About Task Force for Program Advancement
The mission of the cross-organizational Task Force on Program
Advancement is "to proactively and collaboratively strengthen
higher education programs in the Human Sciences/Family and Consumer
Sciences (HS/FCS) community. The organizations involved are:
- Board on Human Sciences, National Association of State Universities
and Land-Grant Colleges.
- Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences
- Higher Education Unit and College and University Section, American
Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
- Cooperative Extension Service.
The Task Force strives to fulfill its purpose through such efforts
- Providing experienced assistance to administrators by means
of a list of consultants available to HS/FCS unit leaders, program
coordinators, department heads/chairs, deans, and central administrators
that is available from this website.
- Updating the name of the profession in various databases such
as those of the Chronicle of Higher Education, College
and University Professional Association (CUPA), Library of Congress,
Educational Testing Service/Graduate Record Examination, and others
that identify college and university programs.
- Supporting and encouraging the development of administrators
though workshops such as the Emerging Administrators' Workshops
sponsored by the Board on Human Sciences, the Council of Administrators
of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society
in recent years.
- Investigating and identifying factors leading to viable and
vulnerable units by conducting a survey of campus leaders to determine
criteria that lead to unit advancement and compiling readily available
literature as resources for administrators to use as needed.
- Educating decision makers.
- Stimulating dialogue on issues relevant to the state of the
- Presentations at professional conferences on issues of the
profession & work of the Taskforce.
- Publication of white paper/articles on issues facing HS/FCS
in higher education with responses from different perspectives.
- Encouraging collaboration among the diverse HS/FCS administrative
- Taskforce for Program Advancement efforts
- Joint meetings of two or more organizations
- Creating a database to provide data currently available about
all HS/FCS units and programs whether or not the units or administrators
belong to any HS/FCS organizations. Information in the database
includes program structures, accreditation of program areas, and
contact information for programs/administrators.