The Complete History of the College, from 1973-1995

The University of Pasadena

In 1972, founding President Arthur J. Garrow presided over what was originally the International Chiropractic College of Neurovertebrology, and papers were filed for incorporation with the California Secretary of State on January 31, 1973. Before the first class was admitted, the name was changed to the University of Pasadena, School of Chiropractic. This institution was incorporated in January 1973 under the California nonprofit corporate laws as an educational institution offering the Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

Students were first enrolled in February 1974, mostly of transfer students from Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles and the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic at 774 E. Green Street, Pasadena California. This was the entire upper floor of the office building above Dr. Garrow's chiropractic office. The fundamental mission of the University of Pasadena was to be a vitalistic center of higher learning with schools that produced health care professionals who were well grounded in the VITALISTIC philosophy of life, health and healing, with scientific background. The institution was incorporated as a university because it was initially intended to have a number of schools and colleges teaching an array of subject from a vitalistic point of view. The first school developed was the School of Chiropractic. The University of Pasadena received formal approval to conduct its educational program from the California State Board of Chiropractic Examiners in September 1974. This caused a problem for the students who had enrolled in February, as the State Board would (later) not recognize the hours spent in class from February to September 1974. This was the beginning of a conflict between the California State Board of Chiropractic Examiners (SBCE), the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), and the Straight Chiropractic Academic Standards Association (SCASA), that would plague the college throughout it's history.

Application for CCE acceditation was begun in January of 1974 and after visitation by the CCE team, it was determined that the school needed a larger library to meet CCE approval, in addition to some outside funding. Dr. Garrow set out to acquire additional funding, and shortly with this and more in hand, he closed his office (downstairs from the college) and it was converted to the new library. An additional visit by the CCE team brought further changes, as they objected to the "University" title, since the School of Chiropractic was the only school in existance, and needed additional paperwork, but accepted the physical plant. (Click here to go back to the top of the page)

Pasadena College of Chiropractic

The name, "University of Pasadena," was changed to "Pasadena College of Chiropractic" in September, 1977. In January 1978, the Pasadena College of Chiropractic received approval to award the Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the California State Department of Education, Office of Private Post-secondary Education. The Pasadena College of Chiropractic held candidate status with the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) between 1981 and 1988. In October 1978, the college welcomed Dr. Alfonso Santomauro as the Dean of the College and Dr. Jay Kirby as Director of Clinics. Dr. George Haynes (from LACC) was added to the Board of Trustees to assist in the CCE accreditation process.

This "candidate status" was not the full accreditation that Dr. Garrow had envisioned, and he met many roadblocks while trying to receive full accreditation status, mostly from chiropractic politicians who did not want another chiropractic college in southern California. One of the requirements was "room to expand the physical plant" which was impossible at the Green Street location, therefore the school moved in November of 1978 to 55 St. John Street in Pasadena, a much larger building, which was owned by the Norton Simon Museum. Unfortunately, this move gave the CCE more reasons to not grant full accreditation, instead of solving the problems. The major stumbling block at this point, was that the school would "never" be allowed to purchase the property from the museum.

After a number of years at the St. John location, Dr. Garrow acquired a lease with purchase option on a school complex in northwest Pasadena, at 1505 N. Marengo Ave. In March 1981, the school moved to this location, a building of classic architecture and of great size. There was more than enough room for expansion (the college used only one wing) and it was an attraction for movie and television, which produced additional income for the college. The movies "National Lampoon's Class Reunion" and Goldie Hawn's "Wildcats" were filmed there, as well as some episodes of the new version of "The Twilight Zone". However, full accreditation by the CCE still did not come to the college, as there were numerous visitations and lists of "changes" that always were necessary.

During this time the chiropractic profession had 2 accrediting associations, one adhering to a more traditional medical curriculum the (CCE) and another the Straight Chiropractic Academic Standards Association (SCASA) that adhered to a more vitalistic medical curriculum. In 1988, Dr. Garrow retired from the college and Dr. Carrol Lowery was appointed as the President of the College. Dr. Lowery's immediate concern was that the city of Pasadena would not renew the lease on the school property, and wanted it back for their own use. Without an appropriate site available for the college in the Pasadena area, Dr. Lowery and the Trustees of the College acquried an unused grade school at 8420 Beverly Road, in Pico Rivera, and moved the school there in 1989.

The move put the college into financial stress, so the Board of Trustees brought in Dr. Daniel Kuhn as President, and he immediately placed Dr. Ralph Boone, a vitalistic based chiropractor, as the President of the College. Because of its closer leanings toward vitalistic healing, Pasadena College of Chiropractic applied for accreditation with the Straight Chiropractic Academic Standards Association (SCASA). Pasadena College of Chiropractic (and later SCCC) held candidate status with SCASA between December 1988 and December 1992. (Click here to go back to the top of the page)

Southern California College of Chiropractic

In May 1989, the name Pasadena College of Chiropractic was changed to Southern California College of Chiropractic. In December 1992, Southern California College of Chiropractic received full accreditation status from SCASA. During this time there was a bitter rivalry between the two chiropractic accrediting agencies, CCE and SCASA.

