Cleveland University-Kansas City
10850 Lowell Avenue
Overland Park KS 66210
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (800) 467-2252
Mission Statement
The Cleveland mission is to provide strong student-centered academic and professional education with a focus in the areas of life sciences and health promotion through education, scholarship and service.
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III
Board Chair Mr. Patrick L. Hammond D.C.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Private Practitioner, Shawnee, KS
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1922
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
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Cleveland University-Kansas City
Cleveland College Foundation Fund
10850 Lowell Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66210
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
The Cleveland mission is to provide strong student-centered academic and professional education with a focus in the areas of life sciences and health promotion through education, scholarship and service.
Background Statement
The University’s current president, Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III, is part of five generations of chiropractors. His grandmother and grandfather were among the founders of the institution. Originally named Central Chiropractic College, the College was renamed to Cleveland Chiropractic College in 1924. In 2012 the institution was renamed Cleveland University-Kansas City. The University continues to grow in the spirit of the vision to be recognized and respected as a leader in health promotion.
Impact Statement
Top accomplishments include two consecutive years of the largest fall enrollment in more than 20 years. After receiving accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission to launch an Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant and in Radiologic Technology, the University will soon be graduating the first students enrolled in the new programs. Cleveland University-Kansas City continues to be the leader of all Chiropractic institutions in the percentage of graduates completing the National Board Exams within 6 months of graduation. The University continues to provide Chiropractic treatment through its public Health Center and through outreach at the KC CARE Health Center in Kansas City, MO.
The University’s aspirational goals are academic excellence, constituent engagement, financial sustainability and operational excellence. Goals for the current year include continuing to increase enrollment, recruiting students for the new programs, and developing additional off-campus clinical sites in areas with underserved populations.
Needs Statement The University seeks funding for state-of-the-art technology and equipment including the purchase of digital x-ray machines for the Radiologic Technology program. Philanthropic support is also being sought for student scholarships, endowed professorships, and capital projects. Additional clinical sites are actively being sought for the new Occupational Therapy Assistant and Radiologic Technology programs.
Service Categories
Undergraduate Colleges
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
Geographic Area Served Narrative The majority of students enrolled at CUKC herald from Kansas and nearby mid-west states. The public Health Center located on campus is open to patients of all ages and is an approved Medicare provider.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
“Ultimately my life has become a dream come true. I owe much of that to Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III and Cleveland University and am honored to give in any way I can to make someone else’s dream come true.”
Board Chair Dr. Patrick Hammond DC (’97)
Official Chiropractor for the Kansas City Royals & Private Practitioner
Shawnee, Kan.
The Cleveland chiropractic education places importance on the science of the structure and function of the human body, blended with a philosophy for a hands-on approach to health and natural healing. It is a holistic approach. The instruction focuses on the importance of spinal function and its relationship to the nervous system and good health. Teaching emphasizes that the body is a self-regulating and self-healing organism. The goal is to use spinal and extremity adjusting techniques, along with advice regarding diet, exercise and positive lifestyle choices, to help the body function optimally.
Cleveland students discover that the teaching methods incorporate a personalized approach; one that includes:
  • Educators who are accessible and committed to a vision for advancing health promotion
  • Hands-on experience as early as the first Trimester
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success For students to learn the science and philosophy of Chiropractic.
Long-Term Success
Prepare graduates that will make a difference in health-care.
Program Success Monitored By Students must pass 5 sections of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) and graduate before they are eligible for licensure.
Examples of Program Success

After another strong showing in 2018, students in the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program at Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC), continue to set the pace among all chiropractic schools for board exam completion rates. During the most recent, four-year assessment period, CUKC students had an average completion rate of 95 percent, making it the best chiropractic institution in the nation in preparing chiropractic students for board examinations. The next closest school achieved a completion rate of 90.6 percent, and the national average for all schools over that same four-year period was 85.5 percent.

Cleveland University-Kansas City now offers a comprehensive and accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree Program. An occupational therapy assistant (OTA) works under the supervision of an occupational therapist directly with people to develop and improve their ability to perform daily activities. The goal for each individual person depends on his or her condition. Someone may need occupational therapy due to an accident, a lifelong health condition, or a disability.
At CUKC, the teaching and learning process used by occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants are linked. We believe our students learn best through guided experiences and practice with the opportunity for self-reflection.
