The role of advisory committees
Evaluating the Upgrading of Technical Courses at Two-year Colleges: NSF's Advanced Technological Education Program
ISBN: 978-0-76231-120-0, eISBN: 978-1-84950-283-2
Publication date: 3 November 2004
The findings from the evaluation of the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program are described in a set of documents assembled by The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University. The documents were examined to determine what information was available on the use of advisory committees. The purpose of the analysis was to improve the effectiveness of ATE committees.
Limited information on the use of advisory committees was found in the data sources examined. The information that was available dealt primarily with centers and larger projects. Virtually no information was available on the use of advisory committees in the smaller ATE projects. These comprise 56% of the total number.
Generally, the reactions by ATE grantees toward committees was positive. They are commonly used in community colleges and in vocational/technical education programs. Most of those who responded found them useful for collaboration and identifying work force needs. However, a bias toward larger projects and the limited number of comments available precludes generalizations to the total population.
Because little is known about how ATE advisory committees function, their organization, and usefulness, especially among most of the grants, additional research is recommended. A set of research questions and a research design are suggested. Some preliminary ideas on the elements of effective advisory committees are presented.
Welch, W. and Gullickson, A.R. (2004), "The role of advisory committees", Lawrenz, F., Keiser, N. and Gullickson, A.R. (Ed.) Evaluating the Upgrading of Technical Courses at Two-year Colleges: NSF's Advanced Technological Education Program (Advances in Program Evaluation, Vol. 9), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 185-199. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1474-7863(04)09009-X
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