Basis for ACOE Decisions - July 27, 2015

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 24-27, 2015 Annual meeting in Seattle, Washington 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" continued following a full evaluation visit:

A. MCPHS University (formerly known as Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) School of Optometry Professional Optometric Degree Program (2016).  The Council continued the status of preliminary approval, and the ACOE will conduct a site visit in 2016 to consider accreditation since the program will be in its fourth year of operations.  The program is required to report on its progress related to recommendations to meet Standards I, III, V and VIII.  Updated November 2016,  March 2017 and July 2017:  Based on a site visit evaluation and progress reports, the Council has determined that all recommendations have now 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 OD Standards

Standard

Level of Compliance Reason for Met in Part or Not Met
I Mission, Goals and Objectives Met The goals posted on the School's website and specified in the School's strategic plan do not address research and scholarly activity. (1.1.2) MET 07 2016
II Curriculum Met  
III Research and Scholarly Activity Met The program does not engage in research and scholarly activity. (3.1) MET 10 2016
IV Governance, Regional Accreditation, Administration, and Finances Met  
V Faculty Met The program has not hired 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 extended for good cause from June 28, 2016 until January 2, 2017.) MET 02 2017
VI Students Met  
VII Facilities, Equipment and Resources Met  
VIII Clinic Management and Patient Care Policies Met Insufficient clinical faculty with expertise in the optometric specialties including specialty contact lenses, low vision and pediatric vision care to provide a base line clinical experience to meet the program's mission, goals and objectives.  (8.2.3.) MET 07 2016


2 . Initial Accreditation granted to the following programs following a full evaluation visit:

A.  Associated Eye Care Residency in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Illinois College of Optometry (2023). 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.  

B.  Audie Murphie  Memorial VA Hospital Residency in Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry(2023).   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. 

C.  Havener Eye Institute Residency in Contact Lens and Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with The Ohio State University, College of Optometry (2023).  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.  Updated March 2016:  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 

There are not assessable objectives for each goal (1.3) MET 02 2016

Only two written (one verbal) performance evaluations are provided to the resident. (1.5) MET 02 2016

II Curriculum Met  The written supervision policy does not provide for progressively increasing responsibility based upon demonstrated clinical competence. (2.3) MET 02 2016
III Administration Met  
IV Faculty Met   
V Residents Met 

The program does not publish admissions eligibility criteria that includes the requirement that applicants attain the OD degree from an ACOE-accredited institution prior to matriculation. (5.1.1) MET 02 2016

The program does not provide to the resident written information on due process related to adverse decisions as part of the resident's orientation (5.3.7) MET 02 2016

VI Resources and Facilities Met   

  

D.  Micheal E. DeBakey VA Medical Center Residency in Primary Eye Care, which is affiliated with University of Houston, College of Optometry (2023).  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 IV. Updated March 2016 and March 2017:  Based on progress reports submitted by the program, 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

The clinical privileges and the eye care Service Agreement have the potential to limit professional autonomy. [3.2] MET 02 2017

The Residency Coordinator does not have dedicated administrative time for the program.  [3.4] MET 02 2016

IV Faculty Met The clinical privileges have the potential to limit professional autonomy. [4.2] MET 02 2017
V Residents Met  
VI Resources and Facilities Met   


E.  Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas Residency in Vision Rehabilitation/Vision Therapy/Pediatric Vision Care, which is affiliated with Southern College of Optometry (2023).  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.  Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry Residency in Vision Rehabilitation (2023).  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 the recommendation to meet Standard III.  Updated March 2016:  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  
II Curriculum Met   
III Administration Met  The MOU between NSUOCO and the Oklahoma School for the Blind is outdated.(3.1)  MET 02 2016
IV Faculty Met   
V Residents Met   
VI Resources and Facilities Met   

G.  Optometry Center for Vision Therapy Residency in Vision Therapy and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation, which is affiliated with the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry (2023).  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 2016:  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   
II Curriculum Met  The resident's patient care experience does not fulfill the mission related to diagnosis and treatment of pediatric ocular disease. (2.2) MET 02 2016
III Administration Met  
IV Faculty Met   
V Residents Met  Published materials do not accurately reflect the program's duration. (5.2.1) MET 02 2016
VI Resources and Facilities Met   

H. Toyos Clinic Residency in Refractive and Ocular Surgery, which is affiliated with Southern College of Optometry (2023).  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. 

I.  Triad Eye Medical Clinic Residency in Ocular Disease and Refractive and Ocular Surgery, which is affiliated with Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry (2023).  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 the recommendation to meet Standard II.  Updated March 2016:  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, Outcomes, and Program Improvement Met   
II Curriculum Met  Incomplete patient logs (2.2.1)  MET 02 2016
III Administration Met  
IV Faculty Met   
V Residents Met  
VI Resources and Facilities Met   

J.  Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Residency in Primary Eye Care/Brain Injury Vision Rehabilitation, which is affiliated with University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry (2023).  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. 

3.  Continuing Accreditation

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

A. Bay Pines VA Medical Center Residency in Primary Eye Care, which is affiliated with Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry (2023).  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.  Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics Residency in Pediatric Optometry, which is affiliated with University of Missouri-St. Louis, College of Optometry (2023).  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 is required to report on its progress related to the recommendation to meet Standard III.  Updated March 2016:  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, Outcomes, and Program Improvement Met   
II Curriculum Met   
III Administration Met The written agreement between the affiliate and the sponsor is not current. (3.1)  MET 02 2016
IV Faculty Met   
V Residents Met  
VI Resources and Facilities Met   

C.  Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center Residency in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with The Ohio State University, College of Optometry (2023).  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 is required to report on its progress related to recommendations to meet Standards II and  III.  Updated March 2016:  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   
II Curriculum Met Insufficient student precepting encounters to meet program's objective. (2.2) MET  02 2016
III Administration Met  Quality assurance process does not meet stated procedure. (3.5) MET 02 2016
IV Faculty Met   
V Residents Met   
VI Resources and Facilities Met   



D.  Illinois College of Optometry Residency in Cornea and Contact Lens Management (2023). 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. 

E.  Illinois College of Optometry Residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation and Ocular Disease (2023).  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. 

F.  Orlando VA Medical Center Residency in Primary Eye Care, which is affiliated with Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry (2023).  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. 

G.  Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center Residency in Primary Care Optometry, which is affiliated with Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University (2023).  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 is required to report on its progress related to recommendations to meet Standards II, III and IV.  Updated November 2016:  Based on progress and annual reports submitted by the program, the Council has determined that four recommendation have been met.  The month and year behind the reason for met in part or not met denotes when the program met the standard.  The program is required to report on its progress relating to the recommendation to meet Standard IV.

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 The resident's involvement in patient care does not fulfill the residency's mission, goals and objectives through the quality, volume and clinical exposures at the PVAMC. (2.2)  MET 10 2016 The restriction on prescribing privileges prohibits the resident from gaining the necessary skills that lead to advanced competency in the diagnosis and management of complex ocular disease. (2.4.1) MET 10 2016
III Administration Met

The organizational structure at the PVAMC is not clearly defined. (3.2) MET 02 2016

The residency coordinator does not have dedicated time to ensure the adequate administration of the program. (3.4)  MET 10 2016

IV Faculty Met in Part The coordinator and faculty do not have the authority to prescribe topical steroids or oral medications for the treatment of ocular disease. (4.2)
V Residents Met  
VI Resources and Facilities   

H. University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry Optometry Residency Program (2023).  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. 

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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 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 which are less than one year in length; 18 months for programs which are at least one year in length but less than two years in length; and two years for programs which 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.