Recent ACOE accreditation actions

July 27, 2020

At its June 26-27, 2020, virtual meeting, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) took the following actions: (Note: Date in parenthesis is the date of the next currently scheduled evaluation visit to the programs. Depending on the outcomes of annual reports, progress reports, interim visits, substantive program changes and other significant events affecting a program, the Council may decide to schedule a full on-site evaluation visit before the original accreditation period is complete. The accreditation period is eight years for professional optometric degree, optometric residency and optometric technician programs.) 

  1. Preaccreditation Actions: None
  2. Initial Accreditation: Classification of "Accredited" granted following a virtual site visit (with an on-site visit to be conducted within a reasonable timeframe)
    1. University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry Professional Optometric Degree Program Initial accreditation awarded as of April 22, 2020. (2028)

  3. Continuing Accreditation: Classification of "Accredited" continued following a full site visit:
    1. Chillicothe/Columbus VA Residency in Ocular Disease & Primary Eye Care, which is affiliated with The Ohio State University College of Optometry (2028); 
    2. Clayton Eye Center Residency in Primary Eye Care/Emphasis in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry (2028);
    3. Pennsylvania College of Optometry Residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation (2028);
    4. Pennsylvania College of Optometry Residency in Pediatric Optometry/Vision Therapy (2028);
    5. Pennsylvania College of Optometry Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease (2028);
    6. Ralph H. Johnson VAMC Residency in Primary Care Optometry, which is affiliated with Southern College of Optometry (2028).
  4.   Reconsideration of Accreditation Denial: None 
  5.   Withdrawal of accreditation by ACOE*

    Albuquerque VA Residency in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with University of Houston, College of Optometry
    *A decision to withdraw accreditation is not final until the ACOE appeals process has been exhausted, or until 30 days from notification to the program of the action to withdraw accreditation.

  6.   Voluntary withdrawal of accreditation: None

Basis for ACOE decisions

Consistent with the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) policy, the ACOE publishes the following information about accreditation and pre-accreditation decisions:

  • The type of program (professional optometric degree, optometric residency or optometric technician);
  • The program's sponsor, and in the case of an optometric residency not sponsored by a school or college of optometry, the name of the affiliated optometric institution;
  • Accreditation status or action;
  • The year of the next currently scheduled site visit; and
  • The Council's summary of compliance with the standards, which specifies the Council's basis for any final decision. Updates to the summary of compliance will be published in subsequent reports of ACOE meeting actions when the ACOE determines that the standards are met.

July 27, 2020

At its June 26-27, 2020, virtual meeting, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) took the following actions: (Note: Date in parenthesis is the date of the next currently scheduled evaluation visit to the programs. Depending on the outcomes of annual reports, progress reports, interim visits, substantive program changes and other significant events affecting a program, the Council may decide to schedule a full on-site evaluation visit before the original accreditation period is complete. The accreditation period is eight years for professional optometric degree, optometric residency and optometric technician programs.) 

Initial Accreditation-Classification of "Accredited" granted following a virtual site visit (with an on-site visit to be conducted within a reasonable timeframe)

  1. University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry Professional Optometric Degree Program (2028). The program was granted the status of Accredited, effective as of April 22, 2020, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program fully meets the eight standards for professional optometric degree programs. 

Continuing Accreditation-Classification of "Accredited" continued following a full site visit:

  1. Chillicothe/Columbus VA Residency in Ocular Disease & Primary Eye Care, which is affiliated with The Ohio State University College of Optometry (2028). The program was granted the status of  Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program is required to report on its progress related to recommendations to meet Standards I and V.  

    Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
    I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met in Part All residents are not evaluating all core faculty on a semi-annual basis. (1.5.3)
    II. Curriculum Met 
    III. Administration Met 
    IV. Faculty Met
    V. Residents Met in Part The residency's publications, advertising and resident recruitment materials are not consistent across all media. (5.1.3)
    VI. Resources and Facilities Met
  2. Clayton Eye Center Residency in Primary Eye Care/Emphasis in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry (2028). The program was granted the status of  Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program is required to report on its progress related to recommendations to meet Standards I, II and V.
    Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2017 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards
    Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
    I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met in Part The program has not made modifications following annual reviews.  (1.6)
    II. Curriculum Met in Part Consistent recording of the resident's patient encounters, including diagnosis and level of care, is not occurring. (2.2.1)

    The supervision policy does not utilize a process of progressively increasing responsibility based on demonstration of clinical competence. (2.3)
    III. Administration Met 
    IV. Faculty Met
    V. Residents Met in Part The NOVA website does not reflect the requirement that the applicant's OD degree must be obtained at an ACOE accredited college of optometry. (5.1.1).

