ERIC Number: ED107317
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Buffering Action of Advisory Committees in Tech Programs.
Recent studies show that committee members are committed to their goals in a degree equal to their control of goal implementation. Results of a questionnaire sent to the 27 vocational-technical program coordinators at the College of DuPage (Illinois) asking them to indicate the frequency with which certain activities were engaged in by advisory committee (AC) members, showed low levels of both commitment and control--AC members were most likely to do that which called for little effort or time and their recommendations were seldom implemented. Because these AC members represent local business and industry, they can be effective in providing employment for the college's graduates and in keeping technical programs in tune with current needs. In order to increase their effectiveness, (1) they should have more control of the conduct of the programs; (2) they should be directly supervised and selected by the college president or his designates, instead of by program coordinators who have less prestigious business contacts; (3) they should be given more recognition; (4) they should be involved in long-range projects to support the college; (5) they should participate in the recruitment and selection of students; (6) their recommendations should be considered; (7) new AC members should be provided with training sessions; and (8) adequate records of graduate placement and AC work must be kept. The questionnaire and tabulated responses are appended. (DC)
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Authoring Institution: College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL.