September 2015

Earlier this year, the State University of New York Board of Trustees approved a new process for the development of performance plans for each of the 64 campuses in the SUNY system. The strategy, which is based upon the Power of SUNY 2020, is known as SUNY Excels and it identifies five key areas that, through its collective strength, SUNY will address over the course of the next five years. They include:
  • Increasing access to SUNY institutions across all segments of the population.
  • Helping students focus on completion of their educational programs.
  • Aiding students in the achievement of post-graduate success.
  • Promoting inquiry, or faculty and student scholarship, across the SUNY system.
  • Working toward greater social and economic engagement with each institution’s community. 
The SUNY College of Optometry is an enthusiastic supporter of this process and our own strategic plan, Creating a Legacy of Leadership, aligns well with its goals. From our enrollment management plan that carefully dovetails a workforce analysis assessing the future need for eye care in New York State; to our commitment to providing resources that help our students and alumni achieve success in their careers; to our drive to increase our impact through collaborative research across the SUNY system; to our investment in technology that will improve and enhance the learning environment of our students; to the exceptional care that we provide to tens of thousands of New Yorkers each year. We, like the State University of New York system as a whole, recognize that our value as an institution is measured largely by the impact that we make in our communities and beyond.

As we begin another academic year, I welcome the implementation of our own institutional performance plan designed to complement the Power of SUNY 2020, by the end of this month. This community-wide effort will help us build on our own legacy of achievement training leaders in health care, advancing the knowledge and understanding of vision science, driving improvements in patient care delivery and providing exceptional care for increasing numbers of people across our community. As we work to do our part in support of the Power of SUNY 2020, SUNY Optometry will be helping to solidify our own position as a leader for generations to come.

I look forward to our efforts and I wish you all the very best for the new academic year. 


David A. Heath, OD, EdM

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