FSU’s Controversial Chiropractic School Stirring Debate

By: Victoria Langley
By: Victoria Langley

Florida State University’s Chiropractic School faces several critical hurdles next week that could determine whether the controversial proposal becomes a reality.

Faculty members begin discussing whether to support the school in a meeting on Monday. Students from around the country are already expressing interest in the program, but critics say it’s a waste of money.

College student Kyle Jackson is already planning to enroll in Florida State University’s graduate Chiropractic Program. It would be the first Chiropractic school in the country affiliated with a major university. Jackson transferred to FSU from Virginia just to attend.

“I think it would be an amazing asset to this school and it’s something no other school’s going to have.”

Critics say Florida State doesn’t need a chiropractic school and may not even want one. They say it’s just a political pork project and a waste of your tax dollars.

Lawmakers set aside $9 million for the project before ever getting the go-ahead from the Board of Governors for the state university system or even FSU’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. David Stewart is a member of the Capital Medical Society, which came out against the project this week and says, “We think this is just a political football where the legislators are just paying back favors to other legislators or whatever and the school didn’t ask for this.”

Dr. John Van Tassel disagrees. The chiropractor for FSU’s athletes says the graduate program would bring in money.

“The National Institute of Health has millions of dollars of research dollars earmarked for alternative medicines that nobody’s using. FSU can make use of that.”

But first taxpayers must spend millions to build the Chiropractic school, millions many argue could be better spent just about anywhere else.

Faculty members will forward their recommendation on the chiropractic school to the full Faculty Senate next week. Florida State’s Board of Trustees takes up the issue Friday. FSU may also hold a public forum on the school.


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