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ERIC Number: ED263811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jul
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
The Pros and Cons of Advisory Committees.
Cuninggim, Merrimon
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
The structure and purposes of college and university advisory committees are discussed. An advisory or visiting committee is a voluntary extralegal group of advisors and/or supporters that provide aid in various ways to an educational institution, professional school, department, or major academic division. Advisory committees may be elected by the institution's board of trustees or its executive committee, or appointed by the president or a dean. The committee's composition is always a mix, with alumni, scholars, influential laymen, leaders of a profession, and perhaps a trustee or two. In size, advisory committees run from 4 to 60. Meetings may be held twice a year or less frequently. Seven major purposes of advisory committees are as follows: (1) to strengthen the academic program; (2) to improve the school's management; (3) to review and evaluate the mission, programs, and services of the college; (4) to recruit personnel; (5) to raise funds; (6) to promote public relations; and (7) to improve the school's relationships with other schools in and outside the university, with the university's central administration, church or state, community agencies, and professional organizations. The effectiveness of visiting committees is also addressed. (SW)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Document is printed in colored ink on colored paper.