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Program Effectiveness Measures

 

Outcome
Measurement Tool
Benchmark
Timeframe
Responsibility
Results
1.
Students will pass the national certification on the first attempt within six months of graduation.
National Certification Examination First Time Pass Rates
75% or higher each year
 
5-year average: 80% or higher
Six months post graduation or upon completion by all
Program director
2013: 8/10 = 80%
2012: 8/8 = 100%
2011: 12/12 = 100%
2010: 10/10 = 100%
2009: 9/10 = 90%
 
Total: 94% (46/49)
2.
Students will be gainfully employed within six months of graduation.
Graduate Survey, Section B, Question 1, or word-of-mouth
75% or higher each year
 
5-year average : 80% or higher
Six months post graduation or upon completion by all
Program director
2013: 8/10 = 80%
2012: 7/8 = 88%
2011: 11/12 = 92%
2010: 10/12 = 83%
2009: 11/12 = 92% Total: 87% (41/49)
3.
Students will complete the program.
Graduation Roster
75% or higher will complete the program annually.
End of program
Program director
2013: 10/12 =83%
2012:8/12 = 88%
2011: 12/12 = 100%
2010: 10/12=83%
2009: 10/12=83%
4.
Graduates will be satisfied with their education.
Graduate Survey, Section D, Question 12
80% will respond “Always”.
 
(Rating scale: Always, Usually, Sometimes, Rarely)
End of program
Program director
2013: 100% (10/10)
2012: 83% (5/5)
2011: 58% (7/12)
2010: 70% (7/10)
2009: 78% (7/9)
5.
Employers will be satisfied with the performance of newly hired technologists.
Employer Survey, Question: Would you consider hiring future South Florida State College Radiography graduates?
90% or higher will respond “Yes”.
 
(Rating scale: Yes/No)
Six months post graduation or upon completion by all
Program director
2013: 100% (1/1)
2012: 100% (5/5)
2011: 0/1 (n=5) = No response
2010: 8/8 (n=8) = 100%
2009: 6/6 (n=6) = 100%

 

Program Effectiveness Measures
Action/Analysis

Program Effectiveness Measure: Outcome #1. (Students will pass the national certification examination on the 1st attempt within 6 months of graduation): Annual benchmark met. The program is very proud of its brief history of continually meeting or exceeding this benchmark. However, the single student who was not successful contacted the program director on few occasions in calendar year 2010, and requested remediation. The program director agreed to remediate, however, the student failed to make an appearance. The aforementioned student was a certified Pharmacy Technician prior to acceptance to the radiography program and has been gainfully employed as a Pharmacy Technician since graduating from the radiography program.

Graduates will be encouraged to sit the national examination within one month following graduation. Most, if not all, literature indicates a strong correlation between those graduates who are successful and those who fail when the examination is attempted soon after graduation.

Program Effectiveness Measure: Outcome #2 (Students will be gainfully employed within 6 months post-graduation): Annual benchmark met. This program has enjoyed strong support from the communities it serves and while not all graduates are offered full-time employment within 6 months following graduation, most are offered part-time employment.

The current state of the economy is definitely an influencing factor. It appears employers are reluctant to offer full-time employment as a means to manage employment costs; however, a few graduates are working more than 40 hours per week.

The program is currently exploring the opportunity to increase the number of clinical education sites available to its students, thereby, increasing the pool of potential employers. The program rotates students through three of the five current clinical education settings to allow the students equal educational clinical experience as well as increase future employment options, both are regarded as program’s strengths.

Program Effectiveness Measure: Outcome #3 (Students will complete the program): Annual benchmark met. While this benchmark continues to be met, the program recognizes some students who are accepted will attrite due to unforeseen personal reasons, for example, family problems and pregnancy. Then, there are a few who will attrite because they do not like the technology or the profession. The program enjoys a relatively low attrition rate, but attempts have been made to lower an already low rate of attrition by implementing an 8 hour observation period within an imaging center prior to acceptance to the program.

The college also offers several Health Sciences programs which may have the unintended benefit of lowering attrition to the program. The program believes only students who are passionate about becoming radiologic technologists will seek entrance to the program owing to the many Allied Health programs offered by the college.

Program Effectiveness Measure: Outcome #4 (Graduates will be satisfied with their education): Annual benchmark met. The program graduates derive personal satisfaction from the recognition they receive and believe they are welcome contributors to the health care team.

Program Effectiveness Measure: Outcome #5 (Employers will be satisfied with the performance of newly hired technologists): Annual benchmark met. The employer rated the program’s graduates overall performance as “excellent” and would consider hiring future graduates. In the future, the program director will hand deliver the Employer Surveys to the department managers and wait while the surveys are being completed. Hopefully, this will increase the number of completed surveys returned.

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