Advisors

The President’s charge to the PCCN envisioned the creation of four “Advisory Panels”. The general intent was to ensure the PCCN involved critical expertise and a wide range of stakeholders in the work, recognizing that the PCCN membership, while diverse, did not represent all the perspectives needed.

The structure established by the PCCN has multiple dimensions, including subgroups and analysis teams, and now has approximately 75 people working directly on the project (see here for more information). The PCCN sees considerable additional value in gaining the broad-based perspectives of UM students, faculty, and organizational units, with each bringing a unique and important voice to inform the overall work. Current plans for engaging each of these groups are as follows:

Students

A group of student advisors has been active throughout the process, providing perspectives on Commission-related matters and documents. It was originally conceived that this group would also provide research contributions on specific topic areas – a role that is now being fulfilled through student participation on the internal analysis teams.

Faculty

As originally conceived, the purpose of this group was to provide expert contributions on specific topic areas – a role that is now being largely fulfilled through faculty leadership of the internal analysis teams and through faculty participation on PCCN subgroups. However, the Commission plans to convene a separate, more broadly representative group of faculty to provide feedback and guidance, especially in the later stages of the process when recommendations are taking shape.

Staff

As originally conceived, the purpose of this group was to provide key perspectives, information, and data on specific topic areas – a role that is now being fulfilled through staff collaborations with internal analysis teams. However, the Commission plans to convene a group composed of key administrators to provide perspectives on potential implications for their units and the people who work within them. This group will be engaged in the latter half of the PCCN process, when recommendations are taking shape.

External Experts

The purpose of this group is to provide key perspectives, information and data on specific topic areas. These individuals will constitute a wide range of expertise advising the PCCN and analysis teams throughout the process. Given that each of these individuals will be called upon to share expertise on a specific topic, the PCCN does not envision these advisors meeting as a large group, though bringing together small groups of advisors on specific topics may be warranted.