DMACC Strategic Plan


DMACC provides quality, affordable, student-centered education and training to empower our diverse communities and to serve as a catalyst for economic development.


Improving quality of life, supporting our communities, and cultivating a prosperous Iowa.


Accessible Learning: DMACC provides accessible and affordable life-long learning opportunities.

Diversity & Inclusion: DMACC embraces the differences of individuals, champions mutual respect, and provides enriching environments for growth and understanding.

Quality & Excellence: DMACC delivers high-quality instruction and services utilizing standards of excellence, ethics, and professionalism.

Service: DMACC educates, supports, and provides resources to develop skills and talent for a competitive workforce.

Engagement: DMACC fosters partnerships in and with the communities we serve.



DMACC recently completed the process of developing a new strategic plan that reaffirmed, organized and identified new priorities of the College stemming from its mission, vision and values. 

The process of developing the 2017 strategic plan began by reviewing the 2010-2016 strategic plan and FIRSTS Goals to identify both positive results, unmet goals and ongoing challenges. A gap analysis was conducted to identify key areas of the college that needed to be represented in the strategic planning process. It was determined that a strategic plan closely related to the student life-cycle might be better understood by stakeholders, faculty and staff, and a draft framework of the 2017 strategic plan was created.

The 2017 strategic plan framework was vetted with administrators, faculty and staff at each campus. Five campus forums and other district-wide meetings were conducted by the President, Executive VP of Academic Affairs, and Coordinator for Strategic Initiatives and Planning to share the draft document and to gather input about the new framework. The result of this work was a refined final framework document with college-wide input to direct the next steps of goal setting and metric development. The final framework was also shared with the Board of Directors at the​ir annual retreat to gather their suggestions and ideas.


From August through October of 2016, groups of individuals whose work is directly related to each strategic area met to establish appropriate goals and to determine which metrics best indicate improvement toward each goal. These discussions included development of formative and summative goals to provide measures of short-term progress and long-term success. From these discussions, final goals and metrics were created. The strategic plan scorecard, which includes the metrics and progress toward goals, is available college-wide via Visual Analytics.


Phase 1 – To be completed by July 1, 2016
• Planning/Implementation session with President Denson and Executive VP Linduska [DONE]
• Vet Plan with Cabinet, Joint Deans and District Chairs [DONE]
• Gather Input at Campus Forums and District-wide Meetings [DONE]
• Obtain Board of Directors’ input [DONE]

Phase 2 – To be completed in FY2017
• Schedule brainstorming sessions for each strategic area to develop goal statements [DONE]
• Identify relevant measures/metrics [DONE] 
• Vet final set of strategic goals and metrics district-wide for additional input and revision [DONE]
• Develop scorecard and keep it visible to all [DONE]​
• Final strategic plan approved by Board of Directors [DONE]

Phase 3 - Ongoing
• Continually measure outcomes [currently in progress]​​​
• Set milestones and summarize progress [currently in progress]
• Recognize accomplishments [currently in progress]​​​
• Annual evaluation of strategic plan/Adapt plan as needed​ [currently in progress]​​​​
• COMMUNICATE TO ALL [currently in progress]​​​


​»​ Strategic Plan Update - Volume 2, Issue 1

» ​Strategic Plan Update - Volume 1, Issue 2

​» ​Strategic Plan Update - Volume 1, Issue 1

​» ​Strategic Plan - including Goal Statements and Indicators

» ​Strategic Priorities Forum Inputs


Mini-grants are available for projects and ideas that will advance our strategic plan.  Applications will be scored on the following criterion:

  1. How can the project or idea be implemented district-wide?
  2. How will the mini-grant be used to further DMACC’s strategic plan?
  3. What makes the proposal innovative?
  4. How will DMACC know if this project is successful?

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Carolyn Farlow at 965-7067 or

Strategic Plan Scorecard 
Link is only available on campus or through VPN.​