James Wagnon

James Wagnon

About me

Activity

I find that getting advisory board member participation can be challenging. Over the past several years we've taken an evening to have dinner and a tour connected to what we teach. our advisory board members have enjoyed this and participation is steady.

Very good guidance on organizing the board, managing the board overall, and post meeting notes / minutes. While in my case, we have annual advisory meetings, this is good insight into a governing board and how they function. 

When interviewing board members I think the approach of asking if they have the time to dedicate, and the desire to be a vested functioning member is very important. In the past, I've had program advisory members who weren't fully engaged.  

An advisory board can focus on specific areas of need. In my case we are a technical institution that focuses on motor vehicle repair and maintenance. We are required to have a yearly advisory board meeting. What was interesting is the concept of having as advisory board with a broader scope to include things like student retention and new program evaluation.  

The students really come to rely on the Instructor for advice, coaching, mentoring guidance, and so on. I think this is great! My only question is how does an Instructor balance the strict class objectives, and expectations with the human / compassion side? In other words, is it ethical to make acceptations for one student because of the awareness of an issue that is weighing on them, but not for another student? I personally try to weigh this in each instance, but never want to make acceptations “For the sake of retention alone”
After reading some of the posts I see a common theme of student peer groups coming together to help one another. I wonder if a student council could contribute in some way to retention. Maybe through organized mentoring, peer support, outings etc. Seems like there is some opportunity here, any thoughts? Jim Wagnon

End of Content

End of Content