Strategic Plan for

2015and Beyond

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Vision

Improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry

Mission

Advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people

Passion for chemistry in the broadest sense

  • Research
  • Education
  • Innovation
  • Solutions

Focus on members

  • Service to members
  • Volunteer contributions

Professionalism

  • Integrity and transparency
  • High standards

Diversity and inclusion

  • Diverse community of highly-skilled chemistry professionals
  • Advancement of chemistry as a global multidisciplinary science

ACS is a Congressionally chartered not-for-profit 501(c)3 scientific professional society. The Society will remain a strong and sustainable organization, maintaining adequate financial resources and adhering to financial stewardship principles that will ensure its ability to accomplish ACS Goals today and into the future. ACS will marshal our unique resources to:

PROVIDE INFORMATION

Be the most authoritative, comprehensive, and indispensable provider of chemistry-related information.

ACS will be the most trusted source for chemistry-related information by providing indispensable products and services. These include high-quality journals and periodicals, databases, and meetings that advance the practice of chemistry and related sciences. Through creative collaborations, transformative technologies, and best practices, ACS will ensure that its information products and services are the most authoritative and accessible.


    1. Strengthen the ability of Chemical Abstracts Service and ACS Publications to provide unparalleled information for the global scientific community.
    2. Position the ACS appropriately in countries and regions of increasing importance to the future of the chemical enterprise, taking into consideration the full span of ACS activities.
    3. Personalize and enhance the user experience of web-based products and services. Integrate data across the Society for enhancing business operations and processes.

    • There are unprecedented constraints on U.S. government funding that supports scientific research and education.
    • Globalization of the chemistry enterprise continues with members, students, and chemistry-related professionals increasingly located in Asia.
    • The growing global chemistry enterprise provides an opportunity to restructure offerings to serve worldwide members and customers.
    • Chemistry-related information sources, including free resources, are increasing, as are open access mandates by research funders.
    • The expectation of more personalized offerings from organizations is growing, along with the technology which enables them.
    • The importance of content curation is growing in managing expanding flows of information.
    • Online (hybrid, virtual, social, and mobile) technologies enhance face-to-face meetings.
    • Cyber-security threats to the collection, distribution, and protection of information are increasing.
    • New questions are being raised about the quality of peer-reviewed scientific literature, and new tools to help safeguard the publication process are emerging.

    • Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) REGISTRYSM, the gold standard for substance information, curated and quality-controlled by CAS scientists. The CAS REGISTRYSM keeps up with the growth of chemical research by registering its 90 millionth substance.
    • Access to cutting-edge research from ACS National Meetings is accessible online. The ACS Spring 2015 National Meeting in Denver, March 22-26, will bring together chemists worldwide with the theme "Chemistry of Natural Resources."
    • Highly-rated ACS Webinars on the most important topics for chemists and chemistry, consistently draw hundreds of participants per webinar.
    • ACS Publications produces 47 of the most trusted, most cited, and most read journals in chemistry and related fields, consistently ranking as #1 in impact.
    • Chemistry in pictures showcases the beauty of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences.


    ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    90+ million

    CAS Registry holds the largest collection of small molecules

    69,000

    downloads of the ACS mobile app

    36,000

    C&EN mobile app downloads

    48 million

    searches on the ACS Publications platform

    ADVANCE MEMBER CAREERS

    Empower an inclusive community of members with networks, opportunities, resources, and skills to thrive in the global economy.

    ACS will provide and develop resources to enable its members and other chemistry-related professionals to succeed in the global scientific enterprise at all stages of their careers. ACS will be a key resource for professional and career development and peer collaboration, and will encourage diversity in the chemical sciences. This includes the Society’s longstanding commitment and programs dedicated to under-represented groups in the chemical sciences. Through advocacy efforts, ACS will encourage the creation and retention of chemistry-related jobs within the United States.


    1. Increase and communicate the value of ACS membership, leading to strong recruitment and retention.
    2. Identify and assess topics to enhance ACS Career Navigator offerings.
    3. Develop an Individual Development Plan tool to assist graduate and postdoctoral scholars through the career preparation process. The tool will also aid chemistry faculty in providing career guidance.

    • Many chemists, in the wake of regional and global economic crises, face challenges obtaining and retaining full employment.
    • Persistent employment challenges facing recent U.S. chemistry graduates are discouraging some students from pursuing scientific degrees. There is a growing belief and some evidence that there is a mismatch between the current training of new graduates and the types of jobs available.
    • The Society’s ability to help support job creation and career growth in the United States provides an opportunity to attract members.
    • Many of those working in the molecular sciences and engineering no longer identify themselves professionally as chemists.
    • The dispersion of chemistry and chemist communities worldwide is growing.
    • Globalization and the changing demographics and needs of the chemistry enterprise are redefining diversity and ACS is well positioned to assist in that transformation.
    • The Society’s longstanding commitment and programs devoted to underrepresented groups provide an opportunity to increase our value to all chemistry professionals.
    • The Millennial generation is shaping future management, culture, and expectations.
    • Online communities have emerged as key hubs of social and professional interaction.
    • The way U.S. firms conduct R&D and innovate continues to change. They are investing in R&D partnerships with academia, government, entrepreneurs, and other entities.
    • A renaissance of North American energy production is reshaping related chemical industries while presenting new environmental protection issues.

