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Accreditation Decisions

COA meets two times each year (April and October) and utilizes special meetings, if necessary.

Current decisions of COA are reported on this webpage and decisions since October 2013, may be reviewed under the tab - Past COA Decisions. Effective in 2019, accreditation decision information is included in the ABFSE Directory of Accredited Programs.

Committee on Accreditation (COA) Actions:

April 2021
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 13-14, 2021 Zoom meeting:

Initial Accreditation. Initial Accreditation is granted for three years.

    Columbus Technical College – Columbus, GA
    with the following requirements to be addressed:
    Identify lab components for Embalming and Restorative Art in  course descriptions.
    Describe the method used to compute faculty release time.

    Cape Cod Community College – West Barnstable, MA
    Received approval for its own program after facilitating a teach-out of students displaced when Mt. Ida College closed in 2018.

    Goodwin University – E. Hartford, CT
    Funeral Service program is now accredited on its own merits after accepting the transfer of an existing program when Lincoln College closed in 2018.

Return to good standing.

    E. Mississippi Community College – Scooba, MS
    Program will submit an updated assessment plan by February 15, 2022.


    American Academy McAllister Institute – New York, NY
    Probation status requires the following issues to be addressed by March 1, 2022:
    Verify  accuracy of 2020 Annual Report data
    Verify compliance with accreditation standards that took effect January 1, 2020
    Standard 1 - Internal structure and organization
    Standard 2 - Program Learning Outcomes
    Standard 3 - Publish required accreditation statement in consistent fashion.
    Standard 6 - Verify student - teacher ratios.
    Standard 10 - Demonstrate that the program assessment plan is in compliance with the standard.

    Southwest Tennessee Community College – Memphis, TN
    Candidacy status continued on Probation. Decision on Initial Accreditation to be addressed during June 15, 2021 meeting.


    North Shore Community College – Danvers, MA
    Candidacy approved for one year.

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 and initial accreditation through a formal review by the Committee on Accreditation at a special meeting on June 15, 2021 and at the October 14-15, 2021 meeting in Nashville, TN.

June 15, 2021

    Tidewater Community College – Virginia Beach, VA

Initial Accreditation:

    Southwest Tennessee Community College – Memphis, TN


    Arkansas State University – Mountain Home, AR

October 14- 15, 2021

    Chandler-Gilbert Community College – Mesa, AZ
    Florida State College – Jacksonville, FL
    Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service – Decatur, GA
    John A. Gupton College – Nashville, TN
    Milwaukee Area Technical College – Milwaukee, WI
    Piedmont Technical College – Greenwood, SC

The above schedule is subject to change.


Public comment regarding the above may be submitted to the ABFSE office prior to September 1, 2021.

Executive Director
Robert C. Smith III

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


Past COA Decisions



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