What is the Executive Advisory Committee?
The Executive Advisory Committee (EAC) is comprised of business and community leaders who advise the Joint Operating Committee of EASTERN on the training needs of business and industry.
The EAC oversees a network of 13 Occupational Advisory Committees (OACs)–one for each program offered at EASTERN. These committees, made up of individuals who are working in the occupational area, advise the school on what should be taught, the standards that students should be able to meet and what tools and equipment students need to be able to use in order to meet industry requirements.
This two-level arrangement of advisory committees was established by EASTERN’s administration and the Joint Operating Committee in the late 1980’s to insure that the decision-making process at EASTERN would proceed on the basis of appropriate information about all matters pertaining to the occupations for which EASTERN provides education and training and to the characteristics and evolution of the industries in which these occupations are found within the communities served by EASTERN. As EASTERN has increasingly made strategic planning a core element of its institutional culture since 1995, the EAC/OAC structure has acquired, in parallel, a focus on strategic idea-generation and advocacy, and has incorporated into its specific activities, active support for the pursuit of the goals incorporated in the strategic plans.
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What does the EAC do?
The Executive Advisory Committee meets three times a year. These meetings occur in November, March, and June and are scheduled to coincide with crucial points in the annual governance cycle at EASTERN. The EAC performs its work for EASTERN chiefly through these three annual meetings and through the work of the following subcommittees (the chairs are members of the EAC; subcommittee may be EAC members or not):
Program Planning and Review Subcommittee: The chief role of this subcommittee is to guide and participate in the formal strategic cycle of review of all 13 occupational programs at EASTERN, reviews that are intended to insure that programs continue to train students for study and work beyond EASTERN that meet the needs of EASTERN’s community.
Partnership and Perception Subcommittee: This subcommittee fulfills both a marketing role, working to insure that relevant information about EASTERN’s programs effectively reaches potential students and all those adults who can influence students’ educational choices, and a role in linking EASTERN to businesses in the community in a broad variety of ways that enable those businesses to support education at EASTERN.
Membership Subcommittee: This subcommittee keeps the agenda for the EAC and recruits new members both for the EAC itself and for the subcommittees. The Membership Subcommittee conducts orientation sessions for new OAC members and maintains an OAC handbook designed to assist OAC members to carry out their duties.
In addition to the work of the Program Planning and Review Subcommittee, EAC oversight of the 13 OACs occurs chiefly through meetings of the chairs of the OACs. These meetings occur twice yearly and are led by the chair of the EAC. OAC chairs prepare annual plans of work that are submitted at a fall meeting and annual reports of execution of those plans that are submitted at a meeting in June and then conveyed to the full EAC to reflect the level of effectiveness of the OACs during the year.
EAC Member Responsibilities
A member of the Executive Advisory Committee performs the following roles in support of the governance and policy making process at EASTERN:
- Participates in the three annual committee meetings, reviewing documentation prepared for the meeting and offering advice and insight on the issues placed on the agenda, as well as voting on EAC decisions;
- Brings to the attention of the chair of the EAC and/or the chair of the Membership Subcommittee acting as the keeper of the agenda, or to the attention of the full committee, such questions, issues and proposals as the member thinks will contribute to the health of the school and its governance;
- Serves as chair or member of one or more subcommittees at the mutual discretion of the member and the chair of the EAC.
Members of the EAC are experienced leaders in their organizations within the community served by EASTERN. They are asked to bring to their roles understanding of both the occupational environment within that community as it shapes the needs for new high school graduates with specific knowledge and skills, and of the factors that contribute to successful leadership, governance, and policy-oriented decision making in human resource organizations. As a strategically oriented body, the EAC seeks members who can bring experience with and a commitment to strategic planning in their business and community work.