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
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
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.