Basis for ACOE Decisions-Aug. 1, 2016

Consistent with 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.


Definitions

At its June 29-July 2, 2016 annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education 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 and optometric residency programs and seven years for optometric technician programs.)  

1. Preaccreditation Actions—Classification of "Preliminary Approval" granted following a full evaluation visit:

None

2.  Initial Accreditation

Classification of "Accredited" granted to the following programs following a full evaluation visit:

A. Clay-Rhynes Eye Clinic Residency in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry (2024). 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. Updated March 2017, November 2017 and March 2018: based on progress reports and annual reports, the Council has determined that all recommendations have been met. The program fully meets the six standards for residency programs. The month and year behind the reason for met in part or not met denotes when the program met the standard. 

Summary of Compliance with ACOE Residency Standards

Standard

Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives, Outcomes, and Program Improvement Met
II. Curriculum Met
III. Administration Met  

IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met Not all published materials represent an accurate description of the program type. (5.1.3) MET 02 2017

The written orientation materials do not include a supervision policy. (5.3.2) MET 10 2017

The written orientation materials do not include an infection control policy specific to the CREC. (5.3.3)  MET 02 2018

The written orientation materials do not include a facility safety policy for the CREC. (5.3.4) MET 10 2017
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   


B. Indianapolis Eye Care Center Residency in Primary Care
which is affiliated with Indiana University School of Optometry (2024). 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 III and V. Update November 2016: based on an annual report submitted by the program, the Council has determined that the recommendations have been met. The program now fully meets the six standards for residency programs. The month and year behind the reason for met in part or not met denotes when the program met the standard.

Summary of Compliance with ACOE Residency Standards

Standard

Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives, Outcomes, and Program Improvement Met
II. Curriculum Met
III. Administration Met Requirements for residency completion not clearly and comprehensively established. (3.6) MET 10 2016

IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met Accurate requirements for residency completion not published. (5.2.6) MET 10 2016
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   


C. James A. Haley Veterans Hospital Residency in Primary Eye Care/Brain Injury Vision Rehabilitation
which is affiliated with Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University (2024).  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 fully meets the six standards for residency programs.   

D. Northwest Eye Care Professionals Residency in Pediatric Optometry/Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation
which is affiliated with Pacific University, College of Optometry (2024). 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 fully meets the six standards for residency programs.   

E. Santa Fe Indian Health Service Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease
which is affiliated with Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University (2024). 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 fully meets the six standards for residency programs.   

F. Virginia Eye Consultants Residency in Ocular Disease/Ocular and Refractive Surgery
which is affiliated with Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University (2024). 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 III. Updated March 2017: based on a progress report submitted by the program, the Council has determined that the recommendations have been met. The program now fully meets the six standards for residency programs. The month and year behind the reason for met in part or not met denotes when the program met the standard.

Summary of Compliance with ACOE Residency Standards

Standard

Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives, Outcomes, and Program Improvement Met The faculty who interact with the resident at least one day per week are not evaluated by the resident. (1.5.3) MET 02 2017
II. Curriculum Met
III. Administration Met The program does not participate in a formal clinical quality assurance process. (3.5) MET 02 2017

IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   


Classification of "Accredited With Conditions" granted to the following program following a full evaluation visit:

G. MCPHS University School of Optometry Professional Optometric Degree program (2018). The program was granted the status of Accredited With Conditions based on the Council's determination that the program has major deficiencies or with reference to the standards and indicates that the educational effectiveness of the program is in jeopardy. The program is required to submit reports on its progress related to the recommendations to meet Standards I, III, IV, V, VI and VIII and shall undergo a full on-site evaluation within no more than two years. Updated November 2016, March 2017, November 2017 and July 2018: based on progress reports submitted by the program, the Council has determined that the recommendations have been met. The month and year behind the reason for met in part or not met denotes when the program met the standard. 

Summary of compliance with ACOE Professional Optometric Degree Standards

Standard

Level of Compliance Reason for Met in Part or Not Met

I. Mission, Goals and Objectives Met The program has not effectively used its assessment of outcomes measures to improve timely progression through the program and its performance on the National Board examinations. (1.3) MET 06 2018
II. Curriculum Met  
III. Research and Scholarly Activity Met The program does not engage in research and scholarly activity. (3.1) (from 2015; deadline for compliance is June 24, 2017.) MET 10 2016

The program does not clearly specify the percentage of a faculty member's FTE that represents research and scholarly activity. (3.1) MET 02 2017
IV. Governance, Regional Accreditation, Administration, and Finances Met

The program does not have a permanent Dean or Associate Dean for Clinical Programs in place. (4.1) MET 10 2016

