In late 2014, New England College of Optometry, NECO, embarked on a strategic planning process with the community. The Strategic Planning Committee included over 40 representatives from all aspects of the community – students, faculty, staff, alumni, and board members. The collaborative project involved input from the entire community and began an ongoing process for identifying and understanding our strengths, challenges, and opportunities.
The Strategic Planning Committee sought to develop a shared understanding of NECO’s institutional priorities and aspirations, identify actions and resources needed to achieve these goals, and develop a concrete plan (with metrics) for how to measure our successes.
The final strategic plan document was presented to NECO's Board of Trustees in early September 2015 and approved that same month. The document is a culmination of a ten month process that involved revisiting and revising NECO’s mission statement, articulating a set of institutional core values, reviewing previous strategic plans, examining our competitive landscape, identifying our value proposition, and developing foundational statements and goals for our three core activities: teaching and learning, patient care and clinical education, and research.
Please note that our clinical system is referred to as New England Eye throughout the document. As a part of our rebranding efforts, our clinical system changed its name from New England Eye (NEE) to the NECO Clinical Network in late 2016. In addition, our centers at Commonwealth and Roslindale were renamed New England College of Optometry (NECO) Center for Eye Care to coincide with the opening of our new Commonwealth center in late March 2017.