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
Please note: With the pandemic-imposed shift to working remotely, in March 2020, OISE Council meetings shifted to an online format, which has had a positive impact on attendance and engagement given the increased accessibility of virtual meetings.
For the 2022-2023 academic year, OISE’s senior leadership decided to maintain the virtual format for governance meetings to support the diversity of faculty, students, and staff who serve on OISE Council and its Committees.
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 2022-2023 (mark your calendars!):
October 26, 2022
December 14, 2022
February 22, 2023
April 26, 2023
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.