Last week Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) College of Optometry announced it received a significant philanthropic gift from National Vision, Inc.
Subsequently, we learned that Nova was planning to change its name — ostensibly to the “National Vision” College of Optometry.
This planned move has sparked controversy among university alums, to the point where over 2,000 have signed a petition to not change the school’s name. Many Nova students were also seen wearing black armbands at the recently completed Vision Expo West, in order to protest the move.
While corporate sponsorship is an increasingly common way to help fund academic institutions, one can see why this move has fallen afoul of some grads, as National Vision tends to downplay the role of the ECP in many of their ads:
What is your opinion about the situation? ECPs can weigh in here.