DIMP 2.0

Part II. Progress to Date The SWOT analysis performed by the DIMP 2.0 subcommittees and climate survey data identified areas of growth, and opportunities for improvement when reviewing the goals of the last master plan, and the TFRE report. In the analysis below, “strengths” indicate areas where improvement s were made, while the “weaknesses” refer to areas that need more attention. The number of URM applicants to the professional program has increased significantly o Total enrollment of URM students has increased from 6.3% in 2016 to 11% in 2021 o Initiatives such as SUNY Eye- CARE camp, the “Become an eye doctor” campaign have been successful at raising awareness o The CSTEP program provides clinical and didactic opportunities for URM and socioeconomically disadvantaged students to learn about optometry ▪ The grant for this program has expanded from $540,000 to $940,000, allowing the ability to support students who matriculate into the SUNY Optometry program ▪ The number of CSTEP students matriculating into the SUNY Optometry program has increased significantly (Figure 4) Recruitment of URM students and faculty • Strengths o

Figure 4 – Number of CSTEP students matriculating into SUNY Optometry OD Program

o The PRODiG proposal secured funding for a URM faculty member. One “women in STEM” faculty position was successfully funded • Weaknesses o There has been less progress in the recruitment of URM faculty o There has been minimal progress on the recruitment of URM PhD students

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