Evidence

Criterion One:

1A The Institution's mission is broadly understood within the institution and guides its operations.

DMACC Mission Statement
The DMACC mission, vision, purposes, strategic goals and values are provided on the public web site.
Mission Statement
They are also included in the student orientation guide and in the Catalog.
Student Orientation Guide
Catalog

DMACC's Mission and Vision were revised over the 2012-13 academic year. A series of Campus Conversations were held by the President, Executive Vice-President and Executive Director-Office of Institutional Effectiveness where inputs were solicited and a college-wide survey was conducted​. The resulting revisions were affirmed by the Board of Directors at their meeting in May 2013.
College Survey Tabulation
Mission Vision Survey Results
Board of Directors Meeting May 2013

DMACC's academic programs, student support services, and enrollment profile are consistent with our stated Mission and Vision.
IPEDS DMACC College Navigator Report
DMACC Catalog
Student Welcome Page
Urban TRIO Program
Upward bound Program
​​​Strive Program
Student Life balance
​D​iversity
D​iversity​ Resources
International Students
Military Friendly School

The faculty run Curriculum Commission is charged with reviewing and recommending approval on all curricular changes for the institution. Program adoption and deletions are consistent with Iowa Code and the Mission and Vision of the college.
2016 Curriculum Commission Activity
2015 Curriculum Commission Activity
2014 Curriculum Commission Activity
2013 Curriculum Commission Activity

Annual review of progress toward achieving the 2016 FIRSTS Goals is conducted by Administration, Deans, Provosts, Department Directors, and the Board of Directors. These goals may be changed or altered to affect the direction of the college as part of the district’s strategic planning process. Though the 2016 FIRSTS goals have not changed as a result of this process, strategies, projects, and short-term goals are created through this process to affect positive progress toward the FIRSTS Goals. The FIRSTS Goals Scorecard provides consistent monitoring of the areas needing improvement.
DMACC’s 2006-16 Strategic Plan and Annual scorecards addressing our FIRSTS Goals.

Action Projects focusing on Helping Students Learn, Meeting Student and Other Key Stakeholder Needs, Planning and Leading, and Knowledge Management and Resource Stewardship.

Processes have been in place for developing the 2017 Strategic Plan. ​The Continuous Improvement Commission has been convened and Departments are developing their initial projects.
Continuous Improvement

DMACC maintains the fiscal, physical and technological infrastructure necessary to support operations and achieve institutional goals. DMACC's total budget is split between seven funds including; general operations, restricted for specific use, auxiliary, agency, scholarship, loan and physical plant funds. The general fund is used to account for the general operations of the college. The organizational units to be financed through the general fund are those generally concerned with the operation and support of the educational programs of the college. The restricted fund accounts for resources that are available for the operation and support of educational programs, but are restricted as to their use by outside agencies or donors. The auxiliary fund accounts for activities primarily intended to provide non-instructional services or sales to students, staff, or departments and are in addition to the educational and general objectives of the college. The agency fund is used to account for assets held by the college as custodian or fiscal agent for others. The scholarship fund accounts for the receipt and disbursement of scholarship awards to students. The loan fund accounts for the receipt and disbursement of funds relating to student loans. The physical plant fund accounts for transactions relating to investment in college properties. The separation and structure of these funds ensures that resources are available for the educational purposes of the college while providing funds for related strategic planning priorities of the college. The Board of Directors approves annual budgets for each fund and monitors fund status each month as part of the regular Board meeting.
Financial Review Feb 2016
DMACC 2016-25 Facilities Strategic Plan
DMACC FY14 Audit Report
DMACC FY15 Audit Report
https://www.dmacc.edu/hr/Policies/5000table.pdf

The Board of Trustees is responsible for approving all Budgets. The Board conducts an annual budgetary workshop each February and approves the annual budget each March. Financial reports are provided monthly to the Board of Trustees
Financial Review Board Meeting February 2016
BUDGET17 Summary Adopted
BUDGET16 Summary Adopted

Annual review of progress toward achieving the 2016 FIRST Goals is conducted by Administration, Deans, Provosts, Department Directors, and the Board of Directors. These goals may be changed or altered to affect the direction of the college as part of the district’s strategic planning process. Though the 2016 FIRST goals have not changed as a result of this process, strategies, projects, and short-term goals are created through this process to affect positive progress toward the FIRST Goals. The FIRST Goals Scorecard provides consistent monitoring of the areas needing improvement. ​


1B The mission is articulated publicly.

DMACC Mission Statement
The DMACC mission, vision, purposes, strategic goals and values are provided on the public web site.

They are also included in the Student Orientation Guide and in the DMACC Catalog.

New Employee Training​ includes a presentation from the President describing the mission of the college.

DMACC lives its Mission and Values in its commitment to serve and support the Community through Continuing Education, DMACC Business Resources, and service learning in the Honors Program and PTK. Additional resources: DMACC Employer Deferred Billing & DMACC Fact Sheet


​1C The institution understands the relationship between its mission and the diversity of society.

DMACC has a Diversity requirement for graduation imbedded in its Degree programs. DMACC Program Requirements Graduation

DMACC chartered its Diversity Commission in February 2007.

Diversity Commission Home Page

DMACC has defined procedures in place for applying and establishing diversity curriculum.

