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CCE Accreditation Self Study Update

Accreditation is an ongoing process at all three Palmer campuses, led by Palmer’s Chief Institutional Effectiveness Officer Doug Hoyle, Ph.D. In 2006 and 2007, Palmer’s three campuses are facing significant re-accreditation milestones, intensifying the work of Dr. Hoyle and his assistant, Rachel Darnell.

“Accreditation is important to Palmer because it attests to the world that we have attained a program of study that is high quality,” Dr. Hoyle said. “We have been successful in our accreditation endeavors for a long time. It all began with Dr. Dave Palmer, who had a vision that one day Palmer would be an accredited college. Our current success in the area of accreditation is really due to his vision to demonstrate to the world that we are a high caliber institution.”

Dr. Hoyle and his staff work diligently all year round on Palmer’s various accreditation processes. The two main accrediting agencies they work with are the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). This year and next year will be especially busy with re-accreditation activities on all three campuses.

The year 2007 is a re-accreditation year. Dr. Hoyle led the preparation of a 600-page self study, which contained information on all three campuses and was submitted to the CCE in June. “Basically, we show in this document how we are in compliance with all of the CCE’s standards,” Dr. Hoyle said. “This process can be beneficial in that it shows an institution where it excels and where it needs to strengthen its program.”

Dr. Doug Hoyle
Dr. Doug Hoyle

Following review of the self study, CCE site teams conducted a monitoring visit on all three campuses in October. The CCE’s Commission on Accreditation will make a determination on Palmer’s re-accreditation at some point thereafter.

In addition to the CCE, Palmer’s Davenport and Florida campuses are also accredited by the NCA. This agency’s re-accreditation process is similar to the CCE’s, and it just so happens that 2007 is a focused site year for Palmer.

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