The A.A.S. Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Cleveland University-Kansas City consists of 15 core courses which include approximately 4-5 months of fieldwork education. Focused 8-week courses immerse students into class subjects and allow for completion of an A.A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant degree in as little as two years.
Cleveland University-Kansas City’s College of Health Sciences admits students to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program three times per year. Academic and fieldwork courses are offered during the day, with occasional weekend rotations depending on the fieldwork assignment.
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success We prepare our students for national certification and professional job opportunities in Occupational Therapy.
Long-Term Success
Graduates will become part of a growing profession. Occupational Therapy Assistant jobs are considered the number one best health care support job in the nation as ranked by the US News & World Report and have a national median wage earning of $57,870 annually. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth in this field is anticipated to grow by 40% between 2014-2024, exceeding the average job growth for all occupations.
Each occupational therapy assistant takes continuing education courses for professional development and to maintain their licensure and certification. They can advance in their careers by teaching classes, and by becoming an administrator or director.
Program Success Monitored By The success of the program will be determined by graduates obtaining national certification and job placement. Graduates will have the opportunity to improve the lives of every patient they assist.
Examples of Program Success The program will have its inaugural graduating class in December 2019. Graduates will be able to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
Description Cleveland University-Kansas City now has an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Radiologic Technology. A radiologic technologist, unlike a technician, is a medical professional who is certified and registered to perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as X-rays, for physicians to assist in the diagnosis of a disease or trauma. More than half of all radiologic technologists work in hospitals, while others work in diagnostic clinics, physician group practices, mobile imaging facilities, and surgery centers. Cleveland University-Kansas City admits students to the Radiologic Technology program three times per year. Students complete eight general education prerequisite courses, then spend 16 months receiving instruction in a classroom setting and in a clinical training environment. Courses are in the evenings from 6-10 p.m. Clinical training occurs at affiliated medical and imaging facilities in the surrounding communities. Clinical education schedules vary by assignment and may include traditional daytime hours, evenings, and/or weekends.
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success At CUKC, students can complete their Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Radiologic Technology degree in as little as two years. Focused 8-week evening courses on campus are designed to immerse students into class subjects. Students receive hands-on training and gain experience on campus in two functional radiologic equipment rooms and in the University’s two demonstration suites. Additionally, students receive clinical experience in partner clinics throughout greater Kansas City and surrounding communities.
Long-Term Success
Graduates obtaining employment placement is our long-term goal. According to in March 2017, the national median annual wage for radiologic technologists is $52,423. Projections show that as the population ages, there will be an increased need for diagnostic imaging. The employment of radiologic technologists is anticipated to grow at a faster rate than the average occupation.
Program Success Monitored By The A.A.S. in Radiologic Technology degree at CUKC is officially recognized as an American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) approved educational provider for Radiography. Graduate outcomes will determine retaining this recognition.
Examples of Program Success The program will have its inaugural graduating class in August 2019. Graduates will be eligible to participate in the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Board Exam (ARRT).
People across America and around the world utilize chiropractic care as part of their approach to staying healthy and active. Chiropractic care is highly effective for a number of common musculoskeletal conditions. In addition, doctors of chiropractic have the knowledge and skills to assist their patients who wish to improve their diet or begin an exercise program to improve their overall health.
Cleveland University-Kansas City has been a health care education leader in the metropolitan Kansas City area since 1922. Our state-of-the-art Chiropractic Health Center in Overland Park is one of the area’s best choices for quality, affordable chiropractic care.
Under the supervision of licensed, experienced doctors of chiropractic, our student interns provide patient care in the Health Center during their final year of study. After conducting an in-depth patient exam and assessing their condition, our interns consult with one of our staff doctors to prepare an appropriate treatment plan for each patient that is the most beneficial for their needs. This ensures that each patient receives the most appropriate and effective care for his or her specific condition.
To learn more about the Health Center or request an appointment call 913.234.0700 or email: contactus@chirohealth.kc
Category Health Care, General/Other Chiropractic Care
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Hands on experience in the Health Center prepares our interns for professional practice post graduation.
Long-Term Success The Chiropractic Health Center at the University is open to the public. As a teaching institution, Cleveland University-Kansas City is dedicated to offering high quality affordable care for patients. Services are priced below Medicare and the area market (the Health Center is a Medicare provider). During the 2017-18 academic year, 21,062 services were provided to the public.  The Health Center has been open for more than 50 years and will continue to serve the public.
