Program Goals and Objectives
Institutions must ensure that infrastructural support is consistent with the program goals and objectives. The chemistry faculty should implement a variety of assessment techniques and tools, providing the necessary data for making informed decisions at the classroom, course, and program levels. These decisions should lead to the implementation of practices that effectively address the needs of the students.
Assessment of teaching and student learning should be an integral part of the institutional mandate. Programs should have established procedures to regularly assess and evaluate their effectiveness with respect to curriculum and pedagogy.12 Institutional research offices often have access to aggregate student data on preparedness, advancement through programs, and subsequent performance at four-year institutions. These offices should provide opportunities to survey students during and after enrollment.
Innovations in Instruction
Ongoing assessment and continuing instructional revision improves student learning and reinforces improvements in curriculum and pedagogy. When new courses and pedagogical initiatives are developed, their effectiveness and value should be assessed. Innovation and experimentation in the educational process, coupled with a strong assessment component, should preserve the vitality of chemistry education.