Conservative Groups Rebuffed After Reaching Out to CCE

Staff Writer
Conservative Groups Rebuffed After Reaching Out to CCE

Following the dramatic hearing before the United States Department of Education where the CCE received a public reprimand from the Committee that grants its recognition as an accrediting agency, several groups approached the CCE to extend an olive branch.

The Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation (FVS), International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations (IFCO) and the Movement for Chiropractic Quality and Integrity (MCQI) approached the CCE as a Coalition and agreed to meet with them to address the issues facing the profession’s only accrediting agency.

The Coalition’s letter read in part:

"It is clear that an accrediting body which embraces both the liberal and conservative approaches and is fully recognized by the USDOE is the best situation for the colleges, students and the public. We stand ready to support the CCE in its efforts to become fully representative of the profession and have assembled leaders with the skill-sets and experience to ensure this becomes a reality."

The CCE responded by telling the Coalition that their request would be forwarded to the Council and demanding to know what the membership numbers were of the organizations that made up the Coalition. In follow-up letters from the new Chair of the Council, Dr. Little – he ignored the FVS and addressed only the IFCO and MCQI inviting them separately to attend a Stakeholders Meeting. Once again, in the letter to the MCQI, Little demanded to know the membership numbers of the group - going so far as to require proof in the way of membership rosters.  

In a similar fashion the CCE responded to the International Chiropractors Association, (who reached out to the CCE on their own) with an invitation to include one participant in their Presidential Search Committee. Along with the invitation was a list of requirements the ICA had to agree to in order to participate. One of those requirements is that the ICA must: “Understand and support the mission and vision of the CCE.”   

Considering that it is the very mission and vision of the CCE that has caused the accreditation crisis, it seems fairly incredulous that the CCE would make such demands. Not just in its requirement that the mission and vision be accepted but in their demand and focus on membership numbers in order to participate in stakeholder discussions. It does not appear, at least not at this point in time, that the CCE has fully digested the marching orders given to the organization by the Federal Government.