ERIC Number: ED377783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
The Advisory Committee Advantage. Creating an Effective Strategy for Programmatic Improvement. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 1.
This report addresses the advisory committee's role in the administration of institutions of higher education. Under decreased resources and increased pressures for more accountability, advisory committees are an effective way to help connect universities and colleges to their environments. Advisory committees may range from those that consult to university presidents on broad policy issues to committees that focus on specific tasks and decisions. Existing studies on advisory committee effectiveness are primarily from the vocational education and community college sectors, and they document widespread existence of committees that exist on paper only. A committee is more likely to be effective if: (1) institutional representatives desire its input, (2) committee members are knowledgeable, committed, and given recognition; (3) committee processes are effective and meaningful; and (4) expectations about the committee's role are clear. Individual chapters of this report address the following aspects of advisory committees: the nature of advisory committees; reasons for establishing an advisory committee; a vocational education case study in mandated advisory committees; attitudes, expectations of deans, directors, and staff; the motivation and commitment of volunteers; the impact of group dynamics; a case study on the independence of an advisory committee; and suggestions for starting and sustaining an advisory committee. (Contains 120 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrator Attitudes, Advisory Committees, College Administration, Colleges, Higher Education, Organizational Effectiveness, Policy Formation, Program Improvement, School Community Relationship, School Policy, Universities
George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036 ($18).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for the Study of Higher Education.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. School of Education and Human Development.