Basis for ACOE Decisions-March 22, 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 Feb. 19-21, 2016 winter meeting in Alexandria, Virginia, 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:

A. Midwestern University College of Optometry-Illinois Professional Optometric Degree Program (2017). The Council granted the status of preliminary approval. The program has approval to begin student recruitment, selection and admissions, and to begin offering the program. The ACOE will conduct a site visit in 2017 (if the first class is enrolled in 2016). The program is required to report on its progress related to recommendations to meet Standard II. Updated August 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 eight standards for professional optometric degree programs seeking preliminary approval status. 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 for Programs Seeking Preliminary Approval

Standard

Level of Compliance Reason for Met in Part or Not Met
I. Mission, Goals and Objectives Met
II. Curriculum Met Projected minimum number of patient encounters is low. (2.7) MET 07 2016
III. Research and Scholarly Activity Met
IV. Governance, Regional Accreditation, Administration, and Finances Met
V. Faculty Met 
VI. Students Met  
VII. Facilities, Equipment and Resources Met  
VIII. Clinic Management and Patient Care Policies Met 

3.  Continuing Accreditation

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

A. Aran Eye Associates Residency in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Nova Southeastern 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 a recommendation to meet Standard II. Updated November 2016: based on the annual 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 Patient log does not include level of involvement. (2.2.1)  MET 10 2016
III. Administration Met  

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

B. Braverman Eye Center Residency in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Nova Southeastern 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 a recommendation to meet Standard II.  Updated November 2016: based on the annual 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 written patient logs do not differentiate between precepting and direct patient care with respect to the resident's level of involvement in patient care (2.2.1)  MET 10 2016
III. Administration Met   
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met   
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   

C. Indiana University School of Optometry Residency in Cornea and 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.   

D. Malcom Randall VAMC 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.   

E. Pacific University College of Optometry Professional Optometric Degree Program (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 VI and VII. Updated July 2017 and November 2017: based on progress reports submitted by the program, the Council determined that both recommendations have been met. The program now fully meets the eight standards for professional optometric degree programs. The month and year behind the reason for met in part or not met denotes when the program met the recommendation.  

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  
II. Curriculum Met  
III. Research and Scholarly Activity Met  
IV. Governance, Regional Accreditation, Administration and Finances Met  
V.  Faculty Met  
VI. Students Met Policies and procedures pertaining to student grievances and maintaining records pertaining to complaints must be formalized. (6.6.2) MET 06 2017
VII. Facilities, Equipment and Resources Met Growing information technology needs of faculty, staff and students have not been addressed. (7.3) MET 10 2017
VIII. Clinic Management and Patient Care Policies Met  

F. Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses (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 a recommendation to meet Standard V. Updated August 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 and Program Improvement Met  
II. Curriculum Met  
III. Administration Met  
IV. Faculty Met  
V. Residents Met Program's published accreditation statement does not conform to ACOE guidelines. (5.1.3) MET 07 2016
VI. Resources and Facilities Met  

G. Southern College of Optometry Residency in Primary Eye Care (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 Standard II. 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
II. Curriculum Met

The resident's involvement in patient care is not sufficient to provide advanced competency in advanced refractive care. (2.2) MET 10 2016

Resident logs do not include diagnoses. (2.2.1) MET 10 2016

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

H. University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry Professional Optometric Degree 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 eight standards for professional optometric degree programs.     

I. University of Houston College of Optometry Residency in Low-Vision Rehabilitation (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.     

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

A. US Army Eye Specialist Course (Technician) (2017). The program was granted the status of Accredited with Conditions, based on the Council's determination that the program has major deficiencies or weaknesses 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 recommendation to meet Standard II and shall undergo a full on-site evaluation within no more than one year.

Summary of compliance with ACOE Optometric Technician Standards:

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives Met   
II. Curriculum Met in Part Due to the large reduction in hours, the USA ESC is no longer equivalent to one academic year in length. (2.1)
III. Administration Met  
IV. Resources and Facilities Met   
V. Students Met  


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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 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.