     The resident's orientation does not include written information on clinical practice protocols. (5.3.1)  The resident's orientation does not include written information on the program's academic calendar, including the significant deadlines for program requirements. (5.3.9)  The resident's orientation does not include written information on criteria used to assess resident performance. (5.3.10)
    VI. Resources and Facilities Met
  3. Pennsylvania College of Optometry Residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation (2028). The program was granted the status of  Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program is required to report on its progress related to recommendations to meet Standards I, II and V.
    Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2017 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards
    Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
    I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met in Part The resident does not evaluate all core faculty semi-annually. (1.5.3)
    II. Curriculum Met in Part Resident logs are not accurate representations of amount and types of patient encounters. (2.2.1)
    III. Administration Met 
    IV. Faculty Met
    V. Residents Met in Part Residents' overall assignments are in excess of the described 40-44 hours per week and paid leave is not accurately represented in published materials. (5.1.3)
    VI. Resources and Facilities Met
  4. Pennsylvania College of Optometry Residency in Pediatric Optometry/Vision Therapy (2028). The program was granted the status of  Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program is required to report on its progress related to recommendations to meet Standards I, II and V.
    Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2017 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards
    Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
    I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met in Part The resident is not evaluating all core faculty. (1.5.3)
    II. Curriculum Met in Part The log is not an accurate representation of patient encounters. (2.2.1)

    Current requirements outlined in the Supervision Policy regarding the co-signing of charts are not consistently met. (2.3)
    III. Administration Met 
    IV. Faculty Met
    V. Residents Met in Part The program's paid leave, duration of program, work hours and didactic requirements are not consistently represented in publicly available documents. (5.1.3)
    VI. Resources and Facilities Met
  5. Pennsylvania College of Optometry Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease (2028). The program was granted the status of  Accredited, based on the Council's determination that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. The program is required to report on its progress related to recommendations to meet Standards I, II and V.
    Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2017 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards
    Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
    I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met in Part Residents do not evaluate all core faculty. (1.5.3)
    II. Curriculum Met in Part Resident logs are not accurate representations of amount and types of patient encounters. (2.2.1)
    III. Administration Met 
    IV. Faculty Met
    V. Residents Met in Part The program's work hours, required participation in clinical skills lab, paid leave and required attendance for didactic activities are not consistently represented in publicly available documents. (5.1.3)
    VI. Resources and Facilities Met

Notice of programs with accredited with conditions status or withdrawal of accreditation.

ACOE notice of programs with accredited with conditions status

The classification of "Accredited with Conditions" is granted to an educational program with major deficiencies or weaknesses with reference to the standards of accreditation. This classification indicates that the educational effectiveness of the program is in jeopardy.

Currently, no programs are "Accredited with Conditions."

ACOE notice of withdrawal of accreditation

The ACOE publishes on this page programs from which it has withdrawn accreditation within the last eight years. The publication includes the date that the program withdrawal was final, a statement of the reason(s) for which the ACOE withdrew accreditation, and any statement the program may wish to make.

Albuquerque VA Residency in Ocular Disease

The decision to withdraw the accreditation of the Residency in Ocular Disease at the Albuquerque VA, which is affiliated with University of Houston College of Optometry, became final on August 23, 2020. The program lost all faculty members in June 2019. In the progress report provided to the ACOE in May 2020, the program reported that the majority of the faculty, including a residency coordinator, have not been replaced. The program also reported a hiring freeze, preventing timely replacement of the program faculty. The Council considers the loss of faculty and coordinator, without rapid replacement, a major loss of resources. In accordance with requirements from the U.S. Department of Education, the ACOE must take adverse action and withdraw accreditation due to the program’s major loss of resources.  The Council, therefore, withdraws accreditation from the Albuquerque VA Residency in Ocular Disease effective on August 23, 2020. [This notice posted Sept. 2, 2020.]

