UPR president requests report on status of RCM accreditations

By John McPhaul

University of Puerto Rico (UPR) President Dr. Jorge Haddock requested on Sunday a report on the status of all accreditations of the Medical Sciences Campus (RCM by its Spanish initials), which must be presented on or before June 30.

Haddock made the request after meeting Saturday with the newly appointed interim chancellor of the RCM, Wanda Maldonado Dávila, along with the director of the Radiologic Technology program, Juan Meléndez; the dean of the School of Health Professions, Dr. Bárbara Segarra; and other members of the faculty to discuss the future of the associate degree in radiologic technology offered by the RCM, the university said in a written statement.

“Due to the importance of the accreditation of academic programs, I request an updated report on the status of all the accreditations of the RCM programs, to ensure that they are being met in accordance with the requirements of the accrediting agencies,” Haddock said in the statement. “The campus, as directly responsible for the accreditation of academic programs, has the duty to notify the Vice Presidency of Academic Affairs and Research of the accreditation status of the program, as established in Governing Board Certification 45, 2019-2020.”

“However, it was not until yesterday, through the required report, that we became aware of the indications made by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology about the Associate Degree Program in Radiologic Technology,” the UPR president continued. “It is of utmost importance that the RCM complies with the Certification and with the rigorous assessment process established in the university system.”

Haddock had announced the appointment of Maldonado Dávila as interim chancellor of the RCM on April 27. The former dean of the RCM School of Pharmacy began functions as recently as May 7 after the resignation of the previous chancellor, Dr. Segundo Rodríguez Quilichini.

“Although the Examining Board of Radiological Technologists of Puerto Rico has not been constituted since 2019, the Department of Undergraduate Programs of the RCM could have taken proactive measures to avoid the determination of the accrediting entity, which is not related to the need for funds,” Haddock said in the communication. “The exam is also offered at the national level and the faculty was already contemplating its restructuring from previous years. I hope that they will be able to optimize the offering of the program through the plan of action drawn up.”

The Puerto Rico Examining Board of Radiologic Technologists offers revalidation at the local level, which is necessary to meet the indications of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

The UPR president noted that he has contacted Health Secretary Dr. Carlos Mellado, who informed him that the necessary procedures have already begun for offering the test again.

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