Topic 1: Definition of educator and practitioner

Excerpt from USDE Staff Analysis

-- The agency needs to have a clear written policy that requires it to have an adequate representation of both educators, and practitioners, as it makes its selections for all site teams. In addition, the written policy needs to indicate what the agency uses to designate a person to serve in one category, as distinguished from the other. [§602.15(a)(4)]

 ACOE Proposed changes to address topic 1:

That the Council accepts the proposed definitions of educator and practitioner to be distributed to the community of interest for comment:

Practitioner-someone directly engaged in the practice of optometry in a setting that is primarily devoted to patient care (or who has retired within the last two years from the practice of optometry)

 Educator-for professional optometric degree programs and residencies, someone directly engaged in education at a school or college of optometry (e.g., professor, instructor, academic dean) (or who has retired within the last two years from optometric education); for optometric technician education programs, someone engaged in education at an optometric technician program, or who has retired within the past two years from an optometric technician program.

 Following adoption of the definitions for educator and practitioner, the definitions will be added to the glossaries of the ACOE Accreditation Manuals.  The ACOE Accreditation manuals currently state:  "Each evaluation team shall include at least one educator and one practitioner."  The ACOE staff will also formalize the current practice by developing a written procedure for the appointment of evaluation teams, which specifies that each must include at least one educator and one practitioner.

 Please review the above proposed policy change and send any comments you might have by no later than January 27, 2014 via email to accredit@aoa.org; mail to Joyce Urbeck, ACOE Administrative Director, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Floor 1, St. Louis. MO 63141; or fax to 314/991-4101.

The ACOE will consider the comments received and the adoption of the policy at the ACOE Winter Meeting on February 7-9, 2014.