Advisory Board Guidelines
To provide a formal evaluation and assessment of program effectiveness by utilizing representative industries, employers, professional associations or and/or peer institutions. Membership may include representatives of these groups as well as program alumni. Members are term appointed by the College Council of SUNY Canton.
Advisory Board Goals
- Help maintain and improve program quality as evidenced by the program’s curricular requirements and student demonstration of student learning outcomes including those of capstone, internship or practicum experiences as appropriate.
- Help assure that program curriculum and learning objectives maintain alignment with the evolving needs of employers and/or related graduate programs.
- As applicable, evaluate laboratory facilities for adequacy in meeting program needs.
- Assist the academic program in garnering industrial support for internships, coop, and practicum experiences, graduate placement, and facility/laboratory upgrades.
- Assist the academic program in the pursuit and maintenance of professional accreditation or certification when appropriate.
Board Operating Requirements
- Advisory Boards will meet at least annually in review of program operation. Meetings may be held on campus, off site, or online.
- Meeting announcements should be posted at least one month prior to the scheduled meeting and an agenda should be published and distributed several days prior to each meeting.
- Invitees: Advisory Board members, SUNY Canton President, Provost and Academic Dean. Other invitees should include department/program faculty members, selected students, program alumni, and possibly other Institutional representation (e.g. Admission, Career Planning, Advancement).
- Each meeting will include:
- a review of program operation to include enrollment trends, graduation numbers, placement rates, curricular revisions (implemented and under consideration), and demonstrations of program effectiveness and student preparedness.
- a brief discussion of industry trends that may impact future curricular requirements for academic programs.
- Each meeting will conclude with published minutes to include the following information:
- Advisory Board meeting date, location, and attendees
- Review of meeting discussion
- Summaries of accomplishments, concerns, and action items
- Probable date and location of next meeting
- Distribution of the minutes will include Board members, attendees, President, Provost, Academic Dean, and all departmental faculty members
- Minutes will be posted on the program webpage
- Official copy of the published minutes will be kept by the Academic Dean’s office