ERIC Number: ED343626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Advisory Boards: Academic Partnerships That Work.
An academic advisory board of volunteers drawn from college alumni and the general community can serve institutions of higher education at the college, school and even departmental level. Board members link the academic community to the external community by sharing expertise gained through practical experience. Such a board exists solely to give advice, not to set policy or raise money. Volunteers are honored by the invitation to participate, and it enables them to make a valuable contribution to the improvement of academic programs. While the chief officer of the academic unit that the board serves should direct it, a board should be able to function as independently as possible. The most effective board is composed not only of alumni, whose perspective is framed by their prior academic experiences, but also of outside members of the community. Candidates should be formally solicited for a 3-year term, with a third of the terms expiring each year. Especially valuable members may be designated "advisor emeritus" and retained for longer terms. A number of standing committees may need to be designated to address topics of special concern. Meetings should be scheduled well in advance, and with consideration for board members' other commitments. A memento of recognition, such as a certificate, provides a visible and lasting acknowledgment honoring each board member's participation. (JSP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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