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How Pursuit of a Goal Became a Digression: Lessons from the ACS Chemical Technology Program Approval Service. Jodi Wesemann Assistant Director for Higher Education American Chemical Society BIO Community College Program Day May 2, 2010. Lessons.

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Jodi wesemann assistant director for higher education american chemical society

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How Pursuit of a Goal Became a Digression: Lessons from the ACS Chemical Technology Program Approval Service

Jodi Wesemann

Assistant Director for Higher Education

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BIO Community College Program Day

May 2, 2010


Lessons

Lessons

  • Leverage the investments to establish the approval program with resources to maintain and grow it.

  • Focus continuously on increasing participation.

  • Articulate and demonstrate the benefits, to both the participating programs and the beneficiaries.

  • Consider the landscape carefully.

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Landscape

Landscape

  • Existing approval program for bachelor’s degree programs

    • Fosters high-quality education

    • Prepares students for the workforce and graduate school

    • Benefits all students taking chemistry

  • Increasing interest in supporting two-year colleges

    • Improve student transfer

    • Attract diverse range of students

  • Increasing awareness of chemistry-based technology programs

    • Offer degrees

    • Have fairly uniform curriculum

    • Use skill standards

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Timeline

Timeline

1991 – Chemical Technology Program Approval Service established

1993 – Voluntary Industry Standards developed

2000 – NSF-ATE grant received

2000 – Skill standards updated and put on-line with gap analysis tool

2004 – NSF-ATE supplement received

2004 – Critical Issues and Effective Practices Conference held and survey conducted

2006 – Skill standards expanded

2007 – Chemical Technology Program Approval Service reviewed

2009 – Program review process updated

2009 – Chemical Technology Program Approval Service ended

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Criteria for approval

Criteria for Approval

  • Partnership with local/regional industry, academia, workforce organizations, and community

  • Clear mission and goals

  • Adequate equipment, students, and support

  • Work opportunities for students and graduates

  • Growth opportunities for faculty

  • Strong assessment tools

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Benefits of acs approval

Benefits of ACS Approval

Approved chemistry-based technology programs:

  • Improved industrial workforce development

  • Developed process of continuous improvement

  • Enhanced their credibility with financial sources, academic community, and students

  • Obtained national promotion

  • Became part of an instant network of chemistry-based technology programs

  • Coordinated efforts on specific topics

    In a 2008 survey, 100% of approved program coordinators

    • Planned on maintaining approval

    • Recommended ACS approval for qualified programs

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Benefits of acs approval1

Benefits of ACS Approval

ACS:

  • Was considered responsive to two-year college and industry needs

  • Increased involvement of volunteers

  • Developed relationships with coordinators of programs

    In a 2007 program review, concerns were raised

    • Low number of approved programs

      In 2009, the ACS Board of Directors reallocated funds

    • Terminated support for chemical technician education

    • Increased support for two-year college chemistry education

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Assessment

Assessment

Aspects that worked:

  • Self-evaluation process combined with 3rd party evaluation

  • Criteria that accommodated differences across industry

  • Simultaneous development of skill standards and customizable platform

  • Publication of directory of chemistry-based technology programs

  • Compilation and dissemination of effective practices

    Areas for improvement:

  • Time commitment required to apply for approval and renewal

  • Promotion of ACS approval

  • Interest of industry

  • Level of sustained commitment

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Lessons1

Lessons

  • Leverage the investments to establish the approval program with resources to maintain and grow it.

  • Focus continuously on increasing participation.

  • Articulate and demonstrate the benefits, to both the participating programs and the beneficiaries.

  • Consider the landscape carefully.

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Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements

  • Blake J. Aronson, ACS Senior Education Associate

  • NSF-Advanced Technological Education Program

  • Chemical Technology Program Approval Service Members

  • Jack T. Ballinger

  • Roger Bartholomew

  • Nathan Beach

  • Jan Berntson

  • John Clevenger

  • Richard Cobb

  • Edward Fisher

  • Donna Friedman

  • Onofrio Gaglione

  • Harry G. Hajian

  • Gary Hicks

  • Kirk Hunter

  • Glenn Johnson

  • Donald Jones

  • Bill Killian

  • Fritz Kryman

  • Robert J. Maleski

  • Craig Michael

  • Connie Murphy

  • Terri Quenzer

  • Scott Reed

  • Joan Sabourin

  • Jack Spille

  • Tamar Y. Susskind

  • Thomas Whitfield

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Acknowledgements1

Acknowledgements

ACS-Approved Chemistry-Based Technology Programs

  • Brazosport College (Lake Jackson, TX)

  • Community College of Rhode Island (Warwick, RI)

  • County College of Morris (Randolph, NJ)

  • Delaware Technical and Community College (Newark, DE)

  • Delta College (University Center, MI)

  • Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI)

  • Ivy Tech Community College (Lafayette, IN)

  • Lansing Community College (Lansing, MI)

  • Mesa College (San Diego, CA)

  • Miami University, Middletown (Middletown, OH)

  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf (Rochester, NY)

  • New York City College of Technology (Brooklyn, NY)

  • St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley (St. Louis, MO)

  • Southeast Community College (Lincoln, NE)

  • Texas State Technical College, Waco (Waco, TX)

  • University of Cincinnati, College of Applied Sciences (Cincinnati, OH)

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