ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs

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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
    (Note: the assessment tool is currently aligned with the 2009 edition of the Guidelines. Look for the updated tool in January 2016.)

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