Basis for ACOE Decisions

Consistent with Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (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 Oct. 11-13, 2019, meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) 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, optometric residency and optometric technician programs.)

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

A. Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University (2027). 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. SSM Health Davis Duehr Dean Eye Care Residency in Anterior Segment and Contact Lenses, which is affiliated with Illinois College of Optometry (2027). 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.

Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2017 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards:

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met
II. Curriculum Met in Part The patient encounter logs do not include whether each patient encounter was direct, precepting, or observational. (2.2.1) 
III. Administration Met 
IV. Faculty Met
V. Residents Met in Part Published materials are not consistent in wording of the program mission statement and the requirements for attendance at continuing education meetings. (5.1.3)
VI. Resources and Facilities Met

C. University of Houston College of Optometry Residency in Brain Injury Vision Rehabilitation (2027). 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. University of Houston College of Optometry Residency in Ocular Disease (2027). 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. VA Connecticut Health Care System, Newington Campus Residency in Primary Eye Care - Department of Veterans Affairs, which is affiliated with New England College of Optometry (2027). 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. VA New Jersey Healthcare System Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with State University of New York College of Optometry (2027). 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.

G. VA Puget Sound Health Care System, American Lake Division Residency in Primary Eye Care / Geriatric Optometry, which is affiliated with Pacific University, College of Optometry (2027). 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.

Summary of findings related to compliance with the 2017 ACOE Residency Accreditation Standards:

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals, Objectives and Program Improvement Met
II. Curriculum Met in Part The program does not follow a supervision policy that results in graduated levels of responsibility with the resident made aware of the levels and independence associated with each level at orientation. (2.3)  
III. Administration Met 
IV. Faculty Met
V. Residents Met in Part Inconsistent completion requirements among published websites, specifically the ORMatch website states a paper of potentially publishable quality as a completion requirement which is not a requirement for completion. (5.1.3)
VI. Resources and Facilities Met

 

H. Womack Army Medical Center Residency in Primary Eye Care, which is affiliated with Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry (2027). 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. 

Accreditation withdrawn following submission of annual report:

A. Oklahoma Eye Institute Residency in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry*

*A decision to withdraw accreditation is not final until the ACOE appeals process has been exhausted, or until 30 days from notification to the program of the action to withdraw accreditation.