ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs

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.

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The 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

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