DMACC’s Non-Discrimination Statement is posted on the website and in theStudent Handbook and Catalog.

Non-Discrimination Statement:
Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in employment, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedures. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator may be contacted at 515-964-6857. For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850.(2016)

Title IX Employee Training is a requirement for staff and faculty. Title IX resources are available on the website.
Title IX Brochure
ES4631 Sex Offenses and Offenders
ES4645 Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure

DMACC’s 2016 Annual Report reflects the diversity, Countries Represented by DMACC International Students, Credit Student demographics, and Non-Credit Students.

DMACC's advisory committees and student activities councils discussed in 1P1 and 1P2 are also an important means of assessing stakeholder needs. (1.C1, 1.C2) (System Portfolio Pg 28)​ ​
2017 Advisory List

The Evelyn K. Davis Center of Working Families (CWF) established in 2012 has become a valuable resource for identifying and meeting the needs of the metro Des Moines area. This center is located near the DMACC Urban Campus and is integrated into many social and community development organizations in the Des Moines area. Its mission is to work with individuals and families to improve their financial position and connect them with community resources to achieve their employment and career goals. Client needs can often be met through DMACC programs, but often the CWF clients need additional help to establish resources and stability to successfully address employment and career issues.

The Workforce Training Academy empowers students by offering career education and coaching in a supportive environment that's focused on taking them to the next step in their career. The Academy offers a variety of certificate classes and resources to help individuals prepare for occupations that have been identified as high-growth, high-demand in the DMACC region.

The Teaching and Learning Center
is a resource for all DMACC faculty at all stages of their careers. It organizes events designed to bring together DMACC faculty and other professionals to share expertise, explore innovations, and meet the challenges of teaching and learning in and across disciplines.


1D​ The Institution's mission demonstrates commitment to the public good.

DMACC maintains multiple locations across its 11-county district to ensure responsiveness to all stakeholders. DMACC’s Board of Directors are elected from 9 director districts approved by the Iowa Secretary of State (Figure 1.6). These districts are redrawn after each census to account for shifts in population. Figure 1.7 shows campus locations along with county populations. (2016 DMACC Systems Portfolio, pg. 29.)

The Board of Trustees is responsible for approving all Budgets. The Board conducts an annual budgetary workshop each February and approves the annual budget each March. Financial reports are provided monthly to the Board of Trustees: July 2015 - Sept 2015 - Oct 2015 - ​Nov 2015 - Dec 2015 - Feb 2016 - March 2016 - March 24, 2016 - April 2016 - May 2016 - June 2016 - July 2016

Financial Review Board Meeting February 2016
BUDGET17 Summary Adopted
BUDGET16 Summary Adopted

Annual review of progress toward achieving the 2016 FIRSTS Goals is conducted by Administration, Deans, Provosts, Department Directors, and the Board of Directors. These goals may be changed or altered to affect the direction of the college as part of the district's strategic planning process. Though the 2016 FIRSTS goals have not changed as a result of this process, strategies, projects, and short-term goals are created through this process to affect positive progress toward the FIRSTS Goals. The FIRSTS Goals Scorecard provides consistent monitoring of the areas needing improvement.
Strategic Plan 2006-16

DMACC engages with its identified external constituencies and communities of interest and responds to their needs as its mission and capacity allow. ​
Evelyn K Davis Center
Continuing Education
DMACC Business Resources
DMACC Fact Sheet ​​
High School Students
Career Advantage Special Programs
High School Counselor Resources
DMACC Southridge Center and Southridge Center Career Academy
DMACC Perry Center​
Ames Hunziker Center and ISU Partner

The FFA Enrichment Center facility, dedicated to helping new generations of Iowans prepare for exciting careers in agriculture, is located on the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Ankeny Campus. Besides being designed to be primarily for the FFA and Iowa Agricultural Education community, the center provides learning opportunities for more than 12,000 Iowa FFA members and DMACC students enrolled in the Veterinary Technologies and Agribusiness programs.
Ankeny FFA

Opening in Early 2017 the Trail Point Aquatics & Wellness Center (open to the public for memberships) is available to all DMACC Students and free to DMACC students taking at least six credits a semester.

DMACC maintains in excess of forty articulation agreements with colleges and universities in the state of Iowa. A sample is provided.
DMACC-Iowa State University
DMACC-Upper Iowa
DMACC-Simpson
DMACC-Clarkson
DMACC-Drake

DMACC's Advisory Committees are an integral component of maintaining quality student centered education and training. Meetings are held throughout the year, and all programming changes are required to be approved by their Advisory Board.
Sample Minutes: ​Advanced Manufacturing 2011 - Accounting 2012 - Administrative Assistant 2013 - Business Administration 2014 - Fire Science 2015 - Robotics Electrical Engineering Technology 2016

DMACC provides family focused events and camps for children throughout the year.
Ankeny Kids Camps - Animation Camp - Things That Fly Camp​ - Latino Family Night

In alignment with the Mission of providing quality student-centered education and training DMACC committed to increasing and maintaining full-time faculty resources over the past ten years.​ ​
Faculty Staff Census


Criterion Two:

2A The Institution operates with integrity in its financial, academic, personnel, and auxiliary functions; it established and follows fair and ethical policies and processes for its governing board, administration, faculty, and staff.

