Each ARCS chapter supports scholars at academic institutions in its local area. Every institution that ARCS partners with undergoes a comprehensive evaluation and is approved by the ARCS National Board. The evaluation process considers the strength of the institution’s degree programs, faculty size and quality, scientific publications, library facilities, test scores, national research grant funding, and faculty membership in professional organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and The Institute of Medicine.
The Northern California Chapter has a University Assessment Committee whose members have no affiliation with any of the recipient schools. If a university or a department within a university does not conform to the standards of the University Assessment Committee, the department or university is dropped from the Chapter’s recipient roster.
Current List of Approved Departments by Universities