What's Next?

Theme 1 –
Moving from Student to Professional

Southern College of Optometry will develop future-oriented applicant pipelines to recruit top applicants focused on their academic, professional, and personal development. The college will matriculate candidates with the best potential to succeed as contemporary optometrists and actively engaged alumni who recognize and appreciate SCO’s role in their transformation from student to professional.

Theme 2 –
Leveraging Fiscal Strength

With a commitment to being good stewards of its resources, SCO will prioritize and implement initiatives to plan and prioritize expenditures, revenue, and donations which support the college’s ability to reduce institutional debt and promote program affordability to students.

Theme 3 –
Strengthening Relationships within Memphis

SCO will enhance collaboration with community partners which foster the college’s culture of service. The SCO story and the college’s institutional expertise will be shared more broadly with the greater Memphis community.


The mission of Southern College of Optometry is to lead the profession by:

  • Educating the best possible healthcare providers
  • Promoting Lifelong learning and
  • Fostering a personal commitment to service