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A historic meeting in Atlanta is taking place to work on the issue of chiropractic education. Over the past year, there has been a profession wide discussion on the direction the CCE has taken in changing the "Standards" for chiropractic programs. This meeting brings together groups representing thousands of chiropractors throughout the US.
Last December many of these groups were present at the US Department of Education's National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) meeting that was to make recommendations on CCE's reaccredidation. (see 1st story here), (see result story here).
One of the major concerns is that the CCE used political pressure to get the assistant secretary of education to remove a key component of the NACIQI recommendations. (see change story here). The reversal from the assistant secretary may have been due to a letter from the CCE that was filled with mis-information and distortions. (See the letter here).
The meeting, called by the ICA, will be attended by such groups as the IFCO, the Georgia Council of Chiropractic, the Sustainability Committee, the Palmetto State Chiropractic Association, the Coalition for the Advancement of Chiropractic, and many other groups. The meeting is in Atlanta and is by invitation only.
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The Coalition for the Advancement of Chiropractic, composed of concerned chiropractors, chiropractic organizations, and students, continues to grow in both numbers and action related to their opposition to the current direction of the CCE. In December of 2011 in Arlington, the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) found the CCE to be in violation (non-compliance) with over 40 of the USDE ‘s Criteria for Recognition. At stake for the CCE was the renewal of their recognition status. They were given a period of twelve months to bring the violations into compliance.
While all the violations need to be addressed, a primary concern of the Coalition is the CCE’s non-compliance with Section 602.13 of the Secretary’s Recommendations to the Department of Education which states that the CCE should be able to... “demonstrate wide acceptance of its standards, policies, procedures and decisions, and to address how its standards advance quality in chiropractic care.”
According to the Coalition, "To be in compliance with this would imply that the CCE would be representative of the entire chiropractic community as opposed to acting like a trade organization promoting only one viewpoint within the profession, a viewpoint that is becoming increasingly medicalized". However, in a subsequent turn of events, the CCE was able to procure a letter from the Department of Education rescinding CCE’s responsibility to be in compliance with Section 602.13. Responding to this apparent victory for the CCE, the Coalition observes that, “Taking on the cartel is essential if we expect to have a viable future as a profession. That future can’t be won without a struggle and those fighting for it should expect the cartel to continue to use its power and influence to maintain control. Meanwhile we have demonstrated that its domination is not absolute and that the cartel is vulnerable.”
In their release the Coalition states, "The Coalition for the Advancement of Chiropractic is calling for reform of the CCE. Reform that does not amount to a few changes which are merely window dressing but to substantial changes which result in an accepted level of transparency in all their operations, opportunities for new leadership and clear support for the multitude within the profession who are working hard to ensure that future generations will have access to periodic, safe, competent spinal examinations and adjustments of any vertebral subluxations they may have. In order for that to be our future, students need a chiropractic education that is relevant to vertebral subluxation and reasonably affordable."
In their statement the Coalition urged action by saying, "Each and every chiropractor, chiropractic organization, and chiropractic student has a voice in the future of our profession, but your voice must be heard. Join the Coalition for the Advancement of Chiropractic and let your voice be heard. Log onto www.vsfree.org and stand up for the future of chiropractic. Give us your input, join one or more of the organizations that are part of the Coalition, and commit to getting involved in the direction the chiropractic profession will take in this crucial year."
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