ACHS Program Advisory Council (PAC) members are a valuable asset to ACHS. As leaders in their industry and professional experts, PAC members serve as a bridge between ACHS and the professional communities we serve. PAC members provide important perspectives that we here at ACHS may not be exposed to otherwise. In return, PAC members have the opportunity to influence and inform the content and quality of ACHS curriculum, thereby benefiting both students and our communities at large. We rely on PACs to participate in program development, review, and updates in a number of ways, including, but not limited to:
- Advising, assisting, supporting, and advocating for programs
- Providing suggestions for appropriate learning outcomes for a program
- Helping to assure the proficiency and preparation of program graduates
- Assessing program quality and offers suggestions for improvement where needed. For example, the Advisory Council might suggest ways to modify the curriculum, review teaching materials for accuracy and currency
- Offering suggestions for program resources such as textbooks, software, lab materials, etc.
- Providing volunteer/intern/work experience type positions where appropriate
- Promoting the programs in the community where appropriate
- Providing industry expertise including information on workforce needs
- Facilitating relationships between ACHS and relevant stakeholders such as professional organizations, employers, other institutions, etc.
ACHS’s Program Advisory Councils are charged with ensuring ACHS meets the following two DEAC accreditation standards which should inform the Advisory Council’s actions:
I. C. Implementation of the Mission
The institution identifies key indicators it uses to demonstrate that it is effectively carrying out its mission. The institution documents the achievement of its mission and shares appropriate information on this achievement with relevant groups (e.g., Advisory Councils, faculty, staff, students, and the public).
III. D. 1. Comprehensive Curricula and Instructional Materials:
The institution implements an Advisory Council for each major group of programs or major subject matter disciplines it offers. The Advisory Council includes members not otherwise employed or contracted at the institution, consisting of practitioners and employers in the field for which the program prepares students. The institution convenes an Advisory Council meeting at least annually to provide the institution with advice on the current level of skills, knowledge, and abilities individuals need for entry into the occupation. As a part of the institution’s effectiveness planning activities, the Advisory Council provides the institution with recommendations on the adequacy of educational program outcomes, curricula, and course materials.