Revelstoke Advisory Committee

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR OKANAGAN COLLEGE REGIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES

Purpose

The purpose of the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) is to provide each Regional Dean with advice about community needs on Okanagan College's (OC's) programs and services and promote good communication between the College and the community it serves.

Organization

There will be one RAC, for Shuswap, Revelstoke, North Okanagan, Central Okanagan and South Okanagan-Similkameen regions.

Regional Advisory Committees (RAC) will be organized in keeping with the needs of the campus and activities it supports. Depending upon levels of activity and need, community-based sub-committees may be established by the Regional Advisory Committee.

The Regional Dean in consultation with the RAC will recommend the structure and sectoral representation of the committee to the Vice President Education. The Regional Dean, Board Members and Continuing Studies Manager for the region will be ex officio members. Board members will be voting members of the committee. Effort should be made to include education, health, trades and technology representatives as will as representatives from other sectors of siginificance to the region. Each RAC should include representation from all parts of the region and the relevant Student Association Executive who will be invited to have a student representative serve on the RAC. Appointments may be made at any time during the year for an initial term of one year, followed by renewable two-year terms.

Operating protocols will be established by each RAC. There shall be at least four meetings annually. In keeping with OC's annual routine, the following will be reviewed: the comprehensive regional education plan, including credit, non-credit and partnership programming; the budget; fund raising priorities and foundation objectives; Board update and regional communications.

Roles and Responsibilities

1.   To advise Okanagan College on the comprehensive educational and development needs of students and of the region in general.

2.   To review and provide advice in areas of planning and policy issues from a regional perspective.

3.  To work with the Okanagan College Foundation in support of fund raising activies to benefit the region and the institution.

4.   To communicate and promote Okanagan College activities and interests within the region.

5.   To help identifiy partnership opportunities within the region.

6.   To participate in search committees and evaluation processes for the Regional Dean as requested.

7.   To recommend to the Vice President Education, through the Regional Dean, ongoing membership of the Regional Advisory Committee.

8.   To identify and participate in the development of special projects.

9.   To adhere to policies of the Board and to operate in keeping with the standards of the institution.

10. To participate in Okanagan College promotional and lobbying activities at the request of the Board.

11.  To provide an annual report to the Vice President Education on the Regional Advisory Committee's activies and interests.

12. To maintain communication with other Regional Advisory Committees.

OC RAC members do not have responsibility for operational or administrative matters such as human resource issues, curriculum development, teaching methods, student and staff evaluation, financial and management decisions or budget allocation. As individuals, RAC members do not speak on behalf of the RAC. RACs do not communicate directly with government ministries.


Revelstoke Regional Advisory Committee

Membership of the Revelstoke Okanagan Advisory Committees shall be comprised of individuals with a diversity of experience and expertise. They should have a passion for supporting and promoting post-secondary education in the Revelstoke region. Membership should include represientation from the Revelstoke Okanagan region as a whole and include employers, professional and trade associations, other education institutions, social and government agencies, and business and industry. If possible, and as appropriate, the Revelstoke Okanagan Regional Advisory Committee shall try to maintain representation on the Committee from the following groups such as:

1.   Revelstoke community leader(s)
2.   City of Revelstoke municipal representative
3.   School District #19
4.   School Board member
5.   Interior Health representative
6.   Revelstoke Mountain Resort representative
7.   Community Futures Development Corporation representative
8.   BC Hydro representative
9.   Downie / Forestry representative
10. Early Childhood Representative
11. Student representative
12. Chamber of Commerce/Tourism and Hospitiality representative
13. Seniors representative
14. Social agencies / Community Connections
15. OC Shuswap / Salmon Arm representative(s)
16. CP Rail representative