In addition to the goals and student learning outcomes, the performance of the program is reflected through program effectiveness data as defined by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) (20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300, www.jrcert.org).
Program effectiveness data includes the program completion rate, credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate. Explanations of these measures and program data that correspond with the annual report most recently submitted to the JRCERT are noted below. This information can also be obtained at www.jrcert.org/resources/program-effectiveness-data. Questions about program effectiveness data should be directed to the Program Coordinator at (860) 906-5155.
The Capital Community College radiography program’s 2018 annual report to the JRCERT reflected the following five-year data from 2013-2017 graduating classes:
Completion Rate – January 1 through December 31, 2017
This is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. Fifteen students were in the graduating class beginning in January 2017 and graduated in 2017 for a 100% completion rate within that single year. The program’s overall completion rate for the class of 2017 was 88%. Fifteen of the seventeen students who began the program in 2017 went on to complete the program in 2017.
Credentialing Examination Pass Rate
The JRCERT requires reporting certification examination for the average, first attempt within six months of graduation from the program over a five-year span. The program’s 2014 through 2018 JRCERT credentialing examination pass rate is 78% (49/63). This average is uncharacteristically low due to two sub-standard pass rates in the last five years. The coordinator and advisory committee have discussed, recognized and addressed this issue. Among other strengthened prerequisites/requirements, the program implemented the requirement of the TEAS test for the class of 2018 as one way to address student preparation and success. The graduating class of 2018 had a 91% pass rate for the first attempt (ten of eleven graduates). The one student who was unsuccessful on the first attempt successfully passed on the second attempt. The prior average pass rate from 2008-2012 was 88% (seventy-one of the eighty-one graduates).
Job Placement Rate – 2013 through 2017
As identified on the returned Graduate Surveys each year, this is the number of graduates that gain employment in the radiologic sciences within one year of graduation, divided by the number of graduates that are actively seeking employment in that year. The “Job Placement Rate” reflects an average over a five-year period. The program’s job placement rate as an average from the years 2013 through 2017 is 30/34 = 88% (30 students gained employment and 34 were actively seeking employment).
As identified on the returned Graduate Surveys for the class of 2017, 10 students gained employment out of 12 who were actively seeking employment (83%).