ASCO News

DC Monuments are Backdrop for ASCO Annual Meeting

DC Monuments are Backdrop for ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO Ushers in New President as Fiscal Year Begins The ASCO Board of Directors held its Annual Meeting in Washington, DC last month. President Karla Zadnik led the first day of the two-day meeting which included updates on ASCO’s Strategic Plan, a development effort she has been leading for a year and a half. On […]

ASCO’s New Executive Committee Elected

ASCO’s New Executive Committee Elected

ASCO’s Board of Directors elected its Executive Committee for fiscal year 2017-2018. They are: President, David A. Damari, Dean, Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University; President-Elect, Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe, Founding Dean, Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry; Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. John Flanagan, Dean, University of California at Berkeley, School of Optometry; At-Large […]

ASCO Academic Affairs Committee Event for Students at 2017 Academy

ASCO Academic Affairs Committee Event for Students at 2017 Academy

The ASCO Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) will once again partner with the American Academy of Optometry for a session at the 2017 Chicago Academy meeting designed for students interested in research career paths in academia or industry. Entitled “ASCO-AAO Optometry and Graduate Student Session: Exploring Academic and Research Career Options,” the session is slated for […]

New ASCO Strategic Plan Approved

New ASCO Strategic Plan Approved

ASCO’s leadership, including volunteers at all levels of the organization along with staff, has been hard at work for the last year and a half developing a comprehensive Strategic Plan for the organization, the first such plan in 14 years. The goal has been to create a plan that is flexible enough to address changes, […]

First-Year Enrollment Increases 5 Percent

First-Year Enrollment Increases 5 Percent

First-year, full-time enrollment in regular OD programs at optometry schools and colleges grew by 5.2% in 2016-2017 to reach 1913, up from 1818 the year before, according to the 2016-17 Annual Student Data Report published in May 2017 and updated in June by ASCO.  Contributing to this growth was an increase in the number of […]

ASCO Continues to Promote the Inspiring Future ODs Program

ASCO Continues to Promote the Inspiring Future ODs Program

ASCO staff were on hand at the AOA exhibit hall to promote the Inspiring Future ODs Program. The Inspiring Future ODs program is an educational effort that encourages Doctors of Optometry and students to speak to prospective students and community members about optometry as a rewarding future career. Those who registered for the program onsite […]

ASCO Sees a Decrease in Applicants in 2016-2017

ASCO Sees a Decrease in Applicants in 2016-2017

ASCO experienced a 4.4% decrease in applicants compared to the previous application cycle. There were 2,687 applicants who submitted a total of 13,339 applications. For applications, OptomCAS experienced a 2.1% decrease in applications submitted compared to last year. On average, applicants applied to 4.96 schools and colleges. A full report on the 2016-2017 application cycle […]

ASCO Student Affairs Officers Meet in Washington

ASCO Student Affairs Officers Meet in Washington

The ASCO Student Affairs Officers met in Washington on June 19 during the American Optometric Association (AOA) meeting to discuss a variety of issues, including ASCO strategic planning, OptomCAS and the effort to further develop a robust, diverse and highly qualified national applicant pool. Staff from the American Dental Association (ADA) were on hand to […]

Judith Gertzog Joins ASCO for Summer

Judith Gertzog Joins ASCO for Summer

by Judith Gertzog, ASCO intern Judith Gertzog joined ASCO’s team in late May. Judith is entering her sophomore year at the University of Michigan where she plans to pursue majors in public health and public policy. Hoping to gain experience in the non-profit world and passionate about public health and policy related issues, Judith is […]

Record Number of Attendees Rate the 2017 Faculty Development Program a Success

Record Number of Attendees Rate the 2017 Faculty Development Program a Success

ASCO held its seventh biennial Summer Institute for Faculty Development (SIFD) on July 9-12 in St. Louis. This year’s program was co-chaired by Dr. Janice Scharre, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs of Salus University, and Dr. Tiffenie Harris, Associate Professor of the Western University College of Optometry, served as co-chairs for this year’s […]