In January, Gary Schultz, DC, DACBR, professor and department chair in the college of chiropractic at University of Western States (UWS) began a two-year tenure as chair of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE).
CCE is a professional accrediting agency for doctor of chiropractic (DC) educational programs and is recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The council ensures that the educational quality and institutional integrity are held to the highest of standards for the 15 doctor of chiropractic degree programs at 18 locations in the U.S. The CCE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), is a member of the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG), and the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA).
As elected chair, Dr. Schultz will serve to support the vision of the CCE, which is promoting excellence and assuring quality in chiropractic education. CCE operates through established values including integrity as the foundation in all interactions; accountability to students and the public; collaboration in community of people with a culture of respect; quality as informed by the use of evidence; and improvement to advance excellence.
“I originally became involved in CCE, because I support and believe in the value of the CCE’s mission for the betterment of the chiropractic profession,” said Dr. Schultz. “I’ve served in multiple capacities with CCE during well over a decade of involvement. It is a great team to which I enjoy committing my time, talent and energy. Having the position of chair of the council offers me an opportunity to do more in that regard and to continue to build teams that will improve the agency long after my tenure in leadership is done. I’m a huge fan of teams and teamwork – I take that very seriously and believe that teams best position any agency to be the best version of themselves and to most effectively respond to challenges, whatever they may be and whenever they may surface.”
Dr. Schultz will lead 18 organizational board members referred to as councilors. Of the board members, 10 are representatives of educational programs, six are private practitioners and two are members of the public. He will be eligible to serve another term, but will need to be reelected.
Throughout his tenure with the CCE, Dr. Schultz has four main priorities to accomplish:
- Ensure the ongoing, timely, accurate and highest quality accreditation decision making by the council.
- Roll out the 2018 Standards for Accreditation for DC programs.
- Ensure progress and completing of objectives within the strategic plan, including ensuring regular accreditation with agencies in which the CCE is responsible.
- Build teams within the agency that will ensure continued growth and development of the council.