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Criterion Three: Student Learing

& Effective Teaching

Criterion Three Statement

The organization provides evidence of student learning and teaching effectiveness that demonstrates it is fulfilling its educational mission.

  1. The organization’s goals for student learning outcomes are clearly stated for each educational program and make effective assessment possible.
  2. The organization values and supports effective teaching.
  3. The organization creates effective learning environments.
  4. The organization’s learning resources support student learning and effective teaching.

Services at DACC

DACC recognizes that in order for students to learn, they must have a solid support system that includes student services and access to learning resources.  DACC is committed to providing students with the necessary support required for success.  The following is a list of the student services available to DACC’s diverse student body.   This information can be found in the current DACC Catalog, the DACC Student Handbook, and on the web at DACC.nmsu.edu/students/.

  • Financial Aid
  • Veterans Services
  • Counseling
  • Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Student Success Center (Tutoring) 
  • Career Counseling
  • Career Placement Services
  • Cooperative Education
  • Bookstore
  • Escort Service
  • Library and Learning Technology (LLT) Division
  • Academic Advising
  • English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) Advising
  • Student Services Testing Center
    • TEAS Test-Nursing Entrance Test
    • HOBET - Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test
    • KEYBOARDING ASSESSMENT
    • COMPASS
    • Double Check Test
    • The Student Services Testing Center is also a VUE Testing Center. Students taking certain classes sponsored by technology-related products (e.g. Microsoft, Adobe) can choose to take a certified exam at the completion of the class.  These students are referred to the testing center by their instructors.
  • Computer Laboratories and Classrooms
  • Snack Bar

Services at NMSU available to DACC students

As a branch of NMSU, DACC students have access to a variety of services and programs housed at the Central NMSU campus.  Some of these services are:

  • Main Campus Activities
  • Ethnic Programs
  • International Students
  • Identification Cards
  • Student Health Center
  • Housing
  • Eating Facilities and Meal Plan
  • Free on-campus transportation (Aggie Shuttle Bus)

Learning Resources

DACC also provides a wide-array of learning resources to support students in their course work.  Below is a list of many of the resources available to DACC students:

  • Library and Learning Technology Division Information Resource Portal
  • Math Adaptive Technology for Disabled Students
  • Program-specific Advising
  • ESL advising and courses
  • Specialized software in the health and career-technical programs
  • Specialized technology labs in the health and career-technical programs
  • Math Testing Center
  • Dual Credit Program
  • Next-step program (Gadsden)
  • Computer labs at all campuses

Distance Education Initiatives

DACC is in the process of implementing a formal distance learning process. The following is list of preliminary actions in moving the DACC Distance Learning Initiative forward:

  • The Library and Learning Technology Division was identified as the key group for organizing and managing the Distance Learning initiative.
  • The Technology Resource Center (TRC) was tasked with coordinating Distance Learning.
  • The Director of Strategic Relations, ICT-NMSU, was enlisted to assist with development of faculty training to support distance learning.
  • An additional staff position for the TRC was identified, budgeted and filled to specifically support faculty involved with distance learning.
  • A determination of what courses would be offered and a timetable for implementation was developed.
  • A Distance Education Committee was developed to assess and provide input into the process.
  • An instrument was developed to assess student need for, perception of and technological readiness to participate in distance education. This instrument was distributed to approximately 400 students representing a balanced cross-section of the DACC student population.
  • A website is being developed to support distance education students. Although still under development and review, the “working” portions of the site have been made available to students and faculty.   
  • DACC has become a formal member of the New Mexico Virtual College (NMVC). The NMVC provides a marketing portal for distance courses offered at DACC.

Assessment

There are three proposed tiers to assessment at DACC.  They are:

  1. Developmental Studies Assessment:  Faculty who teach developmental studies courses will develop a set of student learning outcomes for students in developmental studies courses.  An assessment plan will be designed fall 2006.
  2. Career-technical Programs Assessment:  Student Learning Outcomes have been identified for all of the career-technical programs at DACC.  Department Chairs are in the process of designing assessment plans that will begin in fall 2006.
  3. General Education Assessment:  Broad Student Learning Outcomes statements have been written to assess General Education at DACC.  An assessment tools has been created by the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum taskforce for the student learning outcome that addresses communication.  The Math-Across-the-Curriculum taskforce is currently working on an assessment tool for the student learning outcome that addresses math skills.  During summer 2006 a plan will be designed to address the additional student learning outcomes.

Click here for a link to DACC Assessment Documents.