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SCCO Receives 10-Year Re-Accreditation from WASC


The Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO), has received re-accreditation for another 10-year period.  The Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), voted at its February meeting to reaffirm the accreditation of SCCO through 2022.

"This is a significant achievement for SCCO and reflects on our long history of providing quality education," said SCCO President Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D.  "WASC particularly noted our quality learning experience, sound financial reserves and inclusive governance.  Every member of College Community is to be congratulated for this outstanding achievement."

WASC complimented the College on numerous accomplishments including:  faculty, staff and administration for their commitment to providing a rich educational experience for students; that SCCO celebrates a culture of shared governance with all its constituents; that the College has a well-deserved national reputation for its academic programs; and that leadership demonstrates entrepreneurial foresight and innovation.  In the report, WASC recommends continued development of program review, and expanded institutional research.

The WASC accreditation process aids institutions in developing and sustaining effective educational programs and assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that an accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness.

About the Southern California College of Optometry
Established in 1904, SCCO is a private, non-profit, educational institution dedicated to educating today's minds to provide tomorrow's eye, vision and health care.  SCCO grants a four-year, professional degree, Doctor of Optometry (OD) and a Master of Science in Vision Science (MS).