Assessment Commission

​​​Des Moines Area Community College

The Assessment Commission supports the continuous improvement of teaching and learning at DMACC. The Commission is responsible for promoting best practices, providing meaningful reports on student learning outcomes, and recommending improvements to curriculum and instruction. The Commission was established to ensure that assessment at DMACC is faculty-driven and learner-centered.


The Assessment Commission works on the following:

  • Assessment design
  • Research-based best practices
  • Alignment with learning outcomes
  • DMACC’s Essential Learning Outcomes
  • Assessment data collection and reporting
  • Application of technology to support assessment
  • Institutional policies and procedures related to assessment

Assessment Commission Chair

Andrew Neuendorf
Associate Professor of English and Literature
Phone: 515-964-6270

Assessment Commission Members

Beth Baker-Brodersen- District Chair of Communications/Professor of English, West Campus

Ryan Binney- Culinary Instructor, Newton Campus

Jerry Burns- Program Chair, General Motors-ASEP/Professor of Automotive Technology, Ankeny Campus

Amy Christian- Professor of Business Technology, Carroll Campus

Jessica Cole- Program and District Chair of Criminal Justice/Professor of Criminal Justice, Ankeny Campus

Katherine Dowdell- District Chair of Behavioral Sciences/Professor of Psychology, Ankeny Campus

Carolyn Farlow- Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Ankeny Campus

Jenny Foster- Associate Dean of Industry and Technology, Ankeny Campus

Kari Hensen- Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, Ankeny Campus

Polly Mumma- Librarian/Media Specialist, Urban Campus

Kevin Patterson- Program Chair of Mortuary Sciences/Professor of Mortuary Sciences, Ankeny Campus

Dan Petrak- Professor of Mathematics/Faculty Liaison to Distance Learning, Ankeny Campus

Jen Rathje-​ Academic Advisor, Career Advantage, Ankeny Campus

DMACC Essential Learning Outcomes & Definitions

​Assessment Commission Charter

Assessment Commission Policies​​

5-Year Plan for Assessed Courses

List of Program and District Chairs

DMACC Assessment FAQ


​​CAAP Assessment of General Education


​​​​​ETS Proficiency Profile