August 2014

ASCO Board of Directors Meets at AAO Conference, Chicago

ASCO Board of Directors Meets at AAO Conference, Chicago

The ASCO Board of Directors held a full-day meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10 in Chicago, one day before the start of the American Academy of Optometry’s Academy 2017 Conference. The meeting was led by ASCO President Dr. David Damari, Dean of Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. The dean or president (or voting […]

News from ASCO Special Interest Groups

News from ASCO Special Interest Groups

LOW VISION EDUCATORS SIG Met: July 10-12, 2014 at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry in Tahlequah, Okla. Chair: Dr. Tracy Matchinski Attendees: 24 attendees from 19 U.S. and two Canadian schools/colleges and a representative from the Veterans Administration Speakers/Discussion Topics: Dr. Dave Lewerenz, Dr. Swati Modi, Cathy Holden and Lynda Crouch (multidisciplinary work […]

Research Grants Awarded to Educators

Research Grants Awarded to Educators

ASCO and The Vision Care Institute, LLC, an affiliate of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Starter Grants for Educational Research. Grants were awarded to the following research projects: • Impact of Computerized Classroom Test Administration on Student Performance / Dr. Gregory Fecho, Dr. Jamie Althoff […]

ASCO Acts Locally but also Thinks Globally

ASCO Acts Locally but also Thinks Globally

In the broader global context of optometric education, the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) and its members are often asked for curricular assistance, new school planning, faculty exchanges and materials to expand optometric education to areas of the world where optometry is in various stages of development. The International Optometric Education (IOE) […]

Dr. Jennifer Coyle

Dr. Jennifer Coyle

Eye on Education: What was the purpose of the National Eye Care Workforce Study? What were you hoping to find? Why now? Dr. Coyle: The intent was to provide data for the profession to use for assessment and decision-making in a variety of ways. Since the last workforce study, we have experienced a rapid transformation […]

Guide to Outcomes Assessment Updated

Guide to Outcomes Assessment Updated

The ASCO Academic Affairs Committee has updated the Outcomes Assessment Resource Guide for Schools and Colleges of Optometry. The guide is designed to provide a basic orientation to outcomes assessment as well as assist institutions with developing, evaluating or updating their own systems for outcomes assessment. The updated document was shaped by current perspectives on […]

The National Eye Care Workforce Study: Q&A with Leaders in Optometric Education

The National Eye Care Workforce Study: Q&A with Leaders in Optometric Education

ASCO and the American Optometric Association recently released results from their jointly developed National Eye Care Workforce Study. The study was designed to help answer critically important questions about how America’s eye health needs will be met in the next decade and beyond. Among the key findings are that demand for optometric services is increasing […]

OptomCAS Open for 2014-2015 Cycle

OptomCAS Open for 2014-2015 Cycle

OptomCAS, the Optometry Centralized Application Service, launched its sixth application cycle (2014-2015) on July 1 with a new and improved look. In addition, new software allows for a more user-friendly feel and easier navigation for applicants. The service enables applicants to schools and colleges of optometry to use a single web-based application and one set […]

Student Affairs Officers Meet in San Francisco

Student Affairs Officers Meet in San Francisco

The ASCO Student Affairs Officers met in San Francisco on June 25 during the annual meeting of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP). Members discussed a variety of timely issues, including ASCO activities, OptomCAS and financial wellness for optometry students. For the third year in a row, a primary topic of […]

Pro-Optometry Video Gains Supporters

Pro-Optometry Video Gains Supporters

The Allergan Foundation has awarded a competitive Focus Grant to ASCO to support the “Be a Doctor of Optometry: Put Your Future in Focus” video. The Allergan Foundation joins Luxottica in supporting ASCO’s initiative to promote careers in the optometric profession. The video, available on the Association’s YouTube channel and through its website, is the […]