ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs

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If you are attending the ACS Spring 2016 National Meeting (March 13, 2016) you can learn more about the changes to the Guidelines and what they mean for you. Find out more about the symposium, Two-year guidelines: What's new?

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Based on chemical education research, effective practices, and ACS policies, the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs provide a comprehensive model for chemistry and chemistry-based technology education.  Developed by the Society Committee on Education, they are intended for any two-year program that teaches chemistry or chemistry-based technology, regardless of whether the program leads to a degree.

Cover image of the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs.
Cover image of the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs.

Download 2015 Guidelines

The 2015 Guidelines are designed to meet the needs of two-year chemistry transfer and chemistry-based technlogy programs, as well as two-year institution that teach chemistry without a dedicated program.

  • Case Studies
    This collection of case studies shows how the Guidelines have been implemented at 12 colleges
  • Assessment Tool
    Use this tool to assess chemistry and chemistry-based technology education within the context of the Guidelines

What's new in the 2015 Guidelines?

In 2013-2015, a Society Committee on Education task force used community feedback, input from ACS governance, and information on effective practices to ensure the Guidelines keep pace with the changing two-year landscape.

Over-arching changes to the Guidelines include:

  • Language specifically addressing the needs of the types of chemistry education noted above
  • Integration of safety topics throughout the Guidelines

Other updates address the following:

  • Distance learning
  • Dual enrollment courses
  • Student transfer
  • Student mentoring and advising
  • Critical thinking
  • Career preparation
  • Internships
  • Long-term projects
  • Partnerships

Why use the Guidelines?

Due to the great diversity of two-year college programs, some may not fulfill all of the guidelines. However, implementing the recommendations most relevant to your institution's or program's mission will help you:

  • Align with the institutional mission
  • Meet the needs of a highly diverse student body
  • Support the institution and the community
  • Articulate with programs to which students transfer
  • Compare to programs of recognized quality