2017-18 CAFES Advisory Council Guidelines
A Summary of Advisory Council Member Roles and Responsibilities
The advisory council advances the mission of the College/Department by providing consultation with and connection to industry and other external organizations, assistance with program development, and advancement.
The advisory council will consist of industry leaders and donors, as well as members of the public sector and academia.
- The council will be composed of 10-35 members
- The Dean or Department Head will select an advisory council chair in consultation with the Advisory Council
- The Dean or Department Head in consultation with the chair(s) will identify and invite members to participate on the council. Formal invitations to serve will come from the Deans Office
- The council may include co-chairs, invited by the Dean or Department Head in consultation with the advisory council chair.
Primary Responsibilities Include:
Time and Active Participation
- Participate in two advisory council meetings per year
- Attend or participate in two of four consecutive meetings
- Serve on working groups
- In addition to advisory council meetings, council members are encouraged to visit Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, at least once per year to meet with faculty and students and to participate in the activities of the College/Department.
- At the end of each academic year, the Advisory Council Chair will contact all Council members who failed to attend both Advisory meetings to determine level of ongoing interest
- Demonstrate industry knowledge, expertise and experience relevant to the Department’s or College’s mission
- Acquire a broad awareness and knowledge of College or Departmental strengths, opportunities and needs
- Consult with College and Departmental leadership on their vision, mission, key initiatives and content areas, with an interest in facilitating faculty and student engagement
- Identify and secure opportunities for faculty to engage with industry as well as internships and recruitment opportunities for students
- Identify opportunities for industry professionals to participate in classes and public programs and to showcase their work and expertise with faculty and students
- Inspire interest and confidence among potential supporters
- Participate actively in advancement efforts by assisting with referrals and introductions to individuals, foundations and corporations
- Make the College or Department one of your top three personal or professional philanthropic interests.
- Advisory Council members shall serve three-year terms, as will the Council Chair
- Advisory Council Chairs may be renewed for one additional term (two terms max)
- At the conclusion of each term, the Dean or Department Head will evaluate their respective advisory council members and, in consultation with the chair of the advisory council, determine if membership is to be renewed. For non-renewed members, Emeritus status may be granted.
- The category of “Council Member Emeritus” will be granted to current or former members who have served with distinction, engaged in major volunteer or advocacy activities, held an important leadership role, or made or continues to make a significant contribution to the College and/or Department objectives.
- At the conclusion of each term, the Dean or Department Head will evaluate their respective advisory council Emeritus members and, in consultation with the chair of the advisory council, determine if membership is to be renewed
- Emeritus members shall serve three (3) year renewable terms for as long as they remain active.
- A Council Member Emeritus shall not be subject to any attendance policy nor entitled to vote at any council meeting, and will be deemed a consultative resource depending on the issues facing the council.
- Active Council Member Emeritus will receive periodic College and/or Department updates.