Characteristics and influence of advisory committees on program planning in Texas scondary agricultural programs
Barbour, Joseph C.
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To be in accordance with state and federal law, secondary agricultural programs must involve parents, academic career and technical (CTE) teachers, administrators, and local business and industry representatives in an annual evaluation of CTE programs. This group is often referred to as an advisory committee. Little in Texas is known as to what extent Texas secondary agricultural programs are currently utilizing advisory committees to annually evaluate CTE programs. In order to determine what extent advisory committees are being used by secondary agricultural programs, a descriptive study was performed. Data collection took place during the months of January and February 2010 using an online questionnaire developed by researchers at Texas Tech University. The questionnaire was completed by 162 agricultural science teachers in Texas who represent the programs in which they are employed. Findings of this study concluded that agricultural science teachers in Texas believed that the most important functions of an advisory committee was creating a communication link between the program and the community and evaluating the agricultural program. Agricultural teachers who did report utilizing an advisory committee had similar views in regard to the perceived functions of advisory committees on program planning. Overall, most programs in Texas do not currently utilize an advisory committee. The findings of this study have been generalized to include all secondary agricultural programs in Texas.