United States Department of Education Transcripts
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The following is part of our 2007 Chiropractic History Month coverage. This content comes from transcripts, provided by the World Chiropractic Association (WCA), regarding June 6, 2006 proceedings that took place in Arlington, Virginia. Chiropractor, John Maltby, speaks regarding the Council on Chiropractic education.
Dr. Maltby: Thank you for allowing me to be here today. My name is John Maltby. I’m a chiropractor. I’ve been in practice for 29 years in the hot community of Blythe, California. Presently I’m serving as President of the International Chiropractors Association. The ICA has an official affiliation with seven chiropractic colleges in the U.S., as well as a membership outside the United States representing almost 50 countries. You’ve just heard from Dr. Welsh. You will hear from Dr. Fallon, and they will represent concerns that ICA has regarding the CCE. What this committee needs to be aware of and what we want you to be aware of is that the CCE of today is not the CCE that appeared before this committee five years ago.
From documents that we have presented to this committee, it appears as though certain individuals felt the rules didn’t apply. A motion to dissolve the corporation in 2002 failed to receive a two-thirds majority required vote. This was stated in the minutes of the meeting. A few days later, about a week later, a letter signed by the CCA President, the Board Chair, and the Chairman of the Committee on Accreditation wrote a letter stating that a majority was sufficient to dissolve the corporation and restructure the CCE–as Dr. Welsh has already shared–in a configuration which gives a strong slant against the conservative chiropractic view.
I guess our question is under what authority do these three individuals have the right to say that a two-thirds majority vote wasn’t required? Rules should be followed no matter what your opinion is. Our question is were in fact laws broken? It is not your responsibility to sort out the philosophical differences in our profession. We have a hard enough time doing that ourselves. It is, however, your responsibility to ensure that rules are followed and that laws are not violated. CCE should be apolitical. The truth of the matter is, is that whatever is done politics will always play some role. There was and should be again a governance structure of the CCE that ensures a balanced representation of the profession, ensuring the quality of chiropractic education at all institutions.
Over the past several months, I have received several reports from college administrators and educators that they are not willing to share with you today because of fear of retribution against their institution. I’m unable to elaborate on these reports and that I received them second-hand. However, the similar nature of them all is that CCE has an unwritten policy of intimidation. This must stop. The purpose of the CCE is to ensure quality standards of chiropractic education based on standards that are set. Recently I was asked by CCE Board Chair Dr. Joseph Brimhall to serve on a task force to review and make recommendations regarding CCE standards. I’m honored to do that, and I consider this a positive step by Dr. Brimhall and CCE to include DCs from all aspects of the chiropractic community in this important process. A task force, however, may only make recommendations to a board of directors. I would hope that this body would consider the options available to them as they consider the recognition of CCE.
ICA strongly supports the continuation of recognition by the Secretary, but not for the full five years as requested. The ICA recommends that the Secretary extent recognition to the CCE for a period not to exceed two years, during which time the CCE must demonstrate a restructuring which represents —
Mr. Blumenthal: One minute.
Dr. Maltby: — an equitable representation for all chiropractic institutions. Also, the ICA requests the Department of Education investigate the dissolution process of the CCE in 2002 and see if, in fact, there was any illegal action taken by any individuals. Only when these questions can be answered will CCE be able to move forward with the trust of this profession. Not only is the future of chiropractic education at risk but surely the future of chiropractic. It has been estimated by some that ten to 15 new chiropractic institutions will open within the next decade outside the United States. Actions taken by this agency will be a model not only for chiropractic education in the United States but internationally as well. I want you to know how much the ICA appreciates this opportunity to share with you our concerns for the future of chiropractic education. All we’re asking for is fairness.
Event History: Tuesday, June 6, 2006
Hilton Arlington Hotel Arlington, Virginia 22203
United States Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education
National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality And Integrity
The Council on Chiropractic Education, Commission on Accreditation
Action for Consideration: Petition for Renewal of Recognition
Transcripts of Proceedings*
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