United States Department of Education Transcripts
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. Gerald Clum speaks regarding the Council on Chiropractic education.
Chairperson D’amico: Gerald Clum, President, Life Chiropractic College West.
Dr. Clum: Madam Chairperson, members of the committee, thank you very much for your time, your patience and your diligence in this process. I’m the most senior member of the chiropractic college community in the educational circle. I’ve been President of Life West for 25 years, was on the faculty, the founding faculty of Life University, then Life Chiropractic College in 1975, and on the faculty of the Palmer College of Chiropractic before that. In addition to serving as President of Life West, I presently serve as the First Vice President of the World Federation of Chiropractic and, barring any unforeseen foolishness on my part, will assume the presidency of that later in the month.
You’ve heard a great deal about the history of the profession, the recent traumas of the profession, the problems with the agency, the differences of opinion and viewpoint, and as I think about this discussion today, it comes down to issues: does the agency fulfill the requirements of the Secretary and does it do so in a fair and equitable fashion with the institutions it accredits? My experience over the last 25 years is that I’ve been on the winning side of votes and I’ve been on the losing side of votes. I’ve helped make good policy and I’ve helped make bad policy. I’ve made good decisions and bad decisions. In the fullness of time, the agency has served the profession and the institutions and the public most importantly very well. Its continued recognition to serve that public, to serve the institutions and the profession at large is my deepest desire from you today.
The goals of the Council on Chiropractic Education I believe are for the betterment of the chiropractic profession. Those goals have been applied by persons who have frailties, who have faults, who have not exercised the best judgment over time, to institutions that have done the same. Today, the agency I think is as well positioned as it has ever been with good solid professional staff in its administrative offices and very sincere, well-intentioned leadership within its executive ranks to fulfill the expectations of the Secretary and this committee for its functioning on behalf of the public of the United States. Thank you very much the opportunity to present.
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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