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Role of Advisory Committees 

Occupational Program Advisory Committees

Occupational program advisory committees are a requirement of the Wisconsin Technical College System and are organized to provide advice and counsel to program managers and faculty regarding specific associate degree and technical diploma programs offered by Fox Valley Technical College. The primary purpose of a program advisory committee is to help the College ensure that the program is relevant to the community, addresses current industry standards, meets workforce needs, and has appropriate resources to support high quality student outcomes. To accomplish this purpose, program advisory committees focus on the specific functions of program development, curriculum review, program evaluation, instructor guidance, student recruitment, retention, and placement, and a public information role as outlined in more detail below.

Occupational program advisory committees are advisory in nature, do not establish policy, or supersede the legal responsibility and authority vested in the College Board of Trustees. Advisory committee recommendations are reviewed by the administration and, if appropriate, by the Board for feasibility of implementation.

Functions of occupational program advisory committees include:

Program Development
  • Determine need for educational programs and related continuing education offerings

  • Participate in designing community and/or employer surveys and analyzing responses

  • Recommend appropriate new program development

  • Provide guidance on program delivery (e.g. time of day, on-line, locations)
Program Curriculum

Ad hoc advisory committees are appointed on a temporary basis to provide advice for a specific project such as the development of a new program, or to help solve a problem.

  • Identify occupational competencies needed by the workforce

  • Participate in establishing student proficiency standards

  • Review course content, sequencing and assessments

  • Recommend appropriate technology applications

  • Recommend equipment purchases and facility changes

  • Recommend program revisions
Program Evaluation
  • Identify future industry and environmental trends impacting the program

  • Review program benchmark data of other technical colleges as part of the Quality Review Process (QRP)

  • Approve the QRP program improvement plan

  • Monitor annual progress on the program improvement plan
Instructor Guidance
  • Facilitate opportunities for cooperative relationships with business and industry

  • Identify community or business resource people

  • Advise on occupational trends and new technologies to help guide instructor development

  • Identify qualifications and assist in recruiting instructors
Student Recruitment, Retention and Placement
  • Recommend program marketing strategies to recruit students

  • Facilitate fieldtrips, internships, and work experience opportunities for students

  • Monitor program placement data

  • Develop resources for scholarships and other support services for students
Public Information
  • Provide input to and be knowledgeable of the College’s Strategic Plan

  • Participate in public hearings and other legislative activities that impact the program and College

  • Recommend strategies for strengthening College relationships within the community.

Apprenticeship Advisory Committees

Joint apprenticeship and training committees are formed by the Division of Workforce Excellence through the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards to develop and coordinate an apprentice training program for a specific trade. When these committees also provide advisory services to the College, they are appointed by the college Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer and are identified as apprentice advisory committees.

Regional Advisory Committees

Regional advisory committees are organized in the various geographic regions of Fox Valley Technical College involving a branch campus or regional center. The primary purpose of a regional advisory committee is to provide advice and counsel to the College’s regional leaders and staff regarding the programming and services provided in that area to address community needs.

Regional advisory committees are advisory in nature, do not establish policy, or supersede the legal responsibility and authority vested in the College Board of Trustees. Advisory committee recommendations are reviewed by the administration and, if appropriate, by the Board for feasibility of implementation.

Functions of regional advisory committees:
  • Identify community needs for educational programming and support services.

  • Identify changes and trends in the local economy that affect the region’s training and employment needs.

  • Assist in identifying marketing and promotional opportunities for the College in the region.

  • Participate in College special events and meetings held in the region.

  • Assist with the development and analysis of regional community and/or employer surveys or needs assessments.

  • Review and provide input into the business plan for the region, as well as the College’s Strategic Plan.

  • Plan and assist in regional public relations programs and events.

  • Participate in public hearings and other legislative activities that impact the region and the College.

  • Recommend strategies for strengthening College relationships within the community.

  • Actively support community fund-raising campaigns for special projects and student scholarships.

  • Serve as an ambassador for the College in the community.

Ad hoc Advisory Committees

Ad hoc advisory committees are appointed on a temporary basis to provide advice for a specific project such as the development of a new program, or to help solve a problem.


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