Unfortunately, SCASA was delisted as a recognized accreditation agency by the United States Department of Education in June 1993. Those colleges that were accredited by SCASA were forced to seek new accreditation from the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). In March 1993, the Southern California College of Chiropractic took the first step toward applying for accreditation by submitting Eligibility Documents with the CCE which was now the only recognized chiropractic accrediting agency. Those Eligibility Documents were accepted by the CCE on April 2, 1993, thereby establishing SCCC's eligibility to apply for accreditation status with CCE.

Southern California College of Chiropractic lost its financial aid participation eligibility due to SCASA's loss of recognition by the U.S.Department of Education. However, the College requested and was granted an extended period of eligibility for eighteen months by the U.S. Department of Education. On September 22, 1993, the College submitted the required Self-Study Report to CCE. Between March 14, and 18,1994, a CCE site team visitation of SCCC was conducted. At a status review meeting with CCE on June 16, 1994, SCCC's application for initial accreditation was considered. The Commission on Accreditation of CCE denied an award of initial accreditation to SCCC on that date.

SCCC and two other Straight Chiropractic Colleges were all denied accreditation by the Council on Chiropractic Education. Appeals of the adverse accreditation decision by CCE by all three colleges were submitted. The Colleges submitted a formal complaint to the US Department of Education against CCE's unfair practice and decision.

The Beginning of the End

Southern California College of Chiropractic, now not holding any form of status with an accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education, would lose its financial aid eligibility with the US Department of Education on December 4, 1994. The College's approval by the California State Board of Chiropractic Examiners was to expire in June 1995. The appeal and the complaint to the USDOE, was not successful, and consequently its participating eligibility in federal financial aid programs came to an end in December 1994. (Click here to go back to the top of the page)

Quantum University

In November 1994 Dr. Edwin C. Floyd a graduate of the original school University of Pasadena and President of the International College of Homeopathy was named President of Southern California College. Dr. Floyd returned to his alma mater with a plan to revive the institution by reintroducing the initial university system as the mission of the school. In May of 1995 an entirely new board took control of the school and funded about one million dollars toward its revitalization. The name Southern California College of Chiropractic was changed to Quantum University and Dr. Floyd was named chancellor. At this time there were approximately 150 students on the campus. About 18 months were needed in order to teach out the remaining students. The State Board of Chiropractic Examiners would not extend approval to the school to allow the remaining students to complete their education and the only school that would accept transfer of the students was Cleveland Chiropractic College - Los Angeles.

After receiving no cooperation from the chiropractic profession, the new Board of Directors gave custody of the students records to the International College of Homeopathy, and Quantum University closed in November 1995 bringing to an end almost 25 years of producing very fine vitalistally oriented doctors to the Chiropractic profession. (Click here to go back to the top of the page)

The Aftermath

Since November 1995 the International College of Homeopathy under the direction of Dr. Floyd has held custody of the records from the University of Pasadena, Pasadena College of Chiropractic and the Southern California College of Chiropractic. The name International College of Homeopathy was changed to Quantum International University and Dr. Floyd continued as President. Quantum International University continued in the spirit of training vitalistic physicians by teaching classical homeopathy to health care professionals throughout the United States.

While Chancellor of Quantum University, Dr. Floyd made the acquaintance of Dr. David Prescott a chiropractor and attorney in California. Dr. Prescott had initially become a board member of the Quantum University and then became Vice President of legal affairs for the school. In March of 1998 Dr. Prescott contacted Dr. Floyd and informed him that he had created a school of Bio-Functional medicine to train doctors in the healing techniques and modalities that are not being taught in todays medical schools or colleges. Dr. Prescott requested Dr. Floyd take over the school he had created the (International Institute of Postgraduate Natural Studies) and incorporate its Bio-Functional Medical program into the Quantum International University system. However, after further consideration it was agreed that Dr. Floyd and Dr. Prescott would join forces and together build one institution. The name of the institution founded by Dr. Prescott (International Institute of Postgraduate Natural Studies) was changed to Veritas International University. Dr. Floyd was to become president of the university and Dr. Prescott was to become senior vice president and Dean of the school of Bio-Functional Medicine. On September 8, 1998, at the Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. Floyd was appointed president of Veritas International University. However, Dr. Prescott declined to assume his position stating he had other pressing obligation he desired to attend to. The Board with regret accepted Dr. Prescotts withdrawal and wished him well. Veritas International University will be forever indebted to Dr. Prescott for his many efforts and valuable contribution toward the development of Veritas International University.

At the September 8, 1998 board meeting those members of the Quantum International University Board, and the new Veritas International University Board came together to form one board to oversee both Universities. This created the Quantum-Veritas International University Systems which is now known as QVIUS. Dr. Floyd was given charge to again create a vitalistic center of higher learning. With that charge, the initial mission and movement of the founding President University of Pasadena, Dr. Arthur J.Garrow lives on.