U.S.Department of Education Staff Report

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Senior Department Official on Recognition Compliance Issues

Recommendation Page

  1. Agency: Council on Chiropractic Education, The ( 1974 / 2011)
    (The dates provided are the date of initial listing as a recognized agency and the date of the agency’s last grant of recognition.)
  2. Action Item: Petition for Continued Recognition
  3. Current Scope of Recognition: The accreditation of programs leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree and single-purpose institutions offering the Doctor of Chiropractic program.
  4. Requested Scope of Recognition: Same as above.
  5. Date of Advisory Committee Meeting: 02/22/2017
  6. Staff Recommendation: Continue the agency's current recognition and require the agency to come into compliance within 12 months, and submit a compliance report 30 days after the 12 month period that demonstrates the agency's compliance with the issue identified below.
  7. Issues or Problems: It does not appear that the agency meets the following section of the Secretary’s Criteria for Recognition. The issue is summarized below and discussed in detail under the Summary of Findings section.

    -- The agency is requested to revise its policies related to its 12-month confidential warning to ensure that such a warning is for a much shorter period of time, is made public, and is included in the 12-18-24 month time limits specified in this section.

Executive Summary


The Council on Chiropractic Education is recognized as a specialized accreditor. It currently accredits 15 doctor of chiropractic programs at 18 sites in 13 states. Of these programs, CCE accredits one program that is offered through a single-purpose chiropractic institution. The agency's one single-purpose chiropractic institution uses the agency's accreditation to establish eligibility to participate in the Title IV HEA programs. Accreditation by the agency also allows its 15 programs to participate in non-Title IV programs offered through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Recognition History

CCE was first recognized by the Commissioner of Education in 1974 and has received periodic renewal of recognition since that time. The agency was last reviewed for continued recognition at the Fall 2011 NACIQI meeting. At that time, it received continued recognition and was requested to submit a compliance report on several areas of the Criteria. The agency's compliance report was reviewed at the Fall 2013 NACIQI meeting, and the agency's recognition was continued for a period of three years. The agency's next regularly-scheduled petition for continued recognition is the subject of the current staff analysis. No complaints about the agency were received this review period.


The agency meets the requirements of the Secretary's Criteria for Recognition.


The Department did not receive any written third - party comments regarding this agency.