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Past Committee Actions


Committee Actions:

April 2017
The Committee on Accreditation of the American Board of Funeral Service Education took the following actions regarding these funeral service/mortuary science education programs at the April 18-19, 2017 meeting in Myrtle Beach, SC:

Renewal of Accreditation

The following programs were found to be in compliance with the accreditation standards of the American Board of Funeral Service Education Committee on Accreditation and were granted re-accreditation for a period of seven (7) years:

    Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, Catonsville, MD
       Commended for commitment to support of the students, extensive opportunity for embalming experience and consistent
       performance on the national licensing exam.

    Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC
       Commended for technology support for the students, an active anatomical donor program, videos to support the program.

    Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR
       Commended for exemplary clinical facilities, rapport with the advisory board and goals for program improvement.

Renewal of Accreditation – deferred

    Northwest Mississippi Community College, Southhaven, MS
       Pending a focus visit to verify that newly implemented recordkeeping and assessment plans are in compliance with
       accreditation standards.


Accredited programs at the following institutions were placed on Probation status for failure to comply with Standard 11.4.1 – national licensing examination pass rate <60%.

            Holmes Community College, Ridgeland, MS

    Southeast Kentucky Technical and Community College, Cumberland, KY

    SUNY – Canton, Canton, NY

    Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN

Ivy Tech Community College - Northwest, East Chicago, IN was returned to full accreditation status after satisfying probation requirements.

Candidacy approved - (one year)

    Northeast Texas Community College, Mt. Pleasant, TX

    University of District of Columbia Community College, Washington, DC

Program Closures

The following programs will teach-out the existing students and cease to offer the currently accredited program by the end of 2017.

    Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston, MS

    Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, Cumberland, KY

    Bishop State Community College – Mobile, AL

Other actions taken by the Committee on Accreditation did not affect the accredited status of the programs involved.

The following institutions/programs will be considered for scheduled re-accreditation through a formal review by the Committee on Accreditation at the October 26-27, 2017 meeting in Boston, MA

    Amarillo College, Amarillo, TX

    Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, Houston, TX

    Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, Dallas, TX

    San Antonio College, San Antonio, TX

The above schedule is subject to change.

Public comment regarding the above may be submitted to the ABFSE office prior to September 1, 2017.

Executive Director
Robert C. Smith III

992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108
Woodbury Heights, NJ  08097
Office: (816) 233-3747

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Past Committee Actions



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