Letter from the President
The summer has passed quickly and, on August 15th, we welcomed 88 new students into the Doctor of Optometry degree program as our Class of 2016. This year's class represents the first step in the College's 2020 Enrollment and Deployment Management Plan. Using workforce analysis data, this plan was developed to meet the eye care provider needs of New York State in the years ahead. In doing so, our admissions department has been able to expand this fall's enrollment by ten without compromising quality. The Class of 2016 is exceptional with an average GPA of 3.50 and average admission test (OAT) scores of 350 -- averages virtually identical to last year and which reflect our continuing status as a top tier institution.
Our faculty, administration and staff has been preparing mightily for this expansion over the past several months. As you will see in this month's FY EYE, our facility renovations have continued over the summer, including upgrades to one of our lecture halls, the completion of the fitness center (opening October 1st), the build-out of our new Clinical Research Center and, upgrades to patient care waiting areas in the University Eye Center. The second phase of construction of the Center for Student Life and Learning continues on schedule with a February 2013 completion date.
You will also notice some new additions to our faculty and administration, completing the reorganization of Academic Affairs. It has been a busy summer, indeed, and SUNY Optometry has never been better prepared to guide our entering students in achieving their academic and professional dreams.
David Heath, O.D., Ed.M.