Since 1970, ACS has maintained guidelines to promote high-quality chemistry education for students in two-year college programs. In 2005, the Society Committee on Education (SOCED) assembled a task force to coordinate the most recent revision and dissemination of the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs.
The goals of the most recent revision were to:
Throughout the revision process, the task force collected input from both the two- and four-year community. The community provided feedback on their current needs, the original Guidelines, the proposed changes to the Guidelines, and the draft revision of the Guidelines. In 2009, the final changes to the Guidelines were approved by SOCED, and the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs were disseminated.
As mentioned, the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs were revised to parallel the ACS Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures for Bachelor’s Degree Programs in language, format, and content. Additionally, supplements and other resources are under development to assist two-year colleges in the implementation of the Guidelines.
The purpose of supplements to the Guidelines is to provide clarification and/or justification for sections of the Guidelines. In 2010, a supplement addressing the needs of chemistry-based technology programs was released. Other supplements and resources will be developed as needed.
The following people served on the SOCED Task Force on the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs for some or all of its 2005-2009 tenure:
Please email ACS Office of Two-Year Colleges or call (800) 227-5558, ext. 6108, with any questions on the Guidelines revision process, comments on the Guidelines or supplements, or suggestions for future supplements or Guidelines revisions.