Program advisory committees

Program Advisory Committees (PAC) advise Durham College’s (DC) program leaders on a wide range of topics that directly impact the success of students and graduates. PAC members include: employers, graduates, business and industry leaders, and representatives from professional and accrediting bodies and agencies.

Role of Program Advisory Committees

PACs advise on a broad range of topics such as:

  • Graduate skills – Provide guidance on the competencies and skills required by graduates
  • Employment prospects – Recommend and advise on student placements, including those in graduating classes for suitable part-time, summer or full-time permanent positions
  • Work integrated learning – Suggest and support experiential educational opportunities in industry, including field placements; clinical experience; co-operative experiences; and study abroad opportunities
  • New program development – Provide advice on opportunities to introduce new programs in response to the needs of a specific profession, industry or sector
  • Curriculum – Provide content suggestions for inclusion in the program to maintain program relevancy and currency
  • Program review – Participate in the program review process
  • Research – Provide advice on introducing research into the curriculum and external research prospects
  • Technology – Provide advice on the technological trends and changes in industry
  • Strategic plan – Support the goals identified in DC’s strategic plan
  • Public relations – Promote good relationships with local community and businesses, industry and professional associations
  • Student awards – Assist in the establishment of scholarships, bursaries and awards for DC students
  • Guest speakers – Assist in identifying guest speakers for program courses

Committee members attend two meetings per academic year, and may become involved in subcommittee activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I become a Program Advisory Committee Member?

Appointments to a PAC are made by the Vice President, Academic on the recommendation of the program’s Executive Dean/Dean.

What kind of time commitment is required?

Committee members can expect to spend approximately 15 to 20 hours per year on their committee involvement.

What is the length of service?

The appointment term is for three years, which is renewable once.