Call for Comments on Proposed Changes

Call for comment on proposed revisions to ACOE Professional Optometric Degree Program Standards

At the June 24-27, 2015 Annual Meeting, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) accepted the draft of the professional optometric degree standards for distribution to the community of interest for comment.  The ACOE welcomes any interested party to submit written comments concerning these proposed standards by September 30, 2015.  Two versions of the standards are provided-one with "track changes" to show the modifications to the existing standards and a "clean" draft which shows the proposed wording of the standards.  In addition, the ACOE welcomes comments on the terms in the glossary as currently defined and invites suggestions for other terms in the standards that should be included in the glossary.  This call for comments was also distributed via memo.

Please submit any comments or suggestions to:

Joyce Urbeck
ACOE Director
243 N Lindbergh Blvd Floor 1
St. Louis, MO  63141-7881
FAX:  314-991-4101

The ACOE's Professional Optometric Degree Committee  will review the input received from this call for comments and present a second draft of these standards to the ACOE for consideration at its October 2015 meeting.  At that time, the Council will consider whether the standards are ready to be adopted, or if significant changes are made, a second draft will be distributed with another call for comments.  The ACOE is committed to obtaining as much feedback as is useful in developing standards that best reflect attributes of a professional optometric degree program designed to meet the needs of the public.  When the standards are adopted, a date when the new standards become effective will be set.

This call for comments was posted on August 11, 2015.