Basis for ACOE Decisions-March 14, 2017

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. 10-12, 2017 winter 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.)  

Initial Accreditation — Classification of "Accredited" granted to the following programs following a full evaluation visit:

A.  Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University Residency in Neuro-Ophthalmic Disease (2024). 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. 

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

A. Bennett and Bloom Eye Centers Residency in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Indiana University School of Optometry (2024). 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 V. Updated November 2017: based on the annual report, 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 findings related to compliance with the 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
III. Administration Met Affiliation agreement is not signed by the program and the affiliate. (3.1) MET 10 2017
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met The residency manual is not accurate as to application deadlines and requirements. (5.1.3) MET 10 2017

Expected weekly hours of resident attendance plus on call duties are not accurately published. (5.2.2) MET 10 2017

VI. Resources and Facilities Met   


B. Bedford VAMC, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with New England College of Optometry (2024). 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. Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center Residency in Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with The Ohio State University, College of Optometry (2024). 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 V. Updated November 2017: based on the annual report, 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 findings related to compliance with the 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
III. Administration Met   
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met Eligibility criteria allows for applicants who have received an O.D degree from an optometry school that is a non-ACOE-accredited program. (5.1.1) MET 10 2017

Policies and details regarding the residency program's on-call duties are not presented clearly and consistently throughout all published program materials. (5.2.2) MET 10 2017

VI. Resources and Facilities Met   

D. Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, Professional Optometric Degree program (2024). 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, V and VIII. Updated July 2018: based on the annual report, the Council has determined that the 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 standard.

Summary of findings related to compliance with the ACOE Professional Optometric Degree Accreditation Standards: 

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals and Objectives Met   
II. Curriculum Met Patient care experiences prior to externship rotations are lacking in certain areas. (2.8) MET 06 2018
III. Research and Scholarly Activity Met
IV. Governance, Regional Accreditation, Administration and Finances Met   
V. Faculty Met The amount of faculty resources available is minimally adequate to cover the program's needs. (5.1) MET 06 2018
VI. Students Met
VII. Facilities, Equipment and Resources Met   
VIII. Clinic Management and Patient Care Policies Met Resources available to specialty services are insufficient to ensure support of the program’s mission, goals, and objectives. (8.1) MET 06 2018


E.  Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University Residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy (2024). 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 V. Updated July 2017: based on a progress report submitted by the program, the Council has determined that the 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 findings related to compliance with the 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
III. Administration Met   
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met All sources of information do not list Saturday hours accurately. (5.2.2) MET 06 2017
 
The websites do not accurately present the most current information regarding the start date of the residency. (5.3.8) MET 06 2017
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   

F. University of Missouri-St. Louis, College of Optometry Professional Optometric Degree program (2024). 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 March 2018: based on a progress report submitted by the program, the Council has determined that the recommendations have been met. The program 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 standard.   

Summary of findings related to compliance with the ACOE Professional Optometric Degree Accreditation Standards: 

Standard Level of Compliance Reason for met in part or not met
I. Mission, Goals and Objectives Met   
II. Curriculum Met Lack of signed affiliation agreements with some externship sites. (2.10) MET 02 2018

No established criteria for selection of externship sites. (2.10.1) MET 02 2018
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


G. VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center Residency in Ocular Disease and Low Vision Rehabilitation, which is affiliated with Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University (2024). 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 progress report:

A. Philadelphia VAMC Residency in Primary Care Optometry, which is affiliated with Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
 
*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.

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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.