Basis for ACOE Decisions-Nov. 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 Oct. 21-23, 2016 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.)  

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

A. Children's Hospital Colorado Residency in Pediatric Specialty Care, which is affiliated with Southern 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. 

B. Draisin Vision Group Residency in Vision Therapy and Pediatric Optometry, which is affiliated with Southern 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 Standards III and V. Updated March 2017: 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 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, Outcomes, and Program Improvement Met
II. Curriculum Met
III. Administration Met Professional liability insurance was not in place until December 2015.  (3.7) MET 02 2017

IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met It is not clear whether Saturday hours are an educational activity or optional employment. (5.2.2) MET 02 2017
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   


C. Gundersen Health System 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 I, II and V. Updated March 2017 and July 2017: based on progress reports 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, Outcomes, and Program Improvement Met The program does not evaluate the resident in writing. (1.5.4) MET 02 2017
II. Curriculum Met The written curriculum does not include the didactic and scholarly elements of the program. (2.1) MET 02 2017
III. Administration Met
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met The resident's orientation to the program does not include written information, including an academic calendar that indicates significant deadlines for program requirements. (5.3.8) MET 02 2017

The program does not have a system for the maintenance of records related to receiving, adjudicating, and resolving resident complaints. (5.4) MET 06 2017
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   

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

A. Indiana University School of Optometry Residency in Primary Eye Care (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. 

B. Lexington VAMC Residency in Ocular Disease/Low-Vision Rehabilitation, 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 fully meets the six standards for residency programs.

C. Memphis VAMC Residency in Primary Eye Care, which is affiliated with Southern 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.

D. Ohio Eye Alliance 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 Standards II and V. Updated March 2017 and November 2017. Based on progress and annual reports 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 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 The resident does not communicate and collaborate with other professionals to assure that appropriate resources are utilized for well-coordinated patient care. (2.4.3) MET 02 2017
III. Administration Met   
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met The resident's orientation does not include written information on the clinical practice protocols. (5.3.1) MET 10 2017
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   


E. University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences 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 a recommendation to meet Standard V. Updated March 2017. 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 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 Health benefits are not accurately published in all places. (5.2.4) MET 02 2017
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   


F. VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven Campus Residency in Ocular Disease/Low-Vision Rehabilitation, 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.

G. Woolfson Eye Institute Residency in Refractive and Ocular Surgery/Ocular Disease, which is affiliated with Southern 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 a recommendation to meet Standards II and V. Updated March 2017 and November 2017. Based on progress and annual reports 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 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 The diagnoses are not consistently tracked on all resident patient logs. (2.2.1) MET 02 2017
III. Administration Met   
IV. Faculty Met   
V. Residents Met The written infection control policy is not provided to residents during orientation. (5.3.3) MET 10 2017

The written facility safety policies are not provided to residents during orientation. (5.3.4) MET 10 2017
VI. Resources and Facilities Met   



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Definitions

Pre-Accreditation Classification

In the case of a program that 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.