V. Faculty Met The program does not yet have on board the full complement of faculty members it has determined are necessary to meet its mission and goals. (5.1) MET 06 2017

The program does not allocate sufficient time for faculty to enhance their skill and leadership abilities in education, service, research and scholarly activity. (5.3) (from 2014: deadline for compliance was June 28, 2016, but time frame to come into compliance extended until January 2, 2017 for good cause) MET 02 2017
VI. Students Met The program has not always followed University procedures for investigating, adjudicating, and resolving student complaints. (6.6.2) MET 10 2016
VII. Facilities, Equipment and Resources Met

 

VIII. Clinic Management and Patient Care Policies Met The program does not maintain complete privileging documentation for all clinical faculty. (8.2.2) MET 10 2017


3.  Continuing Accreditation


Classification of "Accredited" continued following a full evaluation visit:

A. Appelbaum Eye Care Associates PC Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitative Optometry, which is affiliated with Southern College of Optometry (2024). The program's status of Accredited was continued, 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 six standards for residency programs.   

B. Battle Creek VAMC Residency in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Ferris State University Michigan College of Optometry (2024). 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 II and V. Updated March 2017: based on a progress report, the Council determined that all recommendations are met. The program fully meets the six standards for residency programs. The month and year behind the reason for met in part or not met denotes when the program met the standard. 

Summary of Compliance with ACOE Residency Standards

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met   
II. Curriculum Met The program does not have a detailed and clear resident supervision policy. (2.3) MET 02 2017
III. Administration Met   
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met There is no clearly accessible, written policy on the counseling, remediation, and dismissal of optometry residents. (5.3.5) MET 02 2017
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   


C. Center for the Partially-Sighted Residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation, which is affiliated with Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University (2024). 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 Standard I. Updated March 2017: based on a progress report submitted by the program, the Council determined that the recommendation is met. The program fully meets the six standards for residency programs. The month and year behind the reason for met in part or not met denotes when the program met the standard. 

Summary of compliance with ACOE Residency Standards

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met Resident is not completing evaluations of faculty with whom they interact at least weekly. (1.5.3) MET 02 2017
II. Curriculum Met
III. Administration Met   
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met   
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   

D. Chinle Service Unit Indian Health Service Residency in Primary Care/Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University (2024). 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. Updated November 2016: based on the annual report submitted by the program, the Council has determined that the recommendations have been met. The program now fully meets the six standards for residency programs. The month and year behind the reason for met in part or not met denotes when the program met the standard.

Summary of compliance with ACOE Residency Standards

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met The resident does not evaluate all faculty with whom the resident interacts at least weekly. (1.5.3) MET 10 2016
II. Curriculum Met
III. Administration Met   
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met The program's published recruitment materials show inconsistencies in program goals and objectives. (5.1.3) MET 10 2016
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   


E. Eye Center of Toledo Residency in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Ohio State University, College of Optometry (2024). 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 II, III and V. Updated March 2017: based on a progress report submitted by the program, the Council has determined that the recommendations have been met. The program now fully meets the six standards for residency programs. The month and year behind the reason for met in part or not met denotes when the program met the standard.

Summary of compliance with ACOE Residency Standards

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met   
II. Curriculum Met

Patient logs do not include whether care is direct, observation or precepting (2.2.1). MET 02 2017

No documented self-assessment and quality assurance program for the resident (2.4.4). MET 02 2017

III. Administration Met The residency does not participate in a formal clinical quality assurance program (3.5) MET 02 2017
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met Resident's orientation does not include written information on infection control. (5.3.3) MET 02 2017
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   


F.  New England College of Optometry Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses (2024). 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 Standard V. Updated March 2017: based on a progress report submitted by the program, the Council has determined that the recommendations have been met. The program now fully meets the six standards for residency programs. The month and year behind the reason for met in part or not met denotes when the program met the standard.

Summary of compliance with ACOE Residency Standards

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met   
II. Curriculum Met
III. Administration Met   
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met

Published information about on-call duties is not accurate. (5.1.3) MET  02 2017

The written information provided to the residents regarding the supervision policy does not accurately reflect the program's practices regarding credentialing. (5.3.2) MET 02 2017

VI. Resources and Facilities Met   

G. Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock Residency in Primary Care Optometry, which is affiliated with Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University (2024). The program's status of Accredited was continued, 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 six standards for residency programs.   

H. Robert J. Dole VAMC Residency in Primary Eye Care/Low Vision, which is affiliated with University of Missouri, St. Louis, College of Optometry (2024). 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 Standard V. Updated March 2017:  based on a progress report submitted by the program, the Council has determined that the recommendation has been met. The program now fully meets the six standards for residency programs. The month and year behind the reason for met in part or not met denotes when the program met the standard.

