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

July 27, 2020

At its June 26-27, 2020, virtual meeting, 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.) 

Initial Accreditation-Classification of "Accredited" granted following a virtual site visit (with an on-site visit to be conducted within a reasonable timeframe)

A. University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry Professional Optometric Degree Program (2028). The program was granted the status of Accredited, effective as of April 26, 2020, 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. 

Continuing Accreditation-Classification of "Accredited" continued following a full site visit:

A. Chillicothe/Columbus VA Residency in Ocular Disease & Primary Eye Care, which is affiliated with The Ohio State University College of Optometry (2028). 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.  

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 in Part All residents are not evaluating all core faculty on a semi-annual basis. (1.5.3)
II. Curriculum Met 
III. Administration Met 
IV. Faculty Met
V. Residents Met in Part The residency's publications, advertising and resident recruitment materials are not consistent across all media. (5.1.3)
VI. Resources and Facilities Met



B. Clayton Eye Center Residency in Primary Eye Care/Emphasis in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry (2028). 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.

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 in Part The program has not made modifications following annual reviews.  (1.6)
II. Curriculum Met in Part Consistent recording of the resident's patient encounters, including diagnosis and level of care, is not occurring. (2.2.1)

The supervision policy does not utilize a process of progressively increasing responsibility based on demonstration of clinical competence. (2.3)
III. Administration Met 
IV. Faculty Met
V. Residents Met in Part

The NOVA website does not reflect the requirement that the applicant's OD degree must be obtained at an ACOE accredited college of optometry. (5.1.1).

 The resident's orientation does not include written information on clinical practice protocols. (5.3.1)  

The resident's orientation does not include written information on the program's academic calendar, including the significant deadlines for program requirements. (5.3.9)  

The resident's orientation does not include written information on criteria used to assess resident performance. (5.3.10)

VI. Resources and Facilities Met


C. Pennsylvania College of Optometry Residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation (2028). 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.

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 in Part The resident does not evaluate all core faculty semi-annually. (1.5.3)
II. Curriculum Met in Part Resident logs are not accurate representations of amount and types of patient encounters. (2.2.1)
III. Administration Met 
IV. Faculty Met
V. Residents Met in Part Residents' overall assignments are in excess of the described 40-44 hours per week and paid leave is not accurately represented in published materials. (5.1.3)
VI. Resources and Facilities Met

D. Pennsylvania College of Optometry Residency in Pediatric Optometry/Vision Therapy (2028). 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.

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 in Part The resident is not evaluating all core faculty. (1.5.3)
II. Curriculum Met in Part The log is not an accurate representation of patient encounters. (2.2.1)

Current requirements outlined in the Supervision Policy regarding the co-signing of charts are not consistently met. (2.3)
III. Administration Met 
IV. Faculty Met
V. Residents Met in Part The program's paid leave, duration of program, work hours and didactic requirements are not consistently represented in publicly available documents. (5.1.3)

VI. Resources and Facilities Met

E. Pennsylvania College of Optometry Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease (2028). 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.

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 in Part Residents do not evaluate all core faculty. (1.5.3)

II. Curriculum Met in Part Resident logs are not accurate representations of amount and types of patient encounters. (2.2.1)

III. Administration Met 
IV. Faculty Met
V. Residents Met in Part The program's work hours, required participation in clinical skills lab, paid leave and required attendance for didactic activities are not consistently represented in publicly available documents. (5.1.3)

VI. Resources and Facilities Met

F. Ralph H. Johnson VAMC Residency in Primary Care Optometry, which is affiliated with Southern College of Optometry (2028). 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 optometric residency programs. 

Accreditation withdrawn following submission of progress report:

Albuquerque VA Residency in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with University of Houston, 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.

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 ACOE 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. 

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