Advisory committees are effective ways to help connect universities and colleges to their environments. An advisory committee is a collection of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills which augment the knowledge and skills of the formal board of directors in order to more effectively guide the organization.

The advisory committee plays an important public relations role as well as providing program staff with a fresh perspective on programmatic issues.

An advisory Committee is a body that provides non-binding strategic advice to the management of a corporation, organization, or foundation. The informal nature of an advisory board gives greater flexibility in structure and management compared to the Board of Directors.