Summary of compliance with ACOE Residency Standards

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met   
II. Curriculum Met  
III. Administration Met   
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met Not all publications contain the most up-to-date information regarding the residency program. (5.1.3) MET 02 2017
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   


I. State University of New York College of Optometry Residency in Primary Eye Care (2024). The program's status of Accredited was continued, 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 six standards for residency programs.   

J. Tallahassee VAOPC Residency in Primary Eye Care which is affiliated with Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry (2024). 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, III and V. Updated March 2017: based on a progress report submitted by the program, the Council has determined that the recommendations have been met. The program now fully meets the six standards for residency programs. The month and year behind the reason for met in part or not met denotes when the program met the standard.

Summary of compliance with ACOE Residency Standards

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met Second evaluation of program by resident not completed. (1.5.1) MET 02 2017
II. Curriculum Met
III. Administration Met Reporting relationship of the External Program Coordinator not clear. (3.3) MET 02 2017
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met Requirement for applicants to receive OD degree before matriculation not published. (5.1.1) MET 02 2017
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   


K. The Eye Care Center of New Jersey, PA Residency in Ocular Disease/Primary Care, which is affiliated with Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University (2024). The program's status of Accredited was continued, 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 six standards for residency programs.   

L. TLC Eyecare of Michigan Residency in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Ferris State University Michigan College of Optometry (2024). The program's status of Accredited was continued, 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 six standards for residency programs.   

M. University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Optometry Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses (2024). 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 Standard II. Updated March 2017: based on a progress report submitted by the program, the Council has determined that the recommendation has been met. The program now fully meets the six standards for residency programs. The month and year behind the reason for met in part or not met denotes when the program met the standard.

Summary of compliance with ACOE Residency Standards

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met   
II. Curriculum Met Written supervision policy is not based on demonstrated clinical competency. (2.3) MET 02 2017
III. Administration Met   
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met   
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   


N. University of Missouri, St. Louis, College of Optometry Residency in Cornea & Contact Lenses (2024). The program's status of Accredited was continued, 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 six standards for residency programs.   

O. University of Missouri, St. Louis, College of Optometry Residency in Pediatrics/Binocular Vision (2024). 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 II and V. Updated March 2017 and November 2017: based on progress and annual reports submitted by the program, the Council has determined that the recommendations have been met. The program now fully meets the six standards for residency programs. The month and year behind the reason for met in part or not met denotes when the program met the standard.    

Summary of compliance with ACOE Residency Standards

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met   
II. Curriculum Met There is no written supervision policy. (2.3) MET 02 2017
III. Administration Met   
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met The orientation materials do not include a written supervision policy. (5.3.2) MET 10 2017
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   


P. University of Montreal, École d Optométrie Professional Optometric Degree program (2024). The program's status of Accredited was continued, 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.   

Q. VA Central California Health Care System Residency in Primary Care Optometry, which is affiliated with University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry (2024). The program's status of Accredited was continued, 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 six standards for residency programs.   

R. VA Maine Health Care System - Togus Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with New England College of Optometry (2024). The program's status of Accredited was continued, 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 six standards for residency programs.   

S.  VA Health Care Center, Wyoming MI Residency in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Ferris State University Michigan College of Optometry (2024). 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 Standard V. Updated March 2017: based on a progress report submitted by the program, the Council has determined that the recommendation has been met. The program now fully meets the six standards for residency programs. The month and year behind the reason for met in part or not met denotes when the program met the standard.

Summary of compliance with ACOE Residency Standards

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met   
II. Curriculum Met
III. Administration Met   
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met The goals and objectives that are published in recruitment materials are not what is being followed. (5.1.3) MET 02 2017
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   


T. Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, Fayetteville Residency in Primary Eye Care and Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry (2024). The program's status of Accredited was continued, 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 six standards for residency programs.   

U. West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center Residency in Geriatrics/Primary Care Optometry, which is affiliated with Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University (2024). 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 Standard II. Updated March 2017: based on a progress report submitted by the program, the Council has determined that the recommendation has been met. The program now fully meets the six standards for residency programs. The month and year behind the reason for met in part or not met denotes when the program met the standard.

Summary of compliance with ACOE Residency Standards

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met   
II. Curriculum Met The supervision policy lacks specifics on how the residents are afforded progressively increasing responsibility based upon demonstrated clinical competence. (2.3) MET 02 2017
III. Administration Met   
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met   
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   


Classification of "Accredited with Conditions" granted following a full evaluation visit:

None
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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 Accreditation Council on Optometric Education 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 Condition — 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. 

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