Oklahoma Eye Institute residency in ocular disease

The decision to withdraw the accreditation of the Residency in Ocular Disease at the Oklahoma Eye Institute, which is affiliated with the Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry, became final on Dec. 11, 2019. The reason for withdrawal of accreditation is that the program was dormant for its third year, with no resident enrolled since 2016-2017. [This notice posted Jan. 9, 2020.]

*The program did not provide any statement.

Philadelphia VAMC residency in primary care optometry

The decision to withdraw accreditation effective July 1, 2017, from the Residency in Primary Care Optometry at the Philadelphia VAMC, which is affiliated with the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University became final on April 9, 2017. The reason for withdrawal of accreditation was that the program was found to be out of compliance with standard 4.2 for 18 months, and the deadline for compliance was Dec. 27, 2016. The program was required to show evidence in a progress report that it met the following recommendation: "The coordinator and faculty must have the autonomy and clinical care authority to train the resident according to the program's mission, goals and objectives. (4.2)" Although some steps have been taken to address the recommendation, the Council found upon review of the program's progress report that the recommendation remains unmet, and it was not clear from the progress report how long the program expects the rest of the credentialing and privileging process for the faculty and coordinator to take. In accordance with requirements from the U.S. Department of Education, the ACOE must take adverse action and withdraw accreditation for non-compliance with standard 4.2. The Council, therefore, withdraws accreditation from the Philadelphia VAMC Residency in Primary Care Optometry effective following the end of the current residency year, on July 1, 2017. [This notice posted May 8, 2017.]

*The program did not provide any statement.

Archive of previous accreditation action reports

Archive of Accreditation Actions 2020.03.24
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2019.11.12
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2019.07.22
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2019.03.22
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2018.11.13
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2018.07.23
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2018.03.13
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2017.11.28
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2017.07.21
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2017.03.14
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2016.11.22
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2016.08.01
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2016.03.22
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2015.12.01
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2015.07.27
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2015.03.23
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2014.11.18
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2014.07.28
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2014.03.11
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2013.11.15
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2013.07.29
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2013.03.19
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2012.11.30
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2012.07.30
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2012.03.20
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2011.11.22
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2011.07.18
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2011.03.22
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2010.11.23
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2010.07.19
Archive of Accreditation Actions 2010.03.30

Definitions

Pre-Accreditation Classification: In the case of a program which is not fully operational, the Council may grant the pre-accreditation status of preliminary approval following satisfaction by the program of the requirements for initial application in Chapter 4 and the Council's review of an evaluation team report following a site visit.

Preliminary Approval: A pre-accreditation classification granted to a professional optometric degree program that has clearly demonstrated it is developing in accordance with Council standards. The program has approval to begin student recruitment, selection and admissions and to begin offering the program. The Council shall review the preliminary approval classification annually during the first three academic years of the program through written reports and/or site visits as deemed necessary by the Council. A request for accreditation status shall be made not less than 12 months prior to graduation of the program's first class. As required by the USDE, the Council will not grant pre-accreditation status to a program for longer than five years. When the Council awards preliminary approval to a program or at any time during the Council's monitoring of a program holding preliminary approval status, the ACOE may issue recommendations or specify conditions for monitoring, which must be attained in order to maintain the pre-accreditation status.

Accreditation Status: The ACOE may decide to grant one of the two following accreditation statuses to a program following adoption of the evaluation team report and recommendations. Accreditation status may be lowered or revoked if the Council determines that the program is not making sufficient progress on recommendations from the Council.

Accredited: A classification granted to an educational program indicating that the program generally meets the standards for accreditation. This classification indicates that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program. However, recommendations relating to marginal compliance with certain standards, and suggestions relating to program enhancement may be included in evaluation reports.

Accredited with Conditions: A classification granted to an educational program with major deficiencies or weaknesses with reference to the standards of accreditation. This classification indicates that the educational effectiveness of the program is in jeopardy. Programs with this classification will be required to submit progress reports and shall undergo a full on-site evaluation visit within a prescribed period of: one year for programs that are less than one year in length; 18 months for programs that are at least one year in length but less than two years in length; and two years for programs that are more than two years in length.

Accreditation manuals containing information on the ACOE's policies and procedures may be found in the Accreditation Resources section.

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