Organizer: Anne McCoy (The Ohio State University, USA)
Presider: Anne McCoy (The Ohio State University, USA)
Members of the ACS Committee on Professional Training will present background on the approval process and how it has evolved from its inception in the late 1930s to where it is today. The talks will focus on opportunities and challenges associated with increased flexibility of the curriculum under the 2008 guidelines, and what the approval process could and should look like as we look ahead to the next version of the ACS Guidelines. An important aspect of this symposium is to provide a forum for discussion about opportunities as well as challenges associated with the current guidelines. Areas of focus include: how infrastructure requirements (e.g., contact hours, library resources, faculty size) impact approved programs, programs seeking approval and the ability of programs to educate chemists; and the role of online courses or distance learning. Ample time will be provided for discussion. The Committee welcomes feedback as we begin the process of revising the 2008 Guidelines.