CCE Annual Meeting Brings New Developments, Leadership Changes, But Concerns Remain
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 12, 2015: The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) has concluded with a number of developments that will have very important implications for the next round of reform discussions. A large and growing segment of the chiropractic profession has been looking for signs of progress in CCE reform efforts and the ICA is hopeful that the decisions taken this week reflect an awareness on the part of CCE decision-makers of the importance of such reform steps.
Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona over January 9-10th, the CCE's governing Council voted to shrink the number of at-large Councilors by 2 more seats, resolving to not fill 2 currently empty seats. This step, in addition to the one seat left unfilled previously, will take the number of at-large Councilors down from 8 last year to 5 at present. This effectively reduces the percent of the next Council elected by the current Council from 71% down to 66%. If all at-large seats expired and were not filled again, the Council would be reduced to 16 members, and the percent would go down to 56%. The Council acknowledged it needs to downsize, and the "right size" is an unknown, but the number 16 was mentioned, in passing, as a possibility.
"ICA's goal, in order to provide for greater representation and diversity, has been to work to have less than half of the next Council elected by the current Council, thus preventing the perpetuation of a self-selected group," said ICA President Dr. Michael S. McLean who was present at the Scottsdale meeting and addressed the group on the ICA's behalf. "This recent action is an encouraging small first step."
The CCE Council also voted to establish a Metacompetency in analyzing and adjusting. For years the schools have been judged by Site Team Visitors on subjects such as record-keeping, chemistry labs, etc., but never on the actual core procedures of chiropractic. This will be a wonderful and welcome change, and is something the ICA has aggressively advocated for several years. In a move in a similar direction, the Council agreed that subluxation was a legitimate differential diagnosis and voted to direct the Standards Review Committee to develop language that clearly differentiates the subluxation itself for incorporation into the all-important Standards document.
The CCE headquarters also announced on January 12, 2015 the election of Dr. Craig Little as the new CCE President, a paid position recently vacated by Dr. Thomas Benberg.
"ICA takes its responsibilities to the chiropractic profession very seriously and we understand how profoundly education either supports and promotes the unique science and practice of chiropractic, or undermines those fundamental principles on which our success in an increasingly competitive and discerning health care marketplace depends," said Dr. McLean. "Reform at the CCE is urgently needed in its self-perpetuating governing structure, in its standards, and in overall orientation towards chiropractic specific language, concepts and procedures. We hope that those now at the CCE helm will continue to make the needed changes since without reform, CCE will lose once and for all the confidence of the profession at large, something the ICA is working hard to forestall."