Colorado Public Radio's Community Advisory Board (CAB) meets 3-4 times a year to help ensure that Colorado Public Radio is meeting the educational and cultural needs of the communities served by the station.
The CAB has as its purpose strategic analysis and possible answers to the broad question of how CPR can better serve its stakeholders. A wide range of topics may be available for discussion. These may be relevant to programming, fundraising or general organizational issues.
The composition of the CAB is intended to be reasonably representative of the diverse needs and interests of the community. A community’s interests may be driven by a number of factors, including ethnicity, economic variation, gender considerations, political preferences, age, and the geography of the areas served by the station among others.
Members are selected by the Nominating and Governance Committee of the CPR governing Board of Directors, on recommendations from staff and current CAB members. Each CAB member will serve for a term of two years, with the possibility, subject to invitation, of serving a second such term. After one year following the expiration of the second term, a member may be reappointed to the board.
The CAB meets throughout the year on a quarterly basis. Efforts are made to provide a call-in opportunity for those who cannot be physically present. Materials may be supplied to members in advance of any meeting, to help them become familiar with the matters to be discussed and to be more effective in the discussions.
From time to time, members may be given the opportunity to join a task force charged with doing specific work that will ultimately be brought to CPR's Board of Directors. Task force jobs will be designed so that they can be completed in a meeting or two. It is hoped that certain skill sets of individual members may make their role in any given task force both important and enjoyable, but participation is optional.
The CAB works toward specific outcomes. Although the Board may determine its own “areas of interests” to explore, and upon which to make recommendations to the governance board - generally, the CAB will consider those issues brought to it by CPR staff. It is understood that staff has been directed to work closely with the CAB, and to provide any information required by the Board in making its determinations.