THE ACS REFORM OF INTRODUCTORY SCIENCE
NON-SCIENCE MAJORS PROGRAM
Project Mission and Purpose
initiative's mission is to:
- Increase the visibility and to sharpen the focus on issues in science
education across the sixteen ACS campuses.
- Provide the ACS faculty with the expertise and the resources to raise
the level of science literacy among non-science majors.
- Improve the scientific and technological understanding and skills
of non-science majors.
- Demonstrate the value of confronting this problem through collaborative
efforts among the sixteen ACS member institutions.
With funding, all sixteen ACS institutions will be invited to develop
and to revise introductory science courses and related activities, to
assess the value that non-major science students place on science literacy,
to enhance faculty development, to identify and to integrate appropriate
and creative roles for technology, and to showcase the potential impact
of collaboration among faculty and institutions as they prepare students
to be effective local and world citizens.
There are two objectives at the heart of this undergraduate science
initiative for non-majors:
- to raise the level of science literacy of students at ACS member
- to demonstrate the value of confronting this difficult and perplexing
problem through collaborative efforts of faculty and institutions.
These objectives will be accomplished by:
- assisting ACS member institutions in the development of new courses
and in the review and redesign of existing introductory science courses
for non-majors, by training faculty members in course design and assessment.
- expanding the orientation and mentoring of new science faculty to
include special seminars to address such topics as the educational needs
of non-science majors, new courses, and pedagogical approaches that
are appropriate for this audience and these courses.
- sharing, across the consortium, the models that already have been
created and tested by member institutions.
- developing new, experiential, investigative models for introductory,
undergraduate science courses, as well as for the research, laboratory,
and field-based components of such courses.
- identifying and including the appropriate and creative applications
of existing and emerging technology in the science courses and field-based
- partnering with colleagues at Drury University to pilot the first
comprehensive Science and Math Values Inventory (SaM-VI).
- evaluating the individual projects as well as the program as a whole
and distilling best practices and lessons learned in specific courses
and on the initiative as a whole.
- disseminating the results of this initiative within and outside the
consortium, via electronic means, professional journals, presentations
at professional meetings and workshops that include non-ACS institutions.
ACS Science Reform Program Homepage
This ACS program is supported by the W.M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles