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Responsibilities of Sponsors of JRCERT Accredited Programs

Policy Statements

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT):

11.501 believes that sponsors of educational programs accredited by the JRCERT have fundamental rights and accompanying responsibilities.
11.502 recognizes the importance of sponsors to be self-defining and self-determining.
11.503 recognizes that sponsors expect the JRCERT to conduct its business fairly, with proper regard for the sponsor’s freedoms, objectives and rights.
11.504 recognizes that sponsors define their preferred methodology for conducting ongoing program evaluation and analysis.

Specific Responsibilities

11.501A

Sponsorship

 

The sponsor shall:

  i. define and establish its organizational and administrative structure and management.
    The sponsor is responsible for maintaining administrative and academic control of the program, including its clinical education settings, and for assuring the quality, availability of resources, supervisory accountability for and validity of the education conducted.
  ii. select and to change clinical settings.
    The sponsor is responsible for informing the JRCERT of changes in clinical settings, curriculum and other factors as required in Policy 11.400, Procedure 11.404D.
  iii. determine the format and content of contractual agreements.
    The sponsor is responsible for clearly describing in writing, its obligations and those of its clinical settings.
    The sponsor is responsible for establishing affiliation agreements as identified in Policy 11.400, Procedure 11.405D, if the sponsor uses clinical settings outside its ownership.
  iv. select the JRCERT as its institutional accreditor.
    The sponsor is responsible for informing the JRCERT of its decision that the JRCERT act as the institutional accreditor for appropriate programs.

 

11.501B

Resources

  The sponsor shall:
  i. provide and manage its physical resources.
    The sponsor is responsible for ensuring that the resources and facilities required for effective learning and clinical education are adequate and appropriate for the needs of the number of students enrolled.
  ii. determine its financial practices.
    The sponsor is responsible for ensuring that there are adequate funds to maintain the quality of the program until commitments to enrolled students are satisfied.
  iii. assess qualifications and to employ program officials, faculty, and staff in accordance with sponsor policies.
    The sponsor is responsible for ensuring that program officials and faculty meet the qualifications in the relevant accreditation standards.
    The sponsor is responsible for notifying the JRCERT of changes in program officials within thirty (30) days of the change.
  iv. promote and grant tenure for officials and faculty in accordance with sponsor policies.
  v. monitor and provide professional development opportunities for the continuing competence of its faculty by the most effective means available.
    The sponsor is responsible for monitoring and promoting continuing competence of its faculty.
  vi. establish formal articulation agreements with post-secondary academic institutions for the purpose of establishing student options for attainment of academic degrees.

 

11.501C

Curriculum

  The sponsor shall:
  i. determine the curriculum format, sequence, duration and methods of instruction.
    The sponsor is responsible for designing a curriculum with sequence and process based upon sound educational principles.
    The sponsor is responsible for notifying the JRCERT of changes in the curriculum as identified in Policy 11.400, Procedure 11.408A.
  ii. assign course credits and/or clock hours and establish graduation requirements.
    The sponsor is responsible for ensuring appropriate course requirements based on course content and student contact hours.
  iii. determine and grant the terminal award.
    The sponsor is responsible for ensuring that the curriculum is adequate in content to prepare graduates to meet the entry-level requirements for the radiologic sciences.

 

11.501D

Students

  The sponsor shall:
  i. establish admission requirements and to select students in accordance with its policies.
    The sponsor is responsible for formulating policies for admission and acceptance of students that are in agreement with the relevant accreditation standards and for establishing and publishing admission requirements that ensure fair and equitable selection of students.
  ii. establish program length, tuition, fees, and refund policy.
    The sponsor is responsible for ensuring that program length supports the development of a competent practitioner and is appropriate for the terminal award granted. A refund policy must be provided to students.
  iii. determine the method for permanent maintenance of student records.
    The sponsor is responsible for retaining official records for each student enrolled and for assuring the future availability of these records.

 

11.501E

Fair Practices

  The sponsor shall:
 

determine the manner in which it observes and satisfies fair practice standards for accredited educational programs.

  The sponsor is responsible for assuring that its program(s) operate(s) in compliance with the fair practice requirements of the JRCERT.

 

11.501F

Program Evaluation and Analysis

  The sponsor shall:
  define its means of conducting evaluation, analysis and outcomes assessment.
  The sponsor is responsible for assuring ongoing program evaluation, analysis, and outcomes assessment.  In the event that the JRCERT determines that program faculty would benefit from education regarding accreditation or assessment processes, the JRCERT may require that a program official(s) attend a JRCERT-sponsored accreditation seminar and/or assessment workshop.
  The sponsor is responsible for documenting the achievement of program students based on the following acceptable parameters:
  a. A five-year average credentialing examination pass rate of not less than 75 percent at first attempt within six months of graduation (for Radiography, Radiation Therapy, and Magnetic Resonance only); A five-year average credentialing examination pass rate of not less than 75 percent at first attempt within 12 months of graduation (for Medical Dosimetry only); identifies mitigating circumstances  hindering attainment of this outcome.
  b. A five-year average job placement rate of not less than 75 percent within twelve months of graduation; identifies mitigating circumstances hindering attainment of this outcome.

Cross References

10.600 Developing and Applying Accreditation Standards
10.800 Alternative Learning Options
10.900 Fair Practice Standards in Education
11.400 Requirements for Sponsors of Accredited Programs
11.700 Verification of Qualifications of Program Officials
12.200 Program Closure

Adopted by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology: 04/04
Revised: 10/09; 10/10; 10/14; 04/19
Editorial Revision: 12/13; 12/14