How Institutions Use the Guidelines

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 (PDF) 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)
  • 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

TopicCase Study
Laboratory or classroom design
Acquisition or updates of equipment and other resources
Program, curriculum, or course development
Program self-assessment
Enrollment limit
Partnership development
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

5,001-10,000 students

10,001-20,000 students

20,000 students

Case Studies by Type of Community Served*

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



Small City and Urban