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Case Studies for ACS Guidelines at Two-Year Colleges

How Institutions Used the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs

The ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs were developed to provide a model of excellence for a broad range of programs, goals, and institutional missions. The Use of the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs is a collection of case studies that highlight how individuals have used the Guidelines to strengthen chemistry education at their institutions.

The Guidelines have been used to simultaneously overhaul chemistry education and develop a new biotechnology program (example ), ensure alignment among courses at two- and four-year colleges (example ), and redesign science laboratories (example ). They have been implemented at both small and large institutions in a variety of settings.

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Case Studies by Topic

Topic Case Study
Laboratory or classroom design
  • Cerro Coso Community College, Ridgecrest, CA
  • College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA
  • Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI
  • St. Charles Community College, Cottleville, MO
  • Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ
  • West Shore Community College, Scottville, MI
Acquisition or updates of equipment and other resources
Program, curriculum, or course development
Program self-assessment
Enrollment limit
Partnership development
  • Cerro Coso Community College, Ridgecrest, CA
Faculty policies, hiring, and professional development

Case Studies by Campus Size/Number of Faculty

The size of the campus is denoted by the total Fall 2010 enrollment, as reported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The number of full-time chemistry faculty is for Summer and Fall 2011, as reported by the faculty who provided the content for the case studies.

< 5,000 students
5001-10,000 students
  • Cerro Coso Community College, Ridgecrest, CA
    Full-time chemistry faculty: 1
  • St. Charles Community College, Cottleville, MO
    Full-time chemistry faculty: 3
  • Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ
    Full-time chemistry faculty: 3
10,001-20,000 students
  • College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA
    Full-time chemistry faculty: 5
  • Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Minneapolis, MN
    Full-time chemistry faculty: 4
  • Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL
    Full-time chemistry faculty: 3
  • Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ
    Full-time chemistry faculty: 4
> 20,000 students
  • Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, UT
    Full-time chemistry faculty: 5

Case Studies by Type of Community Served*

*The type of community served is defined according to the U.S. Department of Education’s categories.

Rural
Suburban
  • College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA
  • St. Charles Community College, Cottleville, MO
  • Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL
  • Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ
Small City and Urban

To request hardcopies, provide content for a future case study, or ask questions, please contact the ACS Office of Two-Year Colleges (2YColleges@acs.org; 1-800-227-5558, ext. 6108).

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