Our Vision, Mission and Values
Advancing the Science and Practice of Optometry
The mission of the College of Optometry is to promote and provide improved
eye and health care for people throughout the country by preparing the
next generation of optometrists and vision researchers. To accomplish
our mission the faculty, staff and students will pursue excellence within
our professional, graduate, residency and patient care programs.
Optometrists, as essential primary eye care providers within an effective
health care delivery system, frequently serve as leaders within the community.
It is our commitment to demonstrate and instill an appreciation for the
following values as we prepare our graduates to fulfill that role with
Growth - We are committed to creating evidence- based quality
educational experiences and engendering a passion for lifelong learning
within our students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Individual and collective
discipline and perseverance are required for growth. Growth is an essential
component of our commitment to make a positive impact upon the community
that we serve.
Responsibility - We are committed to the pursuit of excellence,
charity and compassion toward others, and to improved quality of life
for those who live and work within our community. The fulfillment of that
obligation is enabled by a dedication to personal and academic integrity.
Discovery - We are committed to the development and utilization
of innovative approaches to maximize learning and improve patient care
through research, scholarship and teaching. The pursuit and dissemination
of new knowledge fulfills our responsibility to enhance the delivery of
eye care and the quality of life for our fellow citizens.
Community - We are committed to supportive and productive relationships
within our college, campus, professional and surrounding communities.
We have an appreciation for the dignity of others and respect for the
diversity that exists within our community. Teamwork and collaboration
are essential as we strive to enrich the lives of our citizens.