Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Advisory Committees: Advise, Assist, and Advocate

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Advisory Committees: Advise, Assist, and Advocate

Article excerpt

Program advisory committees are essential to developing, expanding, maintaining, and evaluating a high quality agriculture education program. A program advisory committee is a representative group of individuals whose experience and abilities represent a cross section of a particular occupational area. The primary purpose of the local program advisory committee is to assist educators in establishing, operating, and evaluating programs which serve the needs of students, business and industry, and to provide expertise pertaining to technological change.

The purpose of a program advisory committee is to:

* Advise

The advisory committee assesses specific areas of the CTE program and makes suggestions and recommendations for improvement, such as curriculum modifications, updates to facilities/budget/student competencies, purchase of new instructional materials and equipment, or adoption of a new safety policy.

* Assist

The advisory committee helps the instructor(s) and/or administrator carry out specific activities. These activities could include judging competitive skill events, setting up a scholarship program or working to identify and arrange meaningful structured learning experiences (SLEs) for students in the program. …

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