Public Interest Committee

Public Interest Committee (PIC) members advise Council regarding its duty to serve and protect the public interest in carrying out the College’s objects, or purposes. PIC members — who are appointed by the Ministry of Education — are representatives of the public and are not members of the College Council.

The committee met five times in 2015, and reported on its activities at regularly scheduled meetings of Council in March, June and November.

Under the Ontario College of Teachers Act, the committee is required to develop a work plan identifying its priorities, proposed projects and activities during the term of Council. The committee may request information from Council to develop, modify or implement its work plan or to provide advice to Council.

In 2015, the committee reported to Council on items reviewed during the term of the sixth Council. Recommendations based on its findings are currently being considered by Council and its committees. The committee also presented its work plan for the seventh Council in November 2015. Over the next three years, the committee will focus on College governance-related items such as the public appointment process, how reports to the College about incompetence are handled under the teacher performance appraisal process, and how the College will implement the accreditation process related to the enhanced teacher education program.


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