Higher Education including Optometric Education is in crisis because of declining enrollments. There is too much student capacity and not enough demand. There are 2.9 million fewer undergraduate students than 8 years ago. A number of undergraduate colleges have closed and many more closures are predicted. Mergers and affiliations are now a reality and more are under consideration.
Schools and Colleges of Optometry must act now by developing and implementing strategies to deal with the crisis. The following Power Point slides delineate the:
- Causes of the Crisis
- Financial Concerns
- Marketing Initiatives
- Innovative Strategies