ICA Board of Directors Calls For Immediate Review of CCE Decision on Life

ICA Chiropractic News Service

At a special meeting on June 18, 2002, the Board of Directors of the International Chiropractors Association voted unanimously to call on the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) to conduct an immediate and objective review of its decision to deny re-accreditation to Life University’s College of Chiropractic. Expressing grave reservations as to the appropriateness of the CCE action and citing the devastating economic, professional and social damage this step has and will continue to cause tens of thousands of people, the ICA Board adopted the following statement:

Statement by the Board of Directors of the International Chiropractors Association this date June 18, 2002

The International Chiropractors Association recognizes and acknowledges the contribution to the chiropractic profession, and to the greater health and quality of life for all mankind, made by the Life University’s College of Chiropractic and its Founder and President Dr. Sid E. Williams.

The ICA Board of Directors has grave reservations as to the appropriateness of the actions of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) in their revocation of accreditation status for Life University’s College of Chiropractic. The effects of these actions upon the faculty, staff, students, alumni and their families, lacks compassion by causing the innocent, including the patients, to suffer.

The ICA calls for the immediate and objective reevaluation of the accreditation status for Life University’s College of Chiropractic and further calls upon the CCE to find other, less collaterally damaging means of correcting any legitimate outstanding academic issues with Life University. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

Life University is an affiliated educational institution with the International Chiropractors Association and Life Founder and President Dr. Sid E. Williams is a former ICA President and currently sits on ICA’s Board of Directors. Dr. Williams had no role in developing ICA’s position on the CCE action and was not present and did not participate in the discussions that led to the Board adopted position statement. “The record of service and accomplishment that the Life University College of Chiropractic has established stands in stark contrast to the actions taken by the CCE,” said ICA Board Chairman Dr. Robert Braile. “The damage as a result of CCE’s actions, done to Life University, its students and graduates, and the chiropractic profession in general, is devastating and grossly disproportionate to any possible academic problems at Life. The CCE’s actions have also impacted the chiropractic profession in many other areas, from insurance reimbursement and licensure issues to legislation and other urgent public policy matters. CCE’s Commission on Accreditation should look at the larger picture and carefully reconsider its actions.”

Life University began its chiropractic program in 1975 and has graduated over 10,000 doctors of chiropractic. Life has conducted the largest doctor of chiropractic educational program in the world for many years and its graduates have distinguished themselves in every aspect of chiropractic professional life. ICA is considering other possible avenues of support to Life University’s College of Chiropractic and the thousands of students at that institution and will closely monitor every aspect of the accreditation process.

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