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ABFSE Directory of Programs - California
 

    American River College
    Funeral Service Education

    4700 College Oak Drive
    Sacramento, CA 95841
    Valarie M. Rose, Funeral Service Education Coordinator
    Phone: (916) 484-8145
    FAX: (916) 484-8030
    Email: rosev@arc.losrios.edu
    Web: www.arc.losrios.edu/academics/programs-and-majors/funeral-service-education
    Accredited Degree Offered: Associate of Science
    Distance Education - YES (Limited)

     PROGRAM INFORMATION - American River

    Year

    Total enrolled

    # of New
    Students

    # of
    Grads

    Timely
    Grad*

    Graduation rate

    Did not finish**

    Overall %
    Employed

    Employed
    in FS

    2021

    53

    39

    28

    28/28

    100%

    1

    96%

    93%

    2020

    46

    30

    20

    20/20

    100%

    1

    100%

    100%

    2019

    35

    24

    13

    13/13

    100%

    1

    100%

    100%



    * Timely graduation = complete program in 1 times designated program length.
    ** Graduation rate reflects cohort graduation rate (% of students from original cohort completing in the designated year)
    *** Left before completing the program; did not finish.


     NATIONAL BOARD STATISTICS - American River

    Single Year

    School Pass Rate

    National Pass Rate

     

    Single Year

    School Pass Rate

    National Pass Rate

    2021 Arts

    78%

    68%

     

    2021 Sciences

    45%

    57%

    2020 Arts

    70%

    73%

     

    2020 Sciences

    63%

    64%

    2019 Arts

    63%

    72%

     

    2019 Sciences

    88%

    63%


    Accreditation
    Program Accredited by ABFSE:  Associate of Science - Funeral Service Education

    Initial Accreditation 2002/Last comprehensive review 2021/Next comprehensive review tbd.

      Re-accreditation:  April 2015 for 7 years with Focus Visit to review compliance with Standard 6 (recordkeeping) and Standard 11 (aims and objectives assessment).

      Most Recent Accreditation decision:  October 2018 - approved Focus Visit report confirming Standard 6 and Standard 11 compliance.
      -April 2022 - 'Probation' status; current accreditation continued while probation concerns are addressed.

      Probation status requires the following issues to be addressed by March 1, 2023:

      • Provide evidence that program records are effectively maintained including appropriate institutional oversight policies to ensure maintenance and continuity in the event of personnel changes.
      • Ensure consistent documentation and record-keeping for mandatory evaluation of student competencies in embalming and funeral directing.
      • Update agreements for use of off-campus instructional sites.
      • Provide evidence that a documented assessment plan is in place to measure program effectiveness and to implement necessary improvements.
      • Provide evidence that all deficiencies cited in the prior comprehensive review and site visit have been addressed.

      In addition, the program must assure that the program website and publicly distributed materials have a uniform message including the proper accreditation statement.
      In person site visit is required as follow-up to December 2021 virtual visit.

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    Cypress College
    Mortuary Science Department

    9200 Valley View Street
    Cypress, CA 90630
    Damon de la Cruz, PhD, Program Director
    Phone: (714) 484-7278
    FAX: (714) 484-7417
    Email: ddelacruz@cypresscollege.edu
    Web: www.cypresscollege.edu/academics/divisions-special-programs/health-science/mortuary-science
    Accredited Degree Offered:  Associate in Science
    Distance Education - NO

     PROGRAM INFORMATION - Cypress College

    Year

    Total enrolled

    # of New
    Students

    # of
    Grads

    Timely
    Grad*

    Graduation rate

    Did not finish**

    Overall %
    Employed

    Employed
    in FS

    2021

    152

    23

    39

    29/39

    59%

    28

    90%

    87%

    2020

    153

    69

    26

    20/26

    38%

    17

    77%

    81%

    2019

    123

    47

    26

    23/26

    55%

    16

    85%

    77%



    Timely graduation = complete program in 1 times designated program length.
    ** Graduation rate reflects cohort graduation rate (% of students from original cohort completing in the designated year)

    **  Left before completing the program; did not finish.


     NATIONAL BOARD STATISTICS - Cypress College

    Single Year

    School Pass Rate

    National Pass Rate

     

    Single Year

    School Pass Rate

    National Pass Rate

    2021 Arts

    92%

    68%

     

    2021 Sciences

    97%

    57%

    2020 Arts

    92%

    73%

     

    2020 Sciences

    83%

    64%

    2019 Arts

    56%

    72%

     

    2019 Sciences

    76%

    63%


    Accreditation
    Program Accredited by ABFSE:  Associate in Science - Mortuary Science

    Initial Accreditation 1946/Last comprehensive review 2020/Next comprehensive review 2027

      Re-accreditation: May 2020 for period of 7 years

      Most recent Accreditation decision: May 2020 re-accreditation with no stipulations; important factors in the decision were the dedicated administration, faculty, staff, advisory board and loyal alumni base, availability of support resources including off -campus clinical sites, proactive efforts to meet employer's needs and an exemplary assessment plan.


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