No. The only thing these Resolutions say is that the monopolistic language should be removed in order to allow for a free and competitive marketplace in chiropractic education, testing and practice. Add an answer to this item.
They can and would still operate but when the monopolistic, non-competitive and trade restraining "Only" language is removed from statutes and codes then alternatives and options can naturally arise. The current situation allows ONLY for these entities.
The NBCE can and would still operate. No one is calling for their dissolution. Removing the "Only" language and the name in the statute allows for the development of other assessment options to meet licensure requirements.
No one is saying they should. What we are saying is that states should not use its tax dollars, resources and staff to support and otherwise fund a non-profit organization that portrays itself as a quasi-governmental entity seeking to regulate chiropractic from outside the state, decide what continuing education programs are "acceptable" and is funded in large part through federally backed student loan money. The FCLB receives its largest operating funding from the NBCE and the NBCE gets its money from students and student loans. We need to end these unnecessary burdens on our students. Individuals who sit on state boards should also have options in regards to how and where they get their support.
No one is saying that we should go back to the Wild West. Every student that graduates from a chiropractic college and receives a diploma has been certified as competent in the practice of chiropractic. If one argues that some other entity needs to prove that the school told the truth then we have a very serious problem with our schools and our accreditation process.
In regards to the FCLB they claim to provide "service" to state boards. Great. They can continue to do so. However they should not be strong arming states to adopt standards of care that a few individuals decided on and they should not be the beneficiary of state funds, resources or student loan money. Other entities could also provide service to state boards.
The CCE is one accrediting agency and its a specialized agency. All schools in the United States are also accredited by regional accrediting agencies. Schools should have other options in terms of where they seek the review that a good accreditor provides.
Here is the language we recommend:
Each applicant shall be a graduate of a chiropractic school, college or program accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. For those graduating from a chiropractic program outside the United States the applicant must have completed an educational program leading to a degree in chiropractic from an institution authorized to operate by the government having jurisdiction in which it is domiciled.