The News on Life University

Updated on 6/13/2002 3:54PM

Below are all the news links we have seen as of today regarding Life University and their accreditation status. Rather than re-report the news here we felt it would be better for you to visit the various news websites. Links are posted in chronological order so that you can get an account of the unfolding events.

Life University awaits review – Atlanta Journal Constitution
Life University will try to free its chiropractic program this week from a threatened loss of accreditation. University leaders will leave today for a second …

Georgia School Loses Accreditation – Washington Post
MARIETTA, Ga. Life University, the nation’s largest chiropractic school, has lost its accreditation. The Council on Chiropractic Education last week cited the …

Georgia School Loses Accreditation – Guardian, UK
MARIETTA, Ga. – Life University, the nation’s largest chiropractic school, has lost its accreditation. The Council on Chiropractic Education last week cited the school for problems including faculty oversight and instruction on diagnosing whether a patient should be treated by a medical doctor or a chiropractor.

Life University loses chiropractic accreditation – Atlanta Journal Constitution
“It’s unfortunate for the students at Life, but the line has been drawn in the sand as to what the chiropractor is supposed to be able to do.” – Mark Cotney, D.C., chairman of the Georgia Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Students fearful of future. – Atlanta Journal Constitution
… leaders admit they did not anticipate the loss of accreditation of the chiropractic program. And their attempts at reassurance rang hollow to many of the …

Life University vows to fight for accreditation – Atlanta Journal Constitution
… President Sid Williams, repeated the university’s plan to appeal the Council on Chiropractic’s decision to revoke the school’s accreditation of its doctor of …

‘Easy target’ or to blame? Life founder Sid Williams is at center of Life accreditation storm – Atlanta Journal Constitution
… Even some students and administrators who support Williams, calling him a charismatic leader of original chiropractic theory, believe the loss of accreditation is at least in part, politically motivated. “There’s lots of components,” said student Scott Evans. “But a big component is to get him off the throne.” Like many students, Stacey Goodson said Wednesday the accreditation problem is political — that as “straight” chiropractic’s most visible proponent, Williams was an easy target. “You always target the loudest person,” Goodson said. “What he’s built is huge.”

President Sid Williams says he plans to step down in March – Atlanta Journal Constitution
Williams said the school had begun a national search for a replacement. He also said his decision to step down had been planned before this week’s controversy involving the Council on Chiropractic Education stripping Life of its chiropractic accreditation.

Student Action – Student Action – Student Action
(forwarded by concerned chiropractic students)

Tell the Department of Education How You feel!

Are you concerned about the CCE ruling against Life University?
Have you ever had questions about how CCE members are elected?
Have you ever wondered why Life University does not have COA representation?
Why would the counsel vote to “deny reaffirmation” before reviewing Life University’s documentation of compliance?
Why would the CCE recommend consultants to Life and then discredit those consultants’ suggestions?
Why, on the CCE website, does the CCE refer to a Chiropractor as “a physician”? Dorland’s Medical dictionary is VERY clear on it’s definition of physician: “authorized practitioner of medicine… graduate of medical school…. licensed by a medical board… who practices MEDICINE.” (This is not intended to be medical bashing)
Why did Meredith Gonyea, former CCE/COA member tell Life that the CCE made it’s decision over a year ago. Corruption and lack of accountability.

The Counsel on Chiropractic Education is an agency under the US Department of Education. It appears that the CCE is a special interest group that pretends to represent the profession of Chiropractic. The CCE “candidate selection” and “elections” process is a closely held process. Fair representation is all that is required of a registered agency of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. The CCE does not function in a fair and representative fashion.

Several students at Life University indicated that the CCE made its decision well in advance of the completion date and recommended that students transfer immediately. Could the CCE be looking to bolster the enrollment at some of it’s favored schools, where, by the way, enrollment is down by as much as 80%

Why would the CCE close a successful school to help schools that are failing? *How could representatives from Chiropractic Colleges such as Texas College and others be ready to rush to the Life campus, in less than 24 hours from the release of the CCE ruling, to recruit transfer students?

Fellow Students, this is not a fight between Dr. Sid, Life University and the CCE, this is a fight to save your education and CHIROPRACTIC! Presidents from Palmer, Cleveland, Life West, and Sherman Colleges have all called and offered support to Life University and it’s students, not to sign up transfers. Stand united and let your voice be heard.

Remember, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Voice your opinion about the CCE!

Contact: US Department of Education
Analyst, Overseer to the Counsel on Chiropractic Education
Claude Denton 703-367-0156 or 202-219-7011

Mark Cotney of the Georgia Board of Chiropractic Examiners can be reached at:
175 Northridge Drive, Thomaston, GA 30286
(706) 647-7918 or (706) 647-2225

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*Editors note: I have personally spoken to Dr. Guy Riekeman, President of the Palmer Chiropractic University System and he has assured us that Palmer has not sent recruiters to the Life campus. In my haste, I misinterpreted information of college campuses that had sent recruiters to include Palmer College. The statement is false. I should have contacted Palmer College first before posting such misinformation. – Michael Dorausch, D.C. @ 2:34 pm | Article ID: 1023917698