Extension Advisory Council

OSU Extension Regionalization - Summary

Who are Extension Advisory Council Members?

Lay-leader involvement is essential and assured by using advisory and program planning committees to identify the needs and interests of clientele and to determine Oregon State University Extension program direction. County Extension Advisory Committees help Extension professionals and Extension administration assess needs, evaluate the overall Extension program, and publicize its effectiveness.

Responsibilities of Members

The County Extension Advisory Committee assists Extension with overall program determination. Responsibilities of the County Extension Advisory Committee members are to:

  • Understand Extension and all phases of its educational programs
  • Understand that Extension's programs are based on the needs of local citizens and communities, current research and technical information, statewide needs and priorities, and national initiatives.
  • Advise Extension in the development and revision of long-range program plans.
  • Advise Extension in selecting phases of the long-range program to emphasize in the annual program.
  • Advise Extension in setting priorities among new and existing program areas of emphasis for adults and youth, as well as encouraging interdisciplinary efforts.
  • Help Extension put programs into action. This includes attending and participating in educational programs, representing Extension in meetings with other groups and organizations, encouraging audience participation at meetings, and helping to publicize the program.
  • Help Extension evaluate the results of its educational efforts and provide advice that will help determine changes in program emphasis.
  • Help Extension market its mission and vision, purpose, organization, educational programs, operational procedures, and needs.
  • Advise Extension in the development of budget requests and help present these requests to appropriate officials.
  • Help Extension establish and maintain appropriate offices, equipment and other facilities.
  • Help conduct, where appropriate, a program review to determine program priorities for which Extension determines the qualifications for new personnel. Have at least one representative on all interviewing committees.
  • Support new personnel in the community.
  • Provide two-way communication between the County Extension Advisory Committee and County Extension Program Committees, as appropriate.
  • Encourage and consider ways of assuring communications between the County Extension Advisory Committee and the State Extension Citizen Advisory Network.
  • Help integrate and coordinate all Extension programs into a single unified Extension program.
  • Help build and maintain cooperation and involvement of appropriate agencies, organizations, groups, and individuals with Extension.
  • Review local facts, research and census date, public policy, and other information to ensure the mission and vision of Extension and the interests and needs of clientele are represented in Extension programming on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, age, disability or Vietnam-era veteran status.
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