Program Advisory Committee
COMPOSITION OF PROGRAM AND GENERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES
The composition of program advisory committees and general advisory committees for Chapter 74-approved vocational technical education is dictated by the Vocational Technical Education Regulations (refer to the Definitions for required representation. The general advisory committee shall include, but not be limited to, chairpersons of the program advisory committees.
For Chapter 74-approved vocational technical education, each program advisory committee and general advisory committee must elect or appoint a chairperson from its membership. It is this person’s responsibility to work with the school/public two-year college facilitator to develop agendas and manage meetings.
Program advisory committee chairpersons are also members of the school's general advisory committee. As such, they convey the concerns or recommendations of the program advisory committee to the larger entity, and in turn provide feedback on the results of general advisory committee discussions.
The chair of the general advisory committee is the spokesperson for the committee in meetings with school administrators and the school committee/board of trustees. He/she is responsible for working with the school/public two-year college administrator to set agendas and plan and coordinate general advisory committee meetings.
For Chapter 74-approved vocational technical education programs, the facilitator of the program advisory committee in most cases would be a program teacher or a program supervisor/director. In general, this individual conveys the concerns or priorities of the school/public two-year college to the advisory committee and assists the advisory committee to carry out its mission. She/he is not a voting member, but rather a liaison between the school/public two-year college and the advisory committee. Facilitators of program advisory committees play a pivotal role in ensuring the success of their committees. They are sometimes asked to gather data to assist the committees in their reviews (e.g., enrollment or placement records; student assessment results and test scores).
For Chapter 74-approved vocational technical education programs, the chief administrative officer of the school committee or board of trustees, or designee, serves as the facilitator to the general advisory committee. This individual lays the groundwork for effective use of advisory committees. The administrator’s perspective sets the tone for the entire school and public two-year college; where the administrator places a high value on advisory committees, so will the teachers, and, in turn the committee members themselves.
ROLE OF ADVISORY COMMITTEES
Program Advisory Committee: The Vocational Technical Education Regulations state that it shall be the responsibility of the program advisory committee to advise, assist and support school personnel in order to improve planning, operation and evaluation in its program area. Such advice shall be based on adequate and timely information as to workforce and job development demands or job market trends, technological developments, training alternatives and other factors affecting the quality of the program.
General Advisory Committee: The Vocational Technical Education Regulations state that it shall be the responsibility of the general advisory committee to advise the school committee/board of trustees, based on adequate and timely information, as to the planning, operation, and evaluation of vocational technical instruction provided by programs under its control. Appendix 1 shows the relationship between the program advisory committee(s) and the general advisory committee.