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    American River College
    Funeral Service Education

    4700 College Oak Drive
    Sacramento, CA 95841
    Valarie M. Rose, Program 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 (less than 50% of program)
    Part-time option available - No

     PROGRAM INFORMATION - American River

    Year

    Total enrolled

    # of New
    Students

    # of
    Grads

    Timely
    Grad*

    Graduation Rate**

    Did not finish***

    Overall %
    Employed

    Employed
    in FS

    2022

    56

    21

    35

    35/35

    100%

    0

    100%

    97%

    2021

    53

    39

    28

    28/28

    100%

    1

    96%

    93%

    2020

    46

    30

    20

    20/20

    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

    Arts

    Takers

    School
    Pass Rate

    National
    Pass Rate

     

    Sciences

    Takers

    School
    Pass Rate

    National
    Pass Rate

     2022

      25

    56%

    69%

     

     2022

    25

    52%

    64%

      2021

     9

     78%

     68%

     

     2021

    11

     45%

     57%

    2020

     10

    70%

    73%

     

    2020

    16

    63%

    64%


    School pass rate is based on 1st time test takers within one year of graduation.


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

    Initial Accreditation 2002/Last comprehensive review 2021/Next comprehensive review 2028.

      Re-accreditation:  April 2015 for seven (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.
      -December 2022 - Completed in person site visit as follow-up to December 2021 virtual visit.
      -April 2023 - Probation status resolved. Returned to 'Good Standing'. Focus visit will be scheduled when the program completes the anticipated move into new facilities.

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    Cypress College
    Mortuary Science Department

    9200 Valley View Street
    Cypress, CA 90630
    Jolena Grande, Department Coordinator
    Phone: (714) 484-7278
    FAX: (714) 484-7417
    Email: jgrande@cypresscollege.edu
    Web: www.cypresscollege.edu/academics/divisions-special-programs/health-science/mortuary-science
    Accredited Degree Offered:  Associate in Science
    Distance Education - NO
    Part-time option available - 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

    2022

    148

    64

    33

    26/33

    52%

    26

    91%

    79%

    2021

    152

    23

    39

    29/39

    59%

    28

    90%

    87%

    2020

    153

    69

    26

    20/26

    38%

    17

    77%

    81%



    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

    Arts

    Takers

    School
    Pass Rate

    National
    Pass Rate

     

    Sciences

    Takers

    School
    Pass Rate

    National
    Pass Rate

     2022

     33

    91%

    69%

     

     2022

    32

     97%

    64%

      2021

     37

     92%

     68%

     

     2021

    37

     97%

     57%

    2020

     24

    92%

    73%

     

    2020

    24

    83%

    64%


    School pass rate is based on 1st time test takers within one year of graduation.


    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 seven (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.

      -October 2023 - Probation as result of non-compliance with Standard 10.5.2 - graduation rates less than 60%.


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