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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 […]

ASCO Annual Meeting Coincides with Association’s 75-Year Anniversary

ASCO Annual Meeting Coincides with Association’s 75-Year Anniversary

The Board of Directors of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) met in Boston in June and elected its Executive Committee for fiscal year 2016-2017. The Executive Committee members are: President ‒ Dr. Karla Zadnik, Glenn A. Fry Professor of Optometry and Physiological Optics and Dean, The Ohio State University College of […]

ASCO Celebrates 75 Years

ASCO Celebrates 75 Years

On June 29, 1941, in Atlantic City, N.J., the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry held its first meeting. At that time ASCO comprised seven schools: the College of Optometry of Ontario, Columbia University, Los Angeles School of Optometry, The Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State College of Optometry, Southern College of Optometry, and the […]

Progress on ASCO’s Strategic Plan

Progress on ASCO’s Strategic Plan

The ASCO Strategic Planning Committee continues to meet throughout the year, most recently in Boston in July. Led by ASCO President Dr. Karla Zadnik (OSU), the Committee is guiding the Board of Directors through the year-long process. In addition to Dr. Zadnik as Chair, the Committee members are Dr. Jennifer Coyle (PUCO), Dr. David Damari […]

ASCO Bestows 2016 Special Recognition Awards

ASCO Bestows 2016 Special Recognition Awards

On June 29, 2016, during its Annual Leadership Luncheon, ASCO presented four Special Recognition Awards. The recipients: Lifetime Achievement Award : Dr. Morris Berman, Provost, Marshall B. Ketchum University Industry Leadership Award: R. Mike Daley, CEO, The Vision Council Rising Star Award: Dr. Nicole Ross, Assistant Professor of Optometry at the New England College of […]

Number of Optometry School Applicants Increases

Number of Optometry School Applicants Increases

ASCO reported a 3.0% increase in the number of applicants to the schools and colleges of optometry compared to the same period last year. In the 2015-2016 application cycle, a total of 13,620 applications were submitted by 2,812 applicants. OptomCAS, the Optometry Centralized Application Service, received the highest number of applications ever — an increase […]

ASCO Student Affairs Officers Meet in Minneapolis

ASCO Student Affairs Officers Meet in Minneapolis

The ASCO Student Affairs Officers met in Minneapolis, Minn., on June 15 during the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) national meeting to discuss many relevant issues, including ASCO activities, OptomCAS, and the effort to further develop a robust, diverse and highly qualified national applicant pool. The American Optometric Association and American […]

Current ASCO Student Data Report Now Available

Current ASCO Student Data Report Now Available

ASCO’s Annual Student Data Report for Academic Year 2015-2016 was released in July. The report indicates that the total number of full-time students in the 21 professional OD programs enrolling students during academic year 2015-2016 in the 50 United States and Puerto Rico is 6,900, an increase of 1.5% compared with last year and 13.9% […]

Free Printed Materials Available from the National Eye Health Education Program

Free Printed Materials Available from the National Eye Health Education Program

The National Eye Health Education Program has generously provided some of its printed materials to be distributed to ASCO member schools, clinics, SIGs, etc. The materials are free, but you pay for shipping (via FedEx). Materials available are: Diabetic Eye Disease – An Educators Guide (English version), minimum 44 per box Diabetic Eye Disease – […]

Optometrist Noted as Fast-Growing Job

Optometrist Noted as Fast-Growing Job

Optometrist tied with Hearing Aid Specialist on a recent list of “The 20 Fastest Growing Jobs in America” from Forbes. The list is based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data, which Forbes used to predict which jobs would have the highest growth between 2014 and 2024.