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TCC Announces New “Center For Institutional Excellence”

(TCC News Release - 4/16/2012)

PASADENA, Texas -- Texas Chiropractic College is excited to announce the launch of its new Center for Institutional Excellence, which is set to begin operations Sept. 3, 2012.

The Center is charged with facilitating the development, monitoring and publication of the College’s Strategic Plan and organizational structure. It is additionally responsible for institutional assessment and accreditation, assessment of student learning, management of institutional policies and ongoing quality assurance. The new Center will absorb the role of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and the program development responsibilities of Vice President Alan Adams, who is slated to retire from full-time status at the end of the current fiscal year.

"This is a great day for TCC as we announce our new Center for Institutional Excellence," said Dr. Richard G. Brassard, President of TCC. "This Center is the manifestation of the College’s commitment to creating the best experience in chiropractic for our students while also providing a rewarding environment for our employees."

The strategies behind the development of the Center have been based in the Baldrige Model for organizational success and planning strategies from the American Society for Quality.

"Our goal is for Texas Chiropractic College to ultimately be recognized as an international leader among single-purpose, professional schools," noted Dr. Clay McDonald, TCC Provost. "We also want every member of our community, from students to alumni to staff, to take pride in their affiliation with the College."

Dr. Steve Foster, the College’s current Director of Assessment, has accepted the new position of Executive Director of the Center for Institutional Excellence. In his new role, he will take over the monitoring, measuring and reporting of the strategic plan, which is currently managed by the Provost and the Institutional Effectiveness Committee. He will additionally lead the team of the Director of the Assessment Center, Director of Accreditation and Institutional Research, and the Program Coordinator for the Center.

Mrs. Pam Vise, current assistant to Dr. Adams, has accepted the position of Coordinator. She will be providing professional and administrative support to the Center while also sharing her coordinator experiences with the College’s most recent accreditation cycles.

Update: TCC is proud to welcome Dr. Lee Van Dusen as the Director of Accreditation and Institutional Research and Ms. Carla Kruger as the Director of the Assessment Center.

Dr. Van Dusen is a graduate of National College of Chiropractic and served as first Exectutive Director (September 2008 to May 2009) and then President (May 2009 to December 2011) of the Council on Chiropractic Education, the agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit chiropractic degree programs. Prior to his work with the CCE, he spent 17 years moving up the ranks at New York Chiropractic College. He started as an assistant professor in 1991 and left in 2008 as the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Quality and Assessment.

Ms. Kruger was the standardized patient coordinator at the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School for five years before joining the TCC team. Originally from South Africa, she brings a diversity of experiences to the Pasadena campus, including service to the South African Embassy in Belgium and Germany and international sales experience working from Cape Town and New Jersey.