MSCHE Evaluation Report May 2021

Team Report (Self-Study Evaluation)

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9. The SUNY College of Optometry’s student learning programs and opportunities are characterized by rigor, coherence, and appropriate assessment of student as described in the self-study and Factbook. These characteristics apply across all degree programs. 10. Extensive planning at the SUNY College of Optometry integrates goals for academic and institutional effectiveness as described in the self-study and Factbook. 11. The SUNY College of Optometry has documented financial resources, funding base, and plans for financial development, as shown in the self-study. The institution demonstrates a record of responsible fiscal management, including use of reserves during the Covid-19 pandemic. The SUNY College of Optometry has a prepared budget for the current fiscal year and undergoes annual external financial audit. 12. The SUNY College of Optometry has a clearly disclosed governance structure. 13. The SUNY College of Optometry’s College Council members have no employment, family ownership, or other personal financial interest in the institution. The College Council adheres to a conflict of interest policy. The SUNY College of Optometry president does not serve as the chair of the College Council. 14. The SUNY College of Optometry made complete, accurate, and fair information on all aspects of the institution and its operation available to the Commission. 15. The SUNY College of Optometry has a core of faculty and other professionals who assure the continuity and coherence of the institution’s educational programs.

Section D: Standards for Accreditation

Standard I: Mission and Goals The institution’s mission defines its purpose within the context of higher education, the students it serves, and what it intends to accomplish. The institution’s stated goals are clearly linked to its mission and specify how the institution fulfills its mission.

In the team’s judgment, the institution appears to meet this standard.

This judgment is based on a review of the self-study report, evidence, and interviews with institutional constituencies to clarify information and verify compliance during the self-study evaluation team visit. Summary of Findings The development of the College’s mission statement, institutional values and goals are clearly articulated in their 2018-2023 Strategic plan and highlighted on their website, in their Faculty Handbook and in other College publications. In advancing the Strategic Planning process and the Framework for the Future: Phase I draft, the College President invited his senior executives, faculty, student representatives, and staff into the process of renewing the map to the College’s future. The College’s Strategic Plan 2018- 23, in a very succinct way, carves out its mission with three compelling words: Care, Lead, Advance . In reviewing the plan’s mission, vision and nine goals, it centers on five visionary themes of Student- Centered Experience; Academic Excellence; Service to their Patients and Community; Community and People and Effective Foundational Support. The plan also addresses current educational market influences, external threats and highlight future opportunities. The Faculty Handbook provides each faculty members with comprehensive appreciation of the mission and goals by sharing the current

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