    • The ACS Network is the premier forum for chemists and other scientists to find, connect, and share ideas and content with colleagues across the globe.
    • ACS Meetings are the primary place for chemists, related scientists, and engineers to network, share their findings, and celebrate their accomplishments with their colleagues.
    • The electronic edition of C&EN is available as an option for ACS members to receive, replacing paper copies. The electronic edition is a complete, cover-to-cover facsimile of the print edition delivered over the web.
    • The ACS Careers Navigator, www.acs.org/careers, is a "one-stop" shop for members' career management and development needs.
    • ACS International Activities work to connect scientists around the world in addressing global scientific challenges, to create value for members, and to build collaborative networks around the world through a variety of programs.

    • Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) SciFinder offers complimentary access under a special program. Chemistry professionals with access to SciFinder while employed can apply to receive complimentary SciFinder access if they become unemployed.
    • The ACS Entrepreneurship Initiative program seeks to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship through FastTrac courses designed to train ACS members in developing their ideas into business concepts.

    ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    1,581

    Registered job seekers participated in the ACS Virtual Career Fair

    201

    Chemistry professional who have shared their expertise and enthusiasm for science with an elementary, middle, or high school teacher over the 2014-2015 school year.

    2

    2 onsite and 2 virtual career fairs that drew 3,000 participants and gave them the opportunity to speak to 89 employers

    70

    Technical and managerial training courses that provided over 500 chemical scientists and engineers essential knowledge to help them advance in their careers

    IMPROVE EDUCATION

    Foster the development of the most innovative, relevant, and effective chemistry education in the world.

    ACS will promote the development and dissemination of best practices in chemistry education to ensure a scientifically literate citizenry and a highly qualified chemical workforce. High-quality, evidence-based approaches to chemistry education and advanced professional development for teachers will be fostered. ACS will support reforms and initiatives that result in safer laboratory practices and a pipeline of competent, ethical, and competitive U.S. chemists ready to address global challenges.


    1. Increase membership in and expand resources of the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) for K-12 teachers of chemistry. Serve as a trusted source of curricular and pedagogical resources for K-12 chemistry instruction. Provide opportunities for teachers of chemistry to network with one another and the broader ACS community. Disseminate effective teaching and learning practices at the K-12 level.
    2. Continue and extend the pilot mentoring program for recently graduated ACS-Hach grant recipient high school teachers with veteran teachers continuing the mentoring of ACS-Hach Scholars.
    3. Implement the pilot program for International Student chapters and charter new chapters.

    • U.S. students must excel in STEM subjects to contribute to societal needs, and yet U.S. students score low in international tests of STEM achievement.
    • K-12 public education is in a crisis in the United States. ACS is positioned to address issues in science and technology education.There is a national need to attract and strengthen the qualifications of chemistry teachers at all levels and to provide them with access to high quality professional development opportunities.
    • Recognition, rewards, and incentives for excellent teachers are needed.
    • Educators need an authoritative source for best practices in chemistry education and safer laboratory practices.
    • Partnerships and collaborations can strengthen efforts to advocate for STEM education and reform and elevate chemistry’s prominence within the STEM disciplines.
    • Online educational platforms are broadening access to higher education and redefining subject mastery, including competency-based degrees and credentials.

    • The ACS Scholars Program supports underrepresented minority students who want to enter the chemistry and related practices fields.
    • The ACS Petroleum Research Fund provides in excess of $20 million annually in grants, awards, and research assistantship opportunities that support advanced scientific education and fundamental research in the petroleum field. Grants focus on proposals from undergraduate institutions, young faculty, and new directions in innovative research.
    • The Reactions Everyday Chemistry is an all-ages trip to the frontiers of knowledge. Informative "bytesize" videos provide intriguing stories on the chemistry of food, energy, health, and much more.
    • The ACS-Hach High School Chemistry program supports innovative ideas that transform classrooms, enhance learning and foster the development of tomorrow's chemistry educators.
    • Since its establishment in 1968, ACS Project SEED has helped economically disadvantaged high school students expand their exposure to the field of science. The summer SEED programs offer these students the opportunity to intern at institutions and universities through its Summer Internships program.
    • ACS Short Courses offers a variety of resources that help professional chemists to continue their education.
    • ChemMatters is an award-winning magazine for high school chemistry, which demystifies chemistry at work in our everyday lives. Each issue includes a Teacher's Guide containing background information, follow-up hands-on activities, classroom demonstrations, and other resources to facilitate student comprehension.

