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Association of Chiropractic Colleges

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Association of Chiropractic Colleges
Formation 1994
Membership Chiropractic institutions


The Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) is comprised of accredited chiropractic educational programs in North America and affiliate member institutions worldwide.


The Association of Chiropractic Colleges represents accredited chiropractic colleges in North America and seeks to advance chiropractic education, research and service.


  • evidence-informed, quality, patient-centered care,
  • by expert, ethical, inclusive professionals, and
  • the improvement of health care systems through chiropractic education and research.


The Association of Chiropractic Colleges will support its member institutions in advancing chiropractic education, in graduating competent professionals, in conducting scholarly research, and in carrying out public service to enhance the health of the public.

A Brief History of the ACC Educational Conference

In March 1994, the ACC held its first educational conference to promote educational research and to educate the educators on new pedagogical techniques.[1] Since that time, the size and quality of the ACC Educational Conference has continued to improve. Over the years, the conference and the educational, basic science, and clinical research presentations have grown in quality and representation.[2]

The first time that the ACC Educational Conference and the Research Agenda Conference were held jointly was in 2002. The Research Agenda Conference (RAC) focuses on research training for chiropractic college faculty, students, practitioners, and professional staff and primarily consists of hands on training workshops. The ACC Educational Conference promotes institutional and academic excellence and learning and focuses on two areas, the bringing together of staff, administration, and faculty in a collaborative fashion to discuss various topics at group meetings and the presentation of peer-reviewed papers in poster or platform presentations.[2]

The Association of Chiropractic Colleges and Research Agenda Conferences

ACC-RAC is the combination of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) meeting[2] and scientific/educational conference, which emphasizes educational structure, administration, teaching, and peer reviewed presentations, and the Research Agenda Conference (RAC), which focuses on the development of scientific knowledge, skills, and attitudes through workshop sessions. The combination of the two programs continues to enhance and nurture the natural relationship between chiropractic scholarship and education.

Through various styles of presentation, including plenary sessions, platform presentations, workshops, and poster sessions, the ACC-RAC conferences[2] focus on clinical, basic science, educational research, and the topic of Integration.

This is one of the highest quality and most productive annual scientific and educational conferences in the chiropractic profession. Traditionally the conferences take place in the second week of March and conferences submission are welcomed by August 31st of the prior year.

ACC Peer Review

A component of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Educational Conference (ACC) focuses on collaborative group meetings (eg, college administration, staff) and the presentation of scientific and scholarly articles submitted by authors and chosen through a peer-review selection process that has evolved in quality and complexity since it was first used in 1994.

The long range goals of the ACC Peer-review Committee include:

  1. Maintain the scholarship of the presentations and integrity of the conference
  2. Increase quality of conference presentations
  3. Increase number of published papers as a result of the conference
  4. Increase number of experienced peer reviewers
  5. Provide scholarship opportunities for new peer reviewers
  6. Provide mentorship and feedback to peer reviewers and authors[2]

The ACC Peer-review Committee, involving hundreds of volunteers, has performed these essential services for the profession. The peer-review process assists potential presenters with an opportunity to improve their works based upon the reviewers' comments and offers new faculty members and scholars the opportunity to join the expert and seasoned reviewers who participate in the peer-review process.[2]

ACC-RAC Research Presentations

Once the committee reaches decisions regarding suitability for presentation, abstracts of articles that are presented as either platform or poster presentations at the conference are published in the Journal of Chiropractic Education ( In addition to selecting articles for presentation, a subgroup of this committee selects the award winning articles from those authors who consented to be included in the awards competition. Basic science and clinical award winning articles are submitted to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) and educational research award articles are submitted to the Journal of Chiropractic Education. These articles go through an additional peer-review process before being accepted and published.[2]

The scientific, peer-reviewed presentations cover a wide variety of topics. Most of these presentations fall within 4 categories: basic sciences, clinical practice research, educational research, and the theme for that year's conference (eg, public health, funding opportunities, diversity, and technology). Parallel tracks of scientific research presentations are placed throughout the schedule so that clinical, educational, and basic science researchers will find sessions that best match their interests. In addition, for those in clinical practice, case presentations of unusual conditions or unique treatment methods for common conditions are typically presented.[2] As with any scientific conference, an open but critical attitude is appropriate in this venue.[3]

Who Attends the ACC-RAC Conferences?

Attendees include a wide variety of people from all over the world, thus, one need not be a researcher or an educator to attend. The ACC-RAC is a conference for educators, researchers, clinicians, administrators, health policy makers, students, and anyone else interested in chiropractic. It provides a forum for researchers to present and discuss their work. It is a meeting at which groups collaborate and plan for the future of the chiropractic profession. As well, it provides skills development training sessions and presentations of scientific research articles and thus continues to help strengthen the foundation of chiropractic research, education, and practice. The ACC-RAC also offers continuing education credits for most states in the United States and includes continuing education for diplomates for participating organizations such as the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. Thus, in addition to all the new knowledge and skills that one will gain, credit may be earned as well. For more information about the next ACC-RAC conference.

A Valuable Conference to Attend

This conference is for chiropractors, students, and allied healthcare practitioners whether involved in clinical practice, academics, or research. Everyone is welcomed and the experience is a dynamic cavalcade of colleagues seeking to build a critical chiropractic evidence base to help patients and humanity.

Make plans to attend this conference now!


External Links

  1. Association of Chiropractic Colleges Conference (ACC-RAC)