Las Cruces houses most of the general education programs and business and information technology programs. The Espina Campus located on the southeast side of Las Cruces is the main location for the health programs and trades programs. The Workforce Center in central Las Cruces offers customized training for employee development and career and technical training, such as truck driving. The Gadsden Center located in the southeastern portion of the county offers general education programs and adult education programs. The Sunland Park Center in Santa Teresa offers general education, adult education, and welding. The Chaparral location offers classes in adult education and continuing education. Classes are also offered at local high schools.
The school is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Several programs at Doña Ana Community College have specialized accreditation:
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.