Advisory Committees

Section: II. INST-101
Approved By: Dr. Pamela J. Transue, 08/02/11
Last Review: Unknown
Last Revision: 07/26/11
Prior Revisions: none
Initial Adoption: Unknown



The college or its designee will appoint an advisory committee for each professional-technical program or cluster. For these committees they will hold a minimum of two meetings per year and a quorum should be established for each committee. Documentation of agendas and minutes must be on file for the previous three years.

 The advisory committees perform the following activities:

  1. To provide experience and judgment regarding regional employment opportunities   
         and prerequisite training requirements; and
  2. To help the College identify and recruit excellent personnel; and
  3. To promote the College and its programs in the local community; and
  4. To assist the College in its efforts to place successful students into appropriate
         careers; and
  5. To assist the College in program development and assessment.
  6. To provide assistance in the development of program curriculum by review of labor market and industry standards.
  7. To advise the college as to the adequacy of facilities and equipment for the program and make recommendations or assist in obtaining instructional equipment as needed.
  8. To advise the college in the development of qualifications for instructors and the development of evaluation instruments and procedures.
  9. To review national and state directives and initiatives and their impact on program, make recommendations on how to incorporate changes as needed.
  10. Assist the college in the development of skills and competencies expected of successful employees and assist ways to assist students with internships and/or employment.


The College perceives advisory committees as important links between itself and constituencies that employ its graduates. Whenever appropriate, or required by higher authority, advisory committees shall be established and maintained to assist the College in meeting its service goals.

To Whom Does This Policy Apply

These guidelines apply to all professional/technical programs.


Tacoma Community College Board of Trustees Manual

State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Policy and Procedure Manual Chapter 4: Instruction and Program Development, Section 4.21.00 – Advisory Committees for Professional-Technical programs.




Organization and Membership

The President or his/her designee shall invite recognized leaders to participate on advisory committees. Regular committee meetings shall be initiated and chaired by a responsible member of the College faculty or staff, or a member of the committee.

Professional-technical advisory committee membership will be composed of equal numbers of employees and employers representing local business, labor and industry. Advisory committee members, minimum of five, must be formally appointed by the college, in writing, and for a specific term (i.e., one, two, or three years). The appointment process will strive to ensure equal representation of gender and cultural diversity.