The Council of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) is the highest governing body regarding academic matters that oversees governance activities of the Faculty.
OISE Council and its Standing Committees make decisions about academic policies and priorities for teaching, learning and research at OISE. Council's specific responsibilities could be summarized as follows:
- establish policies regarding academic matters
- establish committees for the conduct of council business
- advise the Dean on academic matters
- approve and regulate standards of admissions
- approve new or changes to the existing academic programs and units
In March 2020, OISE Council meetings moved to an online format, which improved attendance and engagement given the increased accessibility of virtual meetings. For 2023-2024, OISE’s academic leadership decided to alternate the format of Council meetings with both in-person and virtual meetings as suitable (e.g., the December and February meetings will be virtual to eliminate wintertime commute and increase attendance). The Standing Committees may offer hybrid participation options; please check with the relevant Committee Secretary closer to the meeting date to confirm details.
To ensure a positive experience for all members and guests, please review and observe the Participation Guidelines for Virtual Meetings of OISE Council.
All Council meetings take place from 3:00-5:00 p.m. EST on a Wednesday. OISE Council meeting dates for 2023-2024 (mark your calendars!):
October 18, 2023
December 13, 2023
February 21, 2024
April 24, 2024
OISE Council establishes committees for the conduct of council business. The Council has the power to determine their composition and authority, as well as to disestablish them. General procedures and regulations including composition of standing committees are prescribed in the By-laws of the Council (last amended in October 2019). The Council may delegate authority over divisional academic policies to its Standing Committees. Decisions of the Committees of Council must be reported to the Council, either as items of information for minor items, or as recommendations on major changes for the approval of the Council.