Call for Comments on Proposed Changes

The ACOE welcomes comments from any interested party on the following topic:

Proposed New Standards 4.7 and 4.7.1 in the Standards for Professional Optometric Degree Programs

At its October 12-14, 2018 Fall meeting, the ACOE reviewed the standards for professional optometric degree programs in relation to financial support of schools and colleges of optometry from sponsors. As part of the review, the ACOE also considered standards from other disciplines relating to financial support. Following discussion, the ACOE accepted the draft below for distribution to the community of interest for comment of proposed new standards 4.7 and 4.7.1 in the standards for professional optometric degree programs which became effective July 1, 2017. The ACOE welcomes any interested party to submit written comments concerning these proposed standards. Please review the proposed draft standards and send any comments you might have via email to accreditation@aoa.org or to the St. Louis office address below by no later than December 17, 2018.

DRAFT

4.7 The program must ensure that support from outside entities does not compromise the teaching, clinical and research components of the program.

Examples of evidence:

  • Written agreements(s)
  • Contracts between the institution/program and sponsor(s) (For example: contract(s)/agreement(s) related to facilities, funding, faculty allocations, etc.) 

4.7.1 The authority and responsibility for matters relating to curriculum, student selection, faculty selection and administration must rest within the program. 

The ACOE will consider comments received and adoption of the proposed standards at the ACOE Winter Meeting on February 22-24, 2019.  If the Council proposes major changes to the draft Standards 4.7 and 4.7.1, the changes will be distributed to the community of interest for comment prior to adoption.  When adopted, the standards will be posted on the ACOE web site.  

Please review the proposed draft standards and send any comments you might have by no later than December 17, 2018 via email to accreditation@aoa.org or to:

Joyce Urbeck, ACOE Director
Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Floor 1
St. Louis, MO 63141

This call for comments was posted on November 2, 2018 and was also sent to the community of interest via memo.