STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK --  STATE COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY
FACULTY HANDBOOK
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BRIEF HISTORY

(Updated April 2009)

 

The State University of New York, State College of Optometry is dedicated to the education of optometrists, to the advancement of eye and vision care through research and graduate education, and to the care of communities through the provision of comprehensive visual health services.  The College is a center of excellence within the State University of New York (SUNY) system and is the only institution of its kind in New York State and the surrounding region.

The College of Optometry was established as an integral unit of the State University of New York through passage of legislation in 1970 and 1971. In 1971, the University entered into a contract of affiliation with the Optometric Center of New York (OCNY) the largest non-profit, vision care clinic in the country.  As the College expanded, the need for clinical and research facilities increased, and the clinical programs of the Optometric Center of New York became fully integrated with the College by legislative act in 1975.  At that time, the OCNY became known as the University Optometric Center.  The Optometric Center of New York (OCNY), also in 1975, changed its charter to become an affiliated foundation dedicated to the support of the College of Optometry.

 

April 2009:  Reviewed and approved by the Faculty Executive Committee and President

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