ERIC Number: ED305881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
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Using Advisory Boards in Academic Administration.
When universities and colleges approach alumni and other segments of the public for advice, particularly pertaining to academic areas, any branch of the academic administration can tap the expertise of people whose valuable insights might otherwise be unavailable. Such a volunteer advisory board works well at all levels. It can link the academic community to the external community by sharing the insights and expertise achieved through life and work experience. This board exists only to give advice and has no practical power to set policy or pass judgment on personal matters. Members are motivated to serve because it is an honor to be invited and because they can help reform or improve the quality of academic programs so they better meet contemporary needs. The chief officer of the academic unit that an advisory board serves is a good person to direct it. In order to organize a board, it is necessary to get to know the administrators in the alumni office and to strive for a healthy mix of non-alumni and alumni. Members should be appointed to a term with a fixed length (generally 3 years). The board should meet as often as practical since it consists of employed volunteers. Activities should be scheduled that offer intellectual and social stimulation without being overly taxing. Attached are a memo inviting members of the business community to join the Ohio University College of Business Administration Board of Visitors, a sample schedule a 2-day semiannual meeting and a sample certificate. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Tulsa, OK, October 31-November 5, 1988).