The college provides clear guidelines for ensuring the ethical practices of all employees. Expectations of ethical practice by the Board of Directors and DMACC employees are formalized in College Policies and Procedures and are incorporated into employee orientation processes. Policies regarding board and employee ethical practices are:

Board Policies

College Policies

College Procedures ​​​​

DMACC uses Ethics Point Web Services to provide a simple, risk-free way for employees and others to anonymously and confidentially report activities that may involve inappropriate behavior in violation of college policies. The Hotline will accept, via telephone or Internet, reports regarding financial, risk or safety, or informational technology issues. The Hotline does not replace or supersede existing reporting methods including formal complaint or grievance procedures.

DMACC maintains the fiscal, physical and technological infrastructure necessary to support operations and achieve institutional goals. Fiscal infrastructure includes the use of standard accounting practices and multiple funds to support various purposes of the college.
DMACC FY15 Audit Report
DMACC FY14 Audit Report

DMACC has four standing commissions: Academic Standards Commission, Curriculum Commission, Diversity Commission and the Continuous Improvement Commission. Membership on these standing commissions has representation from faculty, campuses, student services, students, administrative staff as well as administrative leadership ensuring that there is broad involvement in setting policies and processes through effective structures for contribution and collaborative effort. ​

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in employment, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedures. ​​

The Catalog Policies and Procedures provides resources for student grievances and general complaints.


​2B The Institution presents itself clearly and completely to its students and to the public with regard to its programs, requirements, faculty and staff, costs to students, control, and accreditation relationships.

DMACC Web Resources:

In addition on-campus Student Orientations are conducted prior to each semester. DMACC also actively uses and monitors Facebook​​, twitter and other social media to provide information and be responsive to feedback.​​​

DMACC conducts student surveys to monitor effectiveness of their clarity and services and uses the data to improve as necessary:
ACT Student Survey Comparison to Past Data and Norms

​DMACC acquires and maintains specialized accreditation for programs of study as appropriate to its educational purpose. There are currently twenty-four programs that are externally accredited. Accreditation information for each of the programs is provided on their websites. ​Some samples provided: ​Auto Mechanics Technology​ - Nursing Programs - Culinary Arts Programs

DMACC's HLC Accreditation Information​is posted on the website.

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act is designed to make prospective students aware of DMACC’s commitment to providing equitable athletic opportunities for its men and women students. The full Equity in Athletics Report is available by selecting the link below.
Equity in Athletics Disclosure

DMACC is a Service Members Opportunity College (SOC) where career, degree and diploma programs are approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) for VA educational benefits. Monthly benefit rates are set by Congress and the DVA and vary according to students' benefits categories and credit hour enrollment for each term.
» For More Information


​2C The governing board of the Institution is sufficiently autonomous to make decisions in the best interest of the institution and to assure its integrity.

Iowa Code IAC [281] 24.1 (260C) establishes a purpose for accreditation of Community Colleges in the State. By virtue of election processes the governing board is elected and representative of the district from which elected. There are nine districts represented on the DMACC Board of Directors. Membership terms are four years. Compliant with the Iowa Open Meeting Laws, in general - all meetings are published and open to public.
Iowa Administrative Code IAC 281-24.1(260C) Purpose and IAC 281-24.2(260C) Scope 08-17-2016

Board Of Directors, Board Policies, Meeting Dates, Agendas, Payables
Board of Directors Website
Board Members and Committees

Board Policies

Board Minutes Previous Year


2D The Institution is committed to freedom of expression and the pursuit of truth in teaching and learning.

DMACC offers each student the freedom to learn and the freedom to enjoy community college life in an orderly and lawful manner. In return, DMACC expects every student to assume the obligation and responsibilities that accompany those freedoms. DMACC publicizes ​Freedom of Expression in the pursuit of truth in teaching and learning through Campus Communication e-mails sent to all Faculty, Staff, and Students and posted in the website.

The DMACC Student Rights posted on the website outlines basic rights and expectations of DMACC students which encourages an atmosphere of common respect and courtesy.

DMACC Institutional Policies & Procedures: The following are URL links to DMACC policies and procedures concerning:

As the basic rights and responsibilities for students are posted on the web, the DMACC Faculty Handbook provides the rights and expectations of Faculty.

Collective Bargaining Agreements (posted on the Human Resources website as well as in the Faculty Handbook) between DMACCHEA and DMACC provide Faculty with procedures on Grievances and Resolution.

Under Contracts, Compensation & Benefits in the Faculty Handbook

Under the Classroom Policies, Procedures, & Guidelines the following are posted:

​In addition, Board Policy 4003 addresses Academic Freedom of College instructors and administrators.


2E The Institution's policies and procedures call for responsible acquisition, discovery and application of knowledge by its faculty, students, and staff.

Enforcement processes for Academic Misconduct, Student conduct and Judicial Hearing Process flowcharts are provided to students on the Student Conduct website.

The College Judicial Hearing Board is described and procedures are provided under Student Conduct page on the DMACC website.

Information about Academic integrity is posted on the website.

