Mission Statement

Our mission is to further the frontiers of primary vision care practice, specialized optometric practice and vision science research through selection of a diverse, excellent and well-balanced faculty and staff and the most promising students whose talents and backgrounds will be diverse and responsive to society; through provision of state-of-the art clinical environments and research laboratories; and through a review process which ensures a dynamic curriculum.

We are committed to providing a program that values curiosity, creative thinking, a humane and ethical orientation, professional integrity and that sustains internationally acknowledged excellence. Our optometry graduates are trained to be primary eye and vision care providers of the 21st century; our residents are trained in the cutting-edge aspects of their chosen specialties; our vision science graduates will advance the knowledge base of vision and eye care and the fundamental bases of vision and vision disorders. In doing so, they advance the practice of clinical optometry and the prevention and remediation of sight threatening disorders. Both clinical and vision science graduates will provide leadership in optometric and ophthalmic programs and at universities throughout the world.

Goals and Objectives

To meet our mission, we further the frontiers of primary vision care practice and the frontiers of vision science research through the following goals and objectives.

(1) To attract an excellent and well balanced and diverse faculty.

Quality of didactic faculty will be assess through research and quality of teaching, publication record; leadership positions on committees, editorial review boards, national and international scientific review committees; number and quality of graduate and post-doctoral students attracted; number of competitive contract and grant awards; participation in scholarly forums, and awards and prizes. Quality of clinical faculty will be assessed by evaluation of clinical competence and specialized clinical expertise and teaching evaluations, clinical reputation locally, nationally and internationally, clinical publications, clinical research activities and sharing of clinical expertise with peers through continuing education.

(2) To attract excellent and dedicated staff.

Staff members will uphold the mission of the School through support of teaching, clinical care and research; staff will be selected to provide maximal customer support.

(3) To attract the most promising and diverse students.

Admitted optometry students must have a high GPA record, excellent OAT scores and show evidence for leadership qualities as well as community involvement and knowledge of the profession.

Admitted vision science students must have a high GPA records, excellent references from prior mentors and commitment to research in eye and vision

(4) To provide state-of-the-art basic science, clinical science & patient care teaching environments.

Didactic and clinical teaching environments shall be constantly upgraded and contain the latest innovations.

(5) To provide state-of-the-art research and research training.

Research training shall be broad and include optics and imaging including fMRI, oculomotor function and disorders, neural mechanisms of perception and psychophysics, biology of the eye related to eye disease, translational research and patient-based research.

(6) To ensure a dynamic and state-of-the-art curriculum.

The curriculum shall be under constant review and revision through the use of standing committees open to input from all constituents.

(7) To foster, in students, a high value on curiosity, creativity, professional integrity and collaboration with other students and faculty members.

Independent learning shall be taught and encouraged; leadership opportunities shall be provided to both optometry and vision science students.

(8) To achieve institutionally and internationally acknowledged excellence and productive scholarship.

Faculty will have successfully funded research programs and excellent publication records; collaborative research will be encouraged and rewarded.

(9) To have students and graduate practitioners demonstrate diagnostic and patient management skills, and understanding of the scientific inquiry method and creative problem-based thinking and practice according to evidence-based knowledge.

Graduating students will pass all State and National licensing examinations; students will have an opportunity to participate in a research project prior to graduation through honors programs in UC Berkeley School of Optometry Standard I 3 research or in clinical science.

(10) To maintain a strong residency training programs for specialized training.

The School will maintain an ACOE accredited residency program with a broad series of tracks of specialized training.

(11) To maintain strong programs to support a commitment to life long learning.

The School will provide strong, approved optometric continuing education programs for its alumni and for Optometrists throughout the state and nation.

(12) To provide public service to the community, profession and society.

The School will provide patient services to the general public and special populations (indigent, very young, very old, socio-economically disadvantaged, multiply handicapped, high risk populations, partially sighted and blind); faculty will provide service to professional organization; the School will act as a resource for information to society in general.

(13) To establish relationships supportive of School programs.

Development and alumni support will be part of the School’s activities.

Annual Report

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2015 Annual Report


In 2016, Berkeley Optometry received a full accreditation with no recommendations for corrective action from the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE). The school’s next accreditation visit will be in October, 2023.

Strategic Plan

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