ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs
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.
Why use the Guidelines?
Based on chemical education research and effective practices, the Guidelines compile all ACS recommendations and policies as they apply to chemistry education in two-year college programs. Although a program may not fulfill all of the guidelines, implementing the recommendations most relevant to its mission and goals will support continued growth and improvement.
The Guidelines can help ensure that an institution’s chemistry course offerings and programs:
- 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
Using the Guidelines
How you implement the Guidelines depends on the unique circumstances of your institution. Here are some resources that can help:
- ACS Self-Study Tool for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs
Use this tool to conduct an internal assessment of chemistry education at your institution in the context of the Guidelines.
- Implementing ACS guidelines at two-year colleges
Learn how the Guidelines have been used at campuses to address a variety of topics.
- Get copies of the Guidelines
Download the Guidelines or request hardcopies from the ACS Office of Two-Year Colleges.
In addition to addressing the unique needs of two-year college programs, the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs incorporate a variety of ACS policies. Learn more below:
- ACS Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures for Bachelor’s Degree Programs
To facilitate student transfer, the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs parallel the ACS Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures for Bachelor’s Degree Programs. You may be interested in both the guidelines and their supplements.
- ACS science education policies
ACS policies address a variety of topics, including the modernization of learning environments, student research, and hands-on laboratory activities.
Tell us how you used the Guidelines, how they helped you, and how they could be improved.