    • AACT is a community where chemistry teachers can ask questions, share strategies, find support and learn how to overcome challenges.
    • ACS has partnered with the NSTA Learning Center to provide our members with informative chemistry related Web seminars that allow participants to interact with nationally acclaimed experts.
    • ACS has launched the Chemistry Teacher Education Coalition. The Society recognizes the critical role of the chemistry community in preparing high school chemistry teachers of tomorrow. ACS in collaboration with the Society Committee on Education (SOCED) endorsed the CTEC statement to indicate its commitment to the critical issue of preparing high school chemistry teachers of tomorrow.

    ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    2,000+

    Kids & Chemistry kits have been shared in schools and communities

    28

    Nobel Laureates have received ACS PRF grants

    192

    Research grants were awarded in 2014 totaling $19.07 million

    423

    Economically disadvantaged high school students in 140 research laboratories

    COMMUNICATE CHEMISTRY'S VALUE

    Communicate chemistry's vital role in addressing the world's challenges to the public and policymakers.

    ACS will lead in communicating the value of chemistry. Active participation of individual members in public outreach efforts will be encouraged and supported. ACS will be the premier advocacy organization to promote science, engineering, and innovation within the chemistry enterprise.


    1. Produce and distribute Reactions videos on the ACS YouTube channel and ACS PressPacs, moving toward enhanced content and secure coverage of national meeting press conferences and releases.
    2. Expand and leverage efforts to place ACS members in public dialog with news media, policymakers, opinion leaders, and the general public. Update content of toolkits and other instructional materials on the ACS Web site to help members communicate with the public. Arrange for media interviews or public dialogs with policymakers, civic groups, or other opinion-leaders from among the trained ACS Experts. Hold refresher training for the ACS Experts. Assess the value of training and tools offered. Develop plans to improve the program.
    3. Empower ACS members and allied organizations to communicate key ACS policy priorities with policymakers. Introduce, adopt, or prevent adoption, of legislative or executive branch initiatives implementing or affecting key ACS policy priorities.

    • The public often fails to understand chemistry’s positive impact on people’s lives and accepts inaccurate sound bites as fact.
    • Moving the needle on public science appreciation and literacy is difficult and expensive to measure and achieve.
    • Expanding partnerships with other groups involved in improving public appreciation of science and engineering present an opportunity for greater impact.
    • Scientists, engineers, and others can lead in communicating how chemistry can solve global challenges and improve people’s lives.
    • Global economic and government budget constraints impact research output and demand.
    • There are unprecedented constraints on U.S. government funding that supports scientific research and education.
    • As the world’s population increases, resources are under pressure, exacerbated by climate change. Chemical sciences are increasingly central to development of solutions to the global challenges of energy, environment, water, health, and food.

    • The Chemistry Ambassadors program, empowers a growing number of ACS members to actively engage with the public to spread the word on the nature and value of chemistry and chemists. Enrollment in the program presently exceeds 6,400 active members.
    • The ACS Act4Chemistry Network continues to grow at act4chemistry.org, which offers social networking and shares calls to action, blogs, and bookmarked news about the latest policy developments and how you can get involved.
    • The Society's tagline ACS: Chemistry for Life™ is part of a comprehensive communications strategy to unify ACS products and develop widespread recognition of the nature and value of chemistry.
    • The ACS National Historic Chemical Landmarks highlight monumental and key roles chemistry-related innovations play in our lives today, by advancing the frontiers of knowledge, expanding medicine and the chemical enterprise.

    • The ACS recently developed the, Innovation Chemistry, and Jobs report, detailing the steps to create economic growth, generate revenue and add new jobs in the nation's scientific sectors.
    • ACS Science & the Congress has held more than 200 briefings on Capitol Hill to date.
    • Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) introduced the Science Connections series of articles showcasing the value of CAS databases in light of important general-interest science and technology news. Topics range from Vitamin E to Nobel Prize winners, for which the Science Connections series points to the CAS databases for a more complete understanding of the latest news.
    • Watch Voices of Research and meet researchers working on today's most cutting-edge scientific challenges, and learn how their work makes a difference for you and future generations.
    • ACS continues as a leader in the use of digital technology to communicate science to the public, policymakers, and our members. This included the introduction of digital press conferences so that journalists worldwide can access live audio and video and the expanded use of blogs, podcasts (audio and video), web-based seminars, and web services like Twitter™ and Facebook™.

    ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    9,412

    Members are now ACS Chemistry Ambassadors

    14,600

    ACS members who participate in the Legislative Action Network

    210

    Science and the Congress briefings to date

    14

    Number of ACS State Government Affairs Committees

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