The American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
The ABFSE serves as the national academic accreditation agency for college and university programs in Funeral
Service and Mortuary Science Education. Although its roots go back to the 1940's, the ABFSE became an autonomous agency in 1962. The accrediting function of
ABFSE is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
Officers of the American Board of Funeral Service Education
Pictured left to right:
Jolena Grande, Secretary/Treasurer (Cypress College, CA)
Jzyk Ennis, Vice President (Jefferson State Community College, AL)
Karl Kann, President (Worsham College, IL)
Eugene C. Ogrodnik, Past-President (Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, PA)
ABFSE 55th Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC
ABFSE met in Myrtle Beach, SC for its annual business meeting which included committee meetings and professional
development sessions. Piedmont Technical College, Greenwood, SC served as the host institution.
Click here for a summary of the 55th
Annual Conference details.
ABFSE President Karl Kann (Worsham College) welcomed Cremation Association of North America (CANA) as a new member of ABFSE. CANA pledged their
support to ABFSE and CANA members will join the ABFSE committees to provide input for ABFSE. CANA joins NFDA, NFDMA and ICCFA as association members of ABFSE.
Educators attend 114th
Annual Meeting of International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards
Educators representing eight ABFSE accredited institutions attended the 114th Annual Meeting of International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards in New Orleans, LA, February 28-March 1, 2018.
Focus of the annual meeting was
on funeral service licensing matters including the National Board Examination.
Pictured left to right:
Jolena Grande, ABFSE Sec/Treas. Cypress College,
Steve Spann, John A. Gupton College,
Matt Buhl, Arkansas State University-Mountain Home,
Jim Shoemake, Dallas Institute,
Mark Evely, Wayne St. University,
Leili McMurrough, Worsham College, Glenn Bower, Commonwealth Institute.
(not photographed - Jack Lechner, Cincinnati College)
Meet the Scholarship Recipients
ABFSE Scholarship Committee made 3 scholarship awards totaling $6,500 in October 2017. 50 application inquiries were received and 14 complete applications