ERIC Number: ED200136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Regional Plan for Optometric Education in the West.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.
A regional plan for optometric education in the western United States is summarized. Central to the plan is the development of cooperative programs among the region's three schools, the Pacific University College of Optometry, Southern California College of Optometry, and the University of California School of Optometry at Berkeley. A plan for the phased implementation of this regional program, which outlines a schedule and budget for a three-year period, is included. The proposed regional plan is composed of four major programmatic components: access and admissions, a cooperative network of off-campus clinical training sites, a manpower program, and institutional resource sharing. Enrollment needs for each state would be examined on the basis of labor needs and educational access. The three schools would share their fourth-year clinical curriculum while at the same time providing services to participating states. Institutional resource sharing would include the following five activities: development of common learning resource materials, implementation of a joint faculty development program, coordination of graduate student recruitment, coordination of library services, and development of advanced educational programs for practitioners. Coordination of the plan would occur at three different levels. A School Coordinating Committee will be responsible for operation of the educational plan, along with policy and procedural issues related to curriculum. State Coordinating Committees will be responsible for implementation/coordination within each state, and a Regional Advisory Committee will provide overall coordination. (SW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Advisory Committees, Budgets, Clinical Experience, College Admission, Cooperative Programs, Employment Opportunities, Faculty Development, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Labor Market, Library Services, Optometry, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Education, Regional Planning, Resource Materials, Shared Services, Student Recruitment
Health Resources Administration, Division of Associated Health Professions, Bethesda, MD 20014.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHHS/PHS), Hyattsville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.