ARRT clarifies criteria for accreditation, supports Osborn Scholarship

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ARRT (The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) has recently added to its Standards for the Endorsement of Accrediting Agencies a new requirement and clarified its intended purpose and function after a review of its endorsement practices, the ARRT said.
       
Most substantial of the standard changes will go into effect January 1, 2006, when recognition by CHEA (the Council for Higher Education Accreditation) will be added. CHEA is the only private, non-profit national organization that evaluates the quality of regional, national and specialized accrediting organizations.
       
The following requirements were clarified as a result of its review, the ARRT said:

  • The USDE (US Department of Education) Scope of Recognition for specialized accrediting bodies must focus on radiologic technology, specifically, or allied health, more generally.

  • ARRT will recognize only those divisions of regional institutional accreditors that evaluate degree-granting institutions.

Additionally, the ARRT will continue to require recognition by the USDE.
       
In other ARRT news, the organization has increased its gift for the Royce Osborn Scholarship Fund from $20,000 to $50,000 for the 2004-05 academic year as well as pledged another $50,000 for 2005-06 period, said ARRT.
       
The ASRT (American Society of Radiologic Technologists) Education and Research Foundation Royce Osborn Minority Student Scholarship program awards scholarships for minority students who display exceptional academic achievement that attend entry-level radiologic-related sciences programs. Five scholarships of up to $4,000 each are awarded annually providing for the succeeding school year, said ARRT.
       
Additionally, the ARRT has added a $30,000 for 2004-05 to begin an endowment fund in order to develop ongoing income the scholarship program, said ARRT.
       
For more information on the program, visit the ASRT web site at www.asrt.org.