VHCC Citizens Advisory Handbook
Members of Virginia Highlands Community College’s citizen advisory committees each year make valuable contributions to decision-making processes that impact the programs and services offered to residents of our region. Because of their professional and personal experiences, these members of our community are uniquely positioned to provide valuable insight about the needs and opportunities that exist within our region.
As we strive to fulfill our mission of providing quality and affordable education, it is with the realization that representatives of business and industry, governmental entities, the arts, and the taxpaying public must have a voice. For that reason, we sincerely appreciate those who have assisted us in the past and those now serving on our advisory committees.
Curriculum Advisory Committees - View Committee Purpose and Rosters
These committees advise College representatives in areas of curriculum development and evaluation, program promotion, and community needs assessment.
Special Advisory Committees - View Committee Purpose and Rosters
These committees are charged with advising College representatives in areas of special interest. Generally, they are concerned with non-curricular areas of the College and are especially concerned with the ways these areas serve the total community.
Appointment of Citizens Advisory Committee
Citizen advisory committees are a means for providing continued communication between VHCC and the various communities it serves. Once identified, the names of potential members are reviewed by the Vice President of Instruction & Student Services and then forwarded to the Office of the President. The President sends recommendations to the VHCC Board, which makes the final appointments to all advisory committees.
Members are appointed based on:
Efforts are made to ensure that the three political jurisdictions that comprise the VHCC service region - the city of Bristol Virginia, Washington County, and the western portion of Smyth County - are represented on each advisory committee. Varying levels and types of expertise are sought and, in the case of curricular advisory committees, efforts are made to include current and former students.
Members are appointed for a three-year term, effective September 1. Members may not be appointed for more than two consecutive terms unless their membership on the committee is essential.
Members serve in an advisory capacity and have no administrative or legislative authority.
Selection and Duties of Officers
Each committee shall choose a chair and vice chair from its lay membership at the first meeting of each academic year. The secretary of each committee will be appointed by the College from the appropriate instructional or service area.
Duties of Chair:
Duties of Vice Chair:
Duties of Secretary:
Specific Functions of Curriculum Advisory Committees
Programs and Related Services
VHCC offers a variety of programs that provide students with the opportunity to earn associate degrees, certificates and diplomas. Each program has been designed to meet the needs of those who live within the College’s service region, while meeting or exceeding the minimum standards established by the State Board for Community Colleges.
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