Program Success Monitored By The Health Center tracks the number of patient services it provides each year. The goal is to increase the number of services provited. The Council of Chiropractic Education reviews and accredits the Chiropractic program. All services provided through the Health Center and other Outreach programs are supervised by experienced and licensed Doctors of Chiropractic.
Examples of Program Success The number of services provided through the public Health Center increased during the 2017-2018 academic year. The number of services provided through outreach programs (such as preceptor-ships, the Kansas City V.A. Hospital and the KC CARE Health Center in Midtown) also continue to increase.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III
Term Start Jan 1973
Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Cleveland University. He is a fourth generation doctor of chiropractic, grandson of the University’s founders, and the third president of Cleveland Chiropractic College, now Cleveland University-Kansas City. He is a tireless ambassador for the chiropractic profession as represented by his service history. Having served as president of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges and president of the Council on Chiropractic Education, currently he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the History of Chiropractic, the National Chiropractic Legal Action Fund and the William M. Harris Family Foundation. He is a founding member of the Chiropractic Summit and has served as national spokesperson for the ACA/ICA Alliance for Chiropractic Progress. Dr. Cleveland III teaches Foundations in Philosophy and Science of Chiropractic. He is published, and his most recent publication through the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress is CHIROPRACTIC: A SAFE AND COST EFFECTIVE APPROACH TO HEALTH.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO Experience
Senior Staff
Title Vice President of Campus and Alumni Relations
Title Vice President of Academic Affairs
Title Vice President of Enrollment Management
Title Chief Operating Officer
Title Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Development
Title Vice President of Advancement
Paid Full-Time Staff 112
Paid Contractors 5
Volunteers 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Cleveland University-Kansas City has signed education articulation agreements with the institutions listed below. These agreements allow students to complete their degrees at other institutions while concurrently pursuing the Doctor of Chiropractic degree at CUKC.
  • Baker University
  • Cottey College
  • Donnelly College
  • Emporia State University
  • Fullerton College
  • Johnson County Community College
  • Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City
  • MidAmerica Nazarene University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Midland University
  • Morningside College
  • Northwest Arkansas Community College
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Pittsburg (Kan.) State University
  • Tabor College
  • Truman State University
  • University of Nebraska-Kearney
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • University of Saint Mary
  • Wayne State College
Dr. Cleveland named an Icon of EducationIngram's magazine2019
CEO Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Patrick Hammond D.C.
Company Affiliation Private Practitioner, Shawnee, KS
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Ms. Carol C. Cox Ph.D.Truman State University, Professor of Health Sciences
Mr. Carl J. DiCapoKansas City Catholic Charities, Executive Director
Mr. Charles A. Eddy D.C.Private Practitioner, Kansas City, MO
Mr. James Flanagan CPAFrancis C. Franke & Company, Managing Director
Mr. Patrick L. Hammond D.C.Private Practitioner, Shawnee KS
Mr. Steve Hays D.C.President, Pinnacle Management Group
Honorable Anna HoUnited States Federal Judge
Mr. Timothy E. Meng D.C.Private Practitioner, Independence, MO
Ms. Anita OsbornPersuadable Research Corporation, Executive Vice President
Mr. Brian Porteous D.C.Host/Executive Producer of "Health & Science Report Weekly" Radio Program
Mr. Jeff D. Spencer D.C.Private Practitioner, Kansas City, MO
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 Ethnicity is not tracked
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Aug 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $15,837,000
Projected Expenses $16,295,000
Endowment Value $17,460,476
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 4
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 8/31/2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$165,858$144,553$128,323
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$431,082$334,567$36,211
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind----$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$12,995,804$12,396,074$11,426,722
Administration Expense$2,535,219$2,310,173$2,190,365
Fundraising Expense$19,568$20,295$22,165
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.141.051.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%84%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$38,082,361$35,780,122$35,707,582
Current Assets$5,214,731$3,400,718$2,726,604
Long-Term Liabilities$5,025,760$4,999,490$5,123,081
Current Liabilities$13,870,719$13,703,901$14,447,296
Total Net Assets$19,185,882$17,076,731$16,137,205
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.380.250.19
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets13%14%14%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount $1,442,532 --Individual Donor $25,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount $100,000 --The Harris Family Foundation $25,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual Donor $25,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Other Documents
Organization Name Cleveland University-Kansas City
Address 10850 Lowell Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66210
Primary Phone (800) 467-2252
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III
Board Chair Mr. Patrick L. Hammond D.C.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Private Practitioner, Shawnee, KS
Year of Incorporation 1922