The PAC serves an advisory role for the program and its development. The PAC is usually composed of employers, scholars, or any other external person representing a stakeholder (industry, business, government, and other agencies) with an interest in the quality of the programme’s graduates.
The role of Programme advisory committee includes the following tasks:
• advise, assist, support and advocate the academic programmes.
• provide specifications for a program and help to ensure the quality of program graduates.
• offer suggestions for improvements that will help the program grow and expand.
• plan and carry out program of work that aligns the technical/occupational program with employers’ needs.
• propose suggestions to match the program educational objectives with the needs of the community.
• propose strategies for developing mutual collaborative research programs.
• discuss modifications and adjustments to the program.
• help the program in developing short and long range plans or strategies for future initiatives.
The size and composition of an effective advisory committee should be appropriate to meet the educational, economic, social, and cultural obligations of the program and the college.
The number of persons appointed to an advisory committee should be determined by the committee’s functions, the size of the program, and the size of the community. In many cases, a membership of 6–12 is ideal. The QAC committee should nominate PAC members, who are to be reviewed and approved by department council. The period of nomination is for one year, and updated by the beginning of every academic year.
The PAC committee members should be selected, taking into consideration with the following criteria:
1. Appropriate experience and knowledge in the program area
2. Good standing in the community
3. Awareness of the market needs
4. Commitment to the program improvement.