ERIC Number: ED210054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Highlights from Two Recent Studies on the Use of Citizen Advisory Groups in the North Carolina Community Colleges.
Parry-Hill, Joseph W., Jr.
Two studies investigated the use of curriculum advisory committees by North Carolina community colleges. The first, by George Armfield of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, surveyed community college administrators and faculty about their use of these committees. The study: (1) identified 16 major functions of curriculum advisory committees ranging from offering advice on program development to providing awards to outstanding students; (2) identified problems involving infrequent meetings, confusion about the groups' objectives, problems of attendance, and failure to recognize the groups' contributions and to implement the groups' recommendations; (3) determined that the qualities of the committee members, such as relevant experience, enthusiasm, and availability, had a great impact on the effectiveness of the committee; (4) determined that variables including length of appointment, size of committee, member orientation, elections, and recognition of committee members' service had little effect on committee effectiveness; and (5) suggested that the effective utilization of curriculum advisory committees requires a clear set of objectives and the selection of knowledgeable and interested committee members. The results of Armfield's study are strongly supported by a study by Dr. Harley Affeldt at Forsyth Technical Institute, which also found that involvement of the members, college support, and implementation of committee recommendations are necessary for committee functioning. Tables showing results from Armfield's study are appended. (KL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Advisory Council on Education, Raleigh.