Basis for ACOE Decisions-December 1, 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 October 30-November 1, 2015 Fall meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, 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. University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry  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 Standards IV and VIII.  Updated August 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 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  
III Research and Scholarly Activity Met
IV Governance, Regional Accreditation, Administration, and Finances Met The College does not have a staffing plan which demonstrates that sufficient administrators and support staff will be in place. (4.5) MET 07 2016
V Faculty Met 
VI Students Met  
VII Facilities, Equipment and Resources Met  
VIII Clinic Management and Patient Care Policies Met The College does not currently operate a patient care program. (8.1) MET 07 2016


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

A.  SouthEast Eye Specialists Residency in Ocular Disease, 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 is required to report on its progress related to recommendations to meet Standards I, II, III  and V.  Updated November 2016:  Based on progress and annual reports submitted by the program, the Council has determined that the recommendations have been met.  The program now meets the six standards for optometric residency standards. 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 resident does not evaluate the ophthalmologists with whom they work weekly. (1.5.3) MET 02 2016
II Curriculum Met  The written supervision policy provided is not applicable to the practice setting and therefore not being followed. (2.3) MET 02 2016
III Administration Met  There is no quality assurance process in place for the practice. (3.5)  MET 10 2016

IV Faculty Met   
V Residents Met 

The residency publications, advertising and recruitment material are not a completely accurate representation of the program. (5.1.3) MET 02 2016

The requirements for completion differ in the published materials. (5.1.3) MET 02 2016

The clinical practice protocols do not appear to be provided to the resident. (5.3.1) MET 02 2016 

VI Resources and Facilities Met   

3.  Continuing Accreditation

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

A. East New York Diagnostic & Treatment Center Residency in Family Practice/Ocular Disease Optometry, which is affiliated with State University of New York, 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.  Group Health Cooperative Seattle Residency in Primary Eye Care, which is affiliated with Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum 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 fully meets the six standards for residency programs. 

C.  Pacific University College of Optometry Residency in Cornea and Contact Lens (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. 

D.  Southern Eye Associates Residency in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with  Southern 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.  State University of New York, College of Optometry  Residency in 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.  VA Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury Residency in Ocular Disease/Primary Eye Care-Department of Veterans Affairs, which is affiliated with New England 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 III  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 
III Administration Met  Not all the coordinators are available to the resident for administrative issues. (3.4.1) MET 02 2016
IV Faculty Met   
V Residents Met  The non-discrimination policy is only stated in the Memo of Affiliation between the VA and NECO. This information needs to be made public by print and electronic means. (5.1) MET 02 2016
VI Resources and Facilities 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 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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