DMACC Policy requires DMACC students, faculty, and staff to respect and acknowledge the works of others and to act responsibly and lawfully in the use of such materials.​ Information is posted on the Library website and in the Catalog.
Academic Misconduct
DMACC Copyright Policy
Peer-to-Peer File Sharing ​​

​DMACC's Teaching & Learning Center promotes programs and activities that support acquisition of knowledge. ​

DMACC provides professional leave and faculty sabbatical leave for employees the opportunity to acquire job related skills that will benefit the College through additional training or education.
HR Policy 3740 Professional Leave
HR Policy 3745 Faculty Sabbatical Leave

The Judicial Officer provides leadership in upholding the processes and procedures for misconduct of students. All disciplinary decisions and actions are placed in the student's disciplinary file are maintained by the Judicial Officer. Disciplinary actions are part of the education records of the student, and consequently, are not available for public disclosure or discussion as they are protected by a federal law called the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The College will not disclose information outside the College relating to the student's disciplinary record, except as allowed by law, if prior written permission from the student has not been received.

DMACC's FERPA Policy and Procedures.

The Faculty Handbook provides resources for faculty in supporting students in the ethical use of information resources. In addition faculty performance and evaluation procedures are documented.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews all project involving Animals to ensure that they are justified by their benefits and minimize any animal pain or suffering that might occur. This includes research, teaching, and display of animals.

DMACC IRB reviews all human research proposals from faculty, students, and external researchers.


Criterion Three:

3A The Institution's degree programs are appropriate to higher education.

DMACC offers adult and continuing education, career and technical education, and college parallel education through Associate of Arts (AA) degrees, Associate of Science (AS) degrees, Associate of General Studies (AGS) degrees, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. All awards comply with or exceed the requirements stated the Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) 281-21.2(9).
DMACC Catalog
Programs Available 2016-17

Advisory Boards comprised of relevant business and industry professionals are in place for all programs and meet on annual basis to ensure currency and relevancy. All Programs are under faculty Program Chairs and are reviewed on a 5-year rotating cycle.​

Sample Program Evaluations:

Sample Advisory Minutes: ​Advanced Manufacturing 2011 - Accounting 2012 - Administrative Assistant 2013 - Business Administration 2014 - Fire Science 2015 - Robotics Electrical Engineering Technology 2016

DMACC has four standing commissions, two of which focus on higher education curriculum and policies. The Academic Standards Commission focuses on establishing academic policies and regulations. The Curriculum Commission focuses on community college level curricula that meet state requirements and DMACC rigor. The Curriculum Commission approves all programs and courses pre & co-requisites. All programs are approved by the Iowa Department of Education. All courses adhere to statewide common course numbering requirements. All courses taught by DMACC adhere to established course competencies despite delivery methods or instructors. All Course and Course Competencies are posted on the DMACC website.

Faculty Liaisons in Distance Learning work with faculty to add quality to online courses, assist with the delivery of online professional development and create best practices in online learning. There are five Faculty Liaisons each assigned to a discipline group: History/Political Science, Math/Science, Business/Economics/Accounting, English/Literature,​ and Psychology/Sociology. BlackBoard Communities allow for adjunct and full-time faculty to collaborate​.
Online Teaching Faculty Resources
On-Line Learning Faculty FAQ's
BlackBoard Communities Fall Term 2016


​3B The Institution demonstrates that the exercise of intellectual inquiry and the acquisition, application, and integration of broad learning and skills are integral to its educational programs.

DMACC has common learning objectives that are core to the base of learning at the college. They are posted in the Catalog under General Education.

In 2015 the District Chairs convened a workgroup five liberal arts faculty to look at the standing general education competencies for the college. The focus was to ensure that DMACC continues to prepare students to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The resulting ELO Essential Learning Outcome & Glossary (ELOs) have been vetted and approved by the District Chairs and the Deans and Provosts.

To complete the adoption of the Essential Learning Objectives, the Learning Outcomes Alignment project proposal has been approved by the Continuous Improvement Commission. The project goals are to align all college courses to the new ELOs, develop an assessment framework, and integrate it across all curriculum.

​ DMACC conducts assessment of the general education competencies through cyclical testing of students. In 2015 DMACC switched from CAAP assessments to the ETS Proficiency Profile. The CAAP data are posted in the annual FIRST Scorecard and Data reports, the most current ETS results are posted below:

DMACC's Career Advantage (dual credit) programming has been accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships NACEP since 2010 and conducts regular assessment of the program.

Assessment and benchmarking data are provided to the Board annually in the FIRST Scorecard and Data reports:

Board Policies Section 4000 – Academic and Student Affairs support human and cultural diversity in the world in which students live and work as established by Iowa law for community colleges in all education offered at DMACC.

All DMACC programs of study have established Program Competencies that are monitored and maintained by the Program Chairs and their Advisory Boards. Program Evaluations conducted every five years re-affirm that program courses align with the Program competencies. All DMACC courses have published ​course competencies that are available on the CurricUNET​ website. All courses offered provide continuity in learning objectives across all delivery modalities and campuses.

DMACC is committed to meeting the needs of a diverse society. In 2008 DMACC was named the winner of the Greater Des Moines Partnership Diversity Award.

DMACC established a Diversity Commission whose chartered Mission and Vision reflect a commitment to prepare the DMACC community to live, learn, and work together in a global society.

To complete an AA or AS degree students must complete a three credit diversity requirement.


3C The Institution has the faculty and staff needed for effective, high-quality programs and student services.

DMACC has a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Higher Education Association (HEA) which address the roles and responsibilities of faculty outside of the classroom.

The Faculty Handbook provides procedures, practices, policies, and web links for ready access for faculty.

Performance Evaluation Guidelines procedures are in place conducting and monitoring performance in the classroom.
HR Policy 3225 Performance Evaluation
HR Policy 3230 Performance Evaluation Adjuncts

All Instructors who teach for DMACC are appropriately qualified, including those who teach dual credit courses in alignment with Iowa Code. Basic qualifying criteria is posted on the website and an evaluation template is used for individual evaluation. Updated criteria in alignment with the HLC best practices is scheduled for implementation in Fall 2017.
Current Instructor Qualifications
IA Dept of ED Faculty Quals & Accred Guideline (rev. Sept 2016)

​The Teaching & Learning Center, led by a full-time Director who is a faculty member, is a resource for all DMACC faculty at all stages of their careers. It organizes events designed to bring together DMACC faculty and other professionals to share expertise, explore innovations, and meet the challenges of teaching and learning in and across disciplines.

Six and a half days of new faculty orientation is conducted over the course of a school year: 2.5 days prior to the school start, 2 days in the first semester, and 2 additional days in the second semester. Mentors are included in the 4 afternoon trainings during the academic year.
NFO Nov 2014
NFO April 3, 2015
NFO Feb 6, 2015
NFO Sept 15
NFO Feb 2016
NFO April 2016
NFO Sept 2016
Mentor Training Feb 2014
Mentor Training Nov 2014
Mentor Training Sept 2015
Mentor Training Session 2
Mentor Training Nov 2015
Mentor Training Sept 2016

Four President's days each academic year are dedicated to Professional Development and district-wide meetings. In Spring 2016 President's Day was used to celebrate DMACC's 50th Anniversary by conducting a day of service for all DMACC employees who packaged 214,704 Meals For The Heartland.
President's Day Fall 2014
President's Day Spring 2015
President's Day Spring 2015 Fac Dev
President's Day Fall 2015
President's Day Fall 2015 Fac Dev
President's Day Spring 2016
President's Day Spring 2016 Fac Dev
President's Day Fall 2016
President's Day Fall 2016 Fac Dev
President's Day Fall 2016 Room Assignments

Quality Faculty Plan - Human Resources Procedures are in place and published for professional development for faculty. In accordance with the requirements set forth in Iowa Code Chapter 260C.

The Load Committee is a standing committee comprised of equal representation from the DMACC Higher Education Association and the Administration. Membership is comprised of three members representing each area. The Faculty Load Policy establishes a standard workload that is equitable and uniform for teaching faculty in all capacities at the Institution.
Faculty ECH Load Policy

Every section of every course should have a Course Syllabus developed by the instructor of record. These should be distributed to the students during the first week of class. A copy should also be on file in the dean's/provost's office. The templates have been approved by the Academic Standards Commission and contain:
1. Behaviors considered unacceptable
2. Hours of work typically required outside of class
3. Teaching methods to be used
4. Assessment and grading
5. Attendance policies and expectations of class participation
6. Procedures governing missed exams or make-up assignments
7. Description of major assignments and when they are due
8. Procedures for contacting the instructor outside of class: office hours, phone number, &/or email address
9. Include an Americans with Disabilities Act compliance statement

The Academic Achievement Center provides students the place for extra help with specific class assignments or general help with foundation skills.
Ankeny Academic Achievement
Ankeny Tutoring
Boone Academic Achievement & Tutoring
Carroll Academic Achievement & Tutoring
Newton Academic Achievement & Tutoring
Urban Academic Achievement & Tutoring
West Academic Achievement & Tutoring

DMACC Conducts Personal Assessment of the College Environment (PACE) surveys every three years to monitor Faculty and Staff perceptions of the institutional environment and focus initiatives to improve identified weaknesses. The most recent survey was conducted in April 2014.

In addition DMACC uses the ACT Student Satisfaction Survey results to gain a comprehensive picture of the institutional environment.
ACT Student Survey Comparison to Past Data and Norms

DMACC processes provide for faculty District and Program Chairs who work with Deans and Provosts to provide adjunct faculty resources. In Liberal Arts & Sciences each campus maintains discipline specific faculty Group Leaders who work closely with the District Chair and Deans/Provosts and Human Resources to maintain qualified adjunct instructor resources and fill scheduled classes. Each Dean/Provost provides discipline oversight and Human Resources provides qualification oversight. All faculty both full-time and adjunct must meet minimum qualifications and are vetted by Human Resources before employment is offered.​

Every Semester DMACC's Teaching & Learning Center offers unique training for DMACC's adjunct faculty.
Adjunct Professional Growth Program (APG)

DMACC is partnering with the University of Northern Iowa's Education Department on the Teacher Work Sample Program (TWS). Teacher Work Sample Training is a professional training opportunity available at DMACC. TWS is a standards based framework for teaching and learning that is guided by prompts and rubrics. Adjuncts are paid for both workshops, and FT faulty earn 15 TI Units of Professional Development.


3D The Institution provides support for student learning and effective teaching.

