ERIC Number: ED238713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Undergraduate Professional Education in Chemistry: Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures.
American Chemical Society, Washington, DC.
Provided are guidelines for evaluating undergraduate professional education in chemistry. The guidelines summarize an approved program as including: 400 hours of classroom work; 500 hours of laboratory work; a core curriculum covering principles of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry; 1 year of advanced work in chemistry or allied fields; and 1 year of physics. Review of a department's program also includes evaluation of: faculty size; teaching loads (maximum- 15 contact hours per week); examinations, syllabi, and student research reports; faculty composition; faculty's professional activities; library collection (minimum- 20 subscriptions to refereed journals and access to Chemical Abstracts); facilities and equipment; budget and administrative structure; textbooks; and placement of graduates. Principal changes from the previous (1977) edition of these guidelines are increased emphases on computer literacy, information retrieval, self-instruction programs, and basic inorganic chemistry (reflected by the movement of the advanced inorganic course from the category of Advanced Courses to the Core Curriculum). Guidelines related to actions after evaluation and re-evaluation, probation and withdrawal of program approval, appeals of adverse evaluation decisions, and procedures for complaints are also provided. (JN)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Chemical Society, Washington, DC.
Note: Prepared by the Committee on Professional Training.