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Developmental Studies

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide developmental education designed to meet individual educational goals and foster lifelong learning.

By providing rigorous curriculum through interdisciplinary instruction that honors and recognizes the academic and workforce needs of our diverse community of lifelong learners,

  • we are student-centered
  • and we encourage students to become risk-taking and self-motivated learners.
Our developmental courses ascribe to the National Association for Developmental Education's philosophy, which is about
"Helping under-prepared students prepare, prepared students advance, and advanced students excel." (NADE 2001-2006)


General Information

Courses in Developmental Studies at DACC are designed to help students acquire the skills and attitudes necessary for college success.  The program is intended for a range of students:

  • those who wish to enroll at New Mexico State University but are unable to meet NMSU admission standards

  • students who are currently enrolled at NMSU but whose prior performance and/or preliminary assessment scores indicate the need for the development of basic academic skills

  • students who are enrolled in technical-vocational programs at Doña Ana Community College who need skill building

  • and students who want to improve their basic academic skills before taking university-level courses.


Placement in and Completion of Developmental Studies Courses

Developmental Studies includes courses in English, math, reading, language, and study skills.  Please refer to the DACC catalog for specific placement information.