To ensure that the institution provides student support services in alignment with academic, the Executive Dean of Student Services reports directly to the Executive ​​​Vice President of Academic Affairs.​

The Action Project Early Alert Referral EAR Program Phase One and Two were initiated to focus on designing and implementing a voluntary referral/support system for students identified as high risk in their academic persistence. The EAR is a proactive advising management system that connects students to appropriate support services e.g. academic advisors, counselors, financial aid specialists, Academic Achievement Center resources. Faculty are the primary referral resource for this initiative.

In addition to retention, persistence and graduation data (reported in the FIRST Scorecards and Data), DMACC monitors the ACT Student Satisfaction Survey and PACE results to gain a comprehensive picture of perception of the effectiveness of the institutional environment.

The Faculty Handbook provides resources for faculty in supporting students in the ethical use of information resources. In addition faculty performance and evaluation procedures are documented.

DMACC provides the infrastructure and resources necessary to support effective teaching and learning. Student Resources​ - Learn to Cite - Honors Program - Disability Services - Upward Bound - TRIO - Veterans Services - Military Friendly School - Library

The Academic Achievement Centerlocated on each campus. Instructors will diagnose academic skill levels, establish individual programs of study, and assist in the learning process.

DMACC instituted the Mandatory Placement Action Project focused on improving student success in 2013. As a result of this initiative mandatory placement of students into SDV108 is now a requirement. Program Core Requirements & SDV108

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews all project involving Animals to ensure that they are justified by their benefits and minimize any animal pain or suffering that might occur. This includes research, teaching, and display of animals.

DMACC IRB reviews all human research proposals from faculty, students, and external researchers.


3E The Institution fulfills the claims it makes for an enriched educational environment.

The DMACC Bulletin is published every two weeks. Articles feature activities throughout DMACC and the Community on a regular basis.

DMACC offers co-curricular resources and programs to all students suited to the institution's mission and contributing to their educational experience, such as student life and campus clubs.

DMACC's Honors Program Mission Statement is to provide quality, student centered education and opportunities for leadership, service, and research that challenge and stimulate students with high academic standards.

Co-curricular programs are suited to the institution's mission and contribute to the educational experience of its students. DMACC Bears Athletics - Campus Recreation - Service Learning - Student Activities Office - Student Activities Council


Criterion Four:​

​4A The Institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its education programs

DMACC complies with Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 281,24.5(4) Program Evaluations. Program Evaluations are conducted every five years and re-affirm that program courses align with the Program competencies. Iowa Administrative Code
Iowa Code IAC Chapter 281.24

​All DMACC programs of study have established Program Competencies that are monitored and maintained by the Program Chairs and their Advisory Boards.
​Sample Program Evaluations:

All DMACC courses have published course competencies that are available on the CurricUNET website. All courses offered provide continuity in learning objectives across all delivery modalities and campuses. All courses and program curricular changes are approved by program Chairs, Academic Deans, Curriculum Commission, Chief Academic Officer, and vocational/technical program changes are approved by the Iowa Department of Education.

DMACC has established procedures in place for assisting students with the evaluation and transfer of credits into the college.

Likewise course equivalency guides and articulation agreements are provided as a service by the Counseling and Advising. The agreements are meant to serve as a guide for DMACC students in preparation for transfer from DMACC to another academic institution. Students are provided direct links to the Colleges/Universities and course equivalency guides for multiple institutions that are common recipient of DMACC students.

DMACC collaborates with state-wide Transfer I​n Iowa initiative. Iowa's three Regent universities and fifteen community colleges have joined to create this Web site dedicated to a seamless transfer experience.

The institution has policies that assure the quality of the credit it accepts in transfer.

DMACC is proud to partner with Iowa State University through the Admissions Partnership Program​ (APP). This program allows students to begin their academic career at one of DMACC's six campuses prior to transferring to Iowa State. ​

DMACC has established policies and procedures for granting Alternative Credit (Educational Services Procedures ES4544) for prior learning.

DMACC acquires and maintains specialized accreditation for programs of study as appropriate to its educational purpose.
NACEP Career Advantage Survey

DMACC tracks and monitors graduation and transfer data at the student level and the program level. Student Outcomes information is provided on the Consumer Information page.

Program graduates are tracked for work, transfer and industry involvement through graduation survey on an annual basis through the Career Center Graduate Status Reports, and monitored by Deans and Program Chairs in the program evaluation process.


​4B The Institution demonstrates a commitment to educational achievement and improvement through ongoing assessment of student learning.

DMACC has common learning objectives that are core to the base of learning at the college. They are posted in the Catalog under General Education.

DMACC conducts assessment of the general education competencies through cyclical testing of students. In 2015 DMACC switched from CAAP assessments to the ETS Proficiency Profile.

CAAP Assessment

ETS Assessment

The Director of Assessment engages faculty and deans in assessment of student learning through the collection of data using established course and program learning objectives. Annual reports are provided and available on the Assessment website.

DMACC's General Education Competencies

Assessment at DMACC

Annual Assessment Reports

​DMACC has conducted multiple initiatives focused on improving student learning from the insights gained through assessment. Several of these became Action Projects.

The Math Placement Pilot evolved into a process now part of the admissions requirements. "Any new full-time student (12 credit hours or more Fall & Spring semesters, 8 credit hours or more summer term) must now take ALEKS, along with COMPASS reading and writing, as part of the admissions requirements".ALEKS Math Placement


4C The Institution demonstrates a commitment to educational improvement through ongoing attention to retention, persistence, and completion rates in its degree and certificate programs.

DMACC continues to focus on studying and supporting student success and completion. Retention, persistence, and completion rates are monitored at the institution level, program level and course level as well as benchmarked through the NCCBP. Data tracking is provided annually in the FIRSTS Scorecard.

The data are used to focus on a variety of initiatives that support students. Discussions are held at regular Senior Administration meetings, Deans/Provost meetings, faculty and department meetings, and CLIC/LINC meetings and dinners. Retention, persistence, and completion data are presented to the faculty and staff at professional development days that are conducted four times yearly. In 2015 DMACC instituted a common hour(12-1PM) several days per week where no classes are scheduled. This allows regular time during the week for students/faculty meetings.

Many initiatives that cross disciplines and departments turn into Action Projects. All align with both the 2006-16 Strategic Plan and the 2017 Strategic Plan. ​

The Completion Task Force (representation district wide) identifies and implements projects related to improved persistence, retention and completion. In addition to the action projects, the Task Force has created a new student portal.
myDMACC Portal

Institutional data are accessed by faculty and staff through two primary sources. Reports and data sets are available through the Ellucian Banner software. Banner support specialists and programmers are responsible for developing and maintaining these resources according to the needs of departments they are assigned to. Also, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness utilizes SAS Business Intelligence and Visual Analytics (VA) to support district-wide data usage for faculty, Departments, Deans, Campuses and Senior Administration inquiry and quality monitoring. Data are reported through regularly scheduled emails as well as available 24/7 on the VA website. The VA website is available to all faculty and staff at DMACC while on campus. By nature of the data resources accessible, it is a secured access. Samples of some of the regularly scheduled data push outs are provided below:

​​Process change Email for PIT Reports 20160516

Sample Reports:​


Criterion Five:​

5A The Institution's resource base supports its current educational programs and its plans for maintaining and strengthening their quality in the future.​

DMACC maintains the fiscal, physical and technological infrastructure necessary to support operations and achieve institutional goals. Fiscal infrastructure includes the use of standard accounting practices and multiple funds to support various purposes of the college. DMACC’s total budget is split between seven funds including; general operations, restricted for specific use, auxiliary, agency, scholarship, loan and physical plant funds. The general fund is used to account for the general operations of the college. The organizational units to be financed through the general fund are those generally concerned with the operation and support of the educational programs of the college. The restricted fund accounts for resources that are available for the operation and support of educational programs, but are restricted as to their use by outside agencies or donors. The auxiliary fund accounts for activities primarily intended to provide non-instructional services or sales to students, staff, or departments and are in addition to the educational and general objectives of the college. The agency fund is used to account for assets held by the college as custodian or fiscal agent for others. The scholarship fund accounts for the receipt and disbursement of scholarship awards to students. The loan fund accounts for the receipt and disbursement of funds relating to student loans. The physical plant fund accounts for transactions relating to investment in college properties. The separation and structure of these funds ensures that resources are available for the educational purposes of the college while providing funds for related strategic planning priorities of the college. The Board of Directors approves annual budgets for each fund and monitors fund status each month as part of the regular Board meeting.​
DMACC FY14 Audit Report
DMACC FY15 Audit Report
BUDGET16 Summary Adopted
BUDGET17 Summary Adopted
Financial Review February 2016
Business Services Board​​ Policies

​DMACC is an equal opportunity employer and has well established policies and procedures in place to ensure that staff in all areas are well qualified and trained.

DMACC Human Resources Procedures Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action

Faculty Standards meet the requirements established through Iowa law and are posted on the website

DMACC Board Policy 3006 Screening Committees

Employees receive orientation to the college and professional development processes include faculty, administrative/professional and support services.

DMACC Human Resources Procedures New Employee Orientation

The Quality Faculty Plan (QFP) ensures faculty standards and professional development around seven minimum competencies.

The Teaching and Learning Center under the direction of a full-time faculty member promotes teaching excellence and provides faculty resources for additional training, grant resources, and collaboration with colleagues.

​Non-faculty professional development is part of the performance evaluation process and professional development opportunities are supported by the College.
DMACC Human Resources Procedures Professional Leave
DMACC Business Services Procedures Conference & Meeting Leave

A ten-year facilities plan describes current and future needs of the college. Physical plant operations are directed by the Vice President for Business Services and the Executive Director of Physical Plant. The Associate Executive Director of Physical Plant oversees campus safety, emergency management and energy conservation. The Board of Directors oversees physical plant budgeting including the bidding process, acceptance of bids and approval of all major construction or remodeling projects. Goals for the fiscal, physical plant and technology areas of the college are aligned with the mission of the college through the coordination of the strategic, operational and physical plant plans. Initial and continuing alignment is ensured by representation on the President's Cabinet of the CAO, CFO, Controller, Executive Director of Information Technology and the Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness and AQIP Liaison.
Financial Review Feb 2016
DMACC 2016-25 Facilities Strategic Plan

Physical plant and technology needs of the college are largely met through two 10-year property tax levies. These levies were overwhelmingly approved in 2013 and will be in effect until 2023. The approximately $3M in revenue generated by these levies each year is shared with physical plant and instruction. The VP for Business Services, Executive Director of IT and CAO make final decisions regarding how these revenues will be split between physical plant, instructional and technological needs according to the needs of the facilities and strategic planning.

5B The Institution's governance and administrative structures promote effective leadership and support collaborative processes that enable the institution to fulfill its mission.​​

The President conducts weekly meetings with DMACC Cabinet to communicate and monitor all strategic initiatives and activities of the District. Representation on Cabinet encompasses the Executive Dean of Student Services, CAO, Controller, VP Business Services, Exec. Director Information Solutions, Director Grants & Contracts, Director Marketing, Board Secretary, Exec. Director Institutional Effectiveness, Exec. Director Human Resources, Exec. Director Physical Plant, Exec. Director DMACC Business Resources, Exec. Director Continuing Ed.

Board Of Directors, Board Policies, Meeting Dates, Agendas, Payables

The DMACC Board of Directors aligns with the State of Iowa laws and are elected officials representing all Districts in the DMACC district area. The Board of Directors approves the annual budget and capital expenditures of the college.

Board Policies:

Standing Commissions

DMACC has four standing commissions: Academic Standards Commission, Curriculum Commission, Diversity Commission and the Continuous Improvement Commission. Membership on these standing commissions has representation from faculty, campuses, student services, students, administrative staff as well as administrative leadership ensuring that there is broad involvement in setting policies and processes through effective structures for contribution and collaborative effort. ​

There are two labor/management groups: DMACC Educational Services Association (ESA) and the DMACC Higher Education Association (HEA) whose membership are comprised of executive leadership of the college and the unions. They meet monthly to discuss issues of mutual importance. No minutes are taken, so discussion can be open.
Collective Bargaining Agreements

The district-wide discipline faculty chairs meet monthly with the Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs to discuss issues of faculty importance.​
District Chair Meeting Minutes Jan 21 2016
District Chair Meeting Minutes Feb 11 2016
District Chair Meeting Minutes Sept 8 2016


5C The Institution engages in systematic and integrated planning.

DMACC has used the feedback from the 2014 Systems Portfolio to catapult a three phased district-wide initiative to update the strategic plan for 2017 and imbed the processes in the culture of the college.

A Continuous Improvement Commission was chartered and is charged with growing the culture of improvement by through a process that will provide structure, support and accountability across the college through direction and oversight to the process and ensuring all projects align with DMACC’s Strategic Plan.

​The President conducts weekly meetings with DMACC Cabinet to communicate and monitor all strategic initiatives and activities of the District. Representation on Cabinet encompasses the Executive Dean of Student Services, CAO, Controller, VP Business Services, Exec. Director Information Solutions, Director Grants & Contracts, Director Marketing, Board Secretary, Exec. Director Institutional Effectiveness, Exec. Director Human Resources, Exec. Director Physical Plant, Exec. Director DMACC Business Resources, Exec. Director Continuing Ed.

A ten-year facilities plan describes current and future needs of the college. Physical plant operations are directed by the Vice President for Business Services and the Executive Director of Physical Plant. The Associate Executive Director of Physical Plant oversees campus safety, emergency management and energy conservation. The Board of Directors oversees physical plant budgeting including the bidding process, acceptance of bids and approval of all major construction or remodeling projects. Goals for the fiscal, physical plant and technology areas of the college are aligned with the mission of the college through the coordination of the strategic, operational and physical plant plans. Initial and continuing alignment is ensured by representation on the President's Cabinet of the CAO, CFO, Controller, Executive Director of Information Technology and the Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness and AQIP Liaison.
Financial Review Feb 2016
DMACC 2016-25 Facilities Strategic Plan
Physical plant and technology needs of the college are largely met through two 10-year property tax levies. These levies were overwhelmingly approved in 2013 and will be in effect until 2023. The approximately $3M in revenue generated by these levies each year is shared with physical plant and instruction. The VP for Business Services, Executive Director of IT and CAO make final decisions regarding how these revenues will be split between physical plant, instructional and technological needs according to the needs of the facilities and strategic planning.​


5D The Institution​ works systematically to improve its performance.

Feedback received from the 2014 Systems Portfolio provided DMACC the opportunity to align the 2017 strategic plan and CQI initiatives at the institution. The AQIP Strategy Forum DMACC participated in provided the opportunity to focus the development of a process to readdress and reformulate the new strategic plan, align CQI initiatives to it, and expand measurable planning and improvements to administrative departments within the college.

The Action Project: Expanding Access & Usage of Data was successful in supporting the Office of Institutional Effectiveness with the ability to further develop data resources, awareness, and expansion for faculty and staff across the college. While the initial Action Project retired in 2015, processes were put in place to provide on-going training across departments and campuses as well as individually in the Visual Analytics resource. Usage and ease of access, as well as additional data reporting needs is tracked. Additional standard reports are developed through monitoring requests/demand. All reports are designed to allow consumers to customize to their needs for campus, location, time, program, and course.

DMACC assessment of student learning processes provide resources for faculty to capture common assessment data of district-wide courses and use the aggregated results longitudinally to assess the quality of learning, engage discipline faculty in best practices, and improve curriculum. The SAS Visual Analytics portal provides faculty with confidential individual section data as well as aggregated comparative data for all assessments captured. Data are used for annual reporting on the Annual Course Assessment Summaries.