The Chemistry Team completes major self-assessment

This summer the chemistry department, spearheaded by Dr.Zelda Ziegler, completed a departmental self-study for the governing body ofchemists, the American Chemical Society (www.acs.org)to help facilitate the identification of strengths and opportunities for growthin our department. This is the second time that COCC participated in thisself-study program, the first time was in 2012. As a result of thefirst review, the chemistry department was able to implement many of theexcellent suggestions from the previous report and were eager to participate inthis second round. The current report, published this January, highlightsstrengths in the chemistry program at COCC, such as the quality of the faculty,effective pedagogy, extensive availability of instrumentation for students, andthe successful changes that were made after the first report. The report alsoincluded some areas where we might be able to improve, such as forming adepartment mission statement. The chemistry department at COCC will beusing this report as a guide as we move forward into the Academic Year2016/2017.