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Criterion Five: Engagement And Service

Criterion Five Statement

As called for by its mission, the organization identifies its constituencies and serves them in ways both value.

Criterion Five Components

  1. The organization learns from the constituencies it serves and analyzes its capacity to serve their needs and expectations.
  2. The organization has the capacity and the commitment to engage with its identified constituencies and communities.
  3. The organization demonstrates its responsiveness to those constituencies that depend on it for service.
  4. Internal and external constituencies value the services the organization provides.

Board of Regents

The Board of Regents of NMSU is the governing body and sets policy for DACC.  In Article V – Functions/Operating Principles of the Board of Regents – the functions of the board are outlined (ch1. pg 5, NMSU Policy Manual).  Function 1 outlines the Board’s control over the university, of which DACC is a part.  It states that the function of the Board is to exercise control and management over the university and to exercise all other powers, authority, responsibilities, obligations, immunities and duties granted to it by law and the Constitution of New Mexico (see exhibit 4.1a & b).

DACC Advisory Board

The DACC Advisory Board operates through an agreement with the NMSU Board of Regents.  The Board of Regents’ function is to

  • act in the advisory capacity to NMSU Board of Regents
  • approve annual budget and recommend to Board of Regents
  • certify the operating tax levy
  • conduct election for local general obligation bonds

The Advisory Board is composed of two elected persons from each of the three school districts in the service area:  Las Cruces Public Schools, Gadsden Independent School District and Hatch Valley Municipal School District.  The Boards of Education of the Gadsden, Hatch and Las Cruces School Districts must authorize mill levy and bond issue elections for DACC.  They also approve the budget and advise DACC on program needs.  The Board of Regents sets tuition and personnel policies, determines curricula and degrees, and handles all records, funds, receipts, and disbursements for DACC (see exhibit 4.1c).

Advisory Councils

Every career-technical program has an advisory council composed of working professionals in the specific field.  These councils meet at least twice a year and advise on curriculum updates, new programs, etc.

Student Organizations and Clubs

The following is a list of student organizations and clubs at DACC:

Alliance for Minority Participation

American Institute of Architecture Students

Asian Pacific Island Student Association

Cherishing Children

Digital Art Club

Drafting and Graphics Association—DAGA

Facilities Maintenance Technicians Association

Hispanic Student Association

Inspiration of Life

Legal Assistant Program Organization

Kappa Beta Delta (Alpha

Nu Chapter)

March of Dimes

Math Club

National Student Nursing Association

Phi Theta Kappa (Alpha Omega Tau Chapter)

Radiologic Technology Club

Science Club

Semiconductor Manufacturing and Automation Technology

Students in Free Enterprise

Tidy Teeth

Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA)

Water Technology Club




articipation in these student organizations enables students to contribute to the communities in which they live.  These activities support the DACC mission statement by providing students with multiple opportunities to increase their knowledge, skills and to network in the communities in which they live and work. 

Cooperative and Clinical Experiences

Most of the career-technical programs require that students take at least three credits of a cooperative experience.  Typically students are employed at an approved work site, and are then supervised and rated by both the employer and the instructor.  The Health Programs require clinical hours of their students.  For example, a student in the Emergency Medical Services Program is required to fulfill 9 credit hours of paramedic clinical experience.  A student in the Health Care Assistant Program is required to fulfill 4 credit hours of Certified Nursing Assistant clinical experience.  These experiences create a bridge from the classroom to the workplace, as well as facilitate DACC’s connection to the community.