ASRT releases baseline results of radiologic education survey

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The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) has released the results of its first survey measuring the demographics and teaching practices of faculty members in radiologic science programs. The “State of Radiologic Sciences Education” survey was developed to establish a baseline for the ASRT to monitor trends in the educational environment over the next decade.

The survey period lasted from early November to Dec. 16, 2011, and received a total of 742 responses. Email questionnaires were sent to anybody who had self-identified as an educator in the ASRT database.

Among the findings of the survey were:

  • Respondents reported an average of 27.6 students entered each of their radiologic science programs in 2011.
  • Of students who completed a program, 93.1 percent passed the certification exam on the first attempt and 83.6 percent found jobs within six months.
  • An average of 3.4 full-time faculty members and 4.1 adjunct faculty members were found in each respondent’s program.
  • Sixty percent of faculty have a master’s degree, 22.2 percent hold a bachelor’s degree and 6.1 percent earned a doctorate. More than half of respondents recommend that adjunct faculty, classroom instructors and clinical coordinators have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, and 47.6 percent think clinical instructors should hold at least a bachelor’s degree.

Respondents also answered a series of questions about their teaching practices which focused on a mix of instructional methods, assessment and feedback strategies, and use of technology. More than 70 percent of respondents said they always use lecture-discussion as an instructional method in the classroom. In addition, 58 percent of respondents reported that they always use the paper-and-pencil approach to administer tests, and 67.1 percent said they always use PowerPoint as an instructional tool.

“The data provide administrators and program directors with information about programs that isn’t widely available within the educational community,” said ASRT Chief Academic Officer Myke Kudlas, MEd, RT. “Educators and administrators can use the results to compare their programs with national norms in areas such as classroom size, number of instructors and common teaching techniques.”

The full survey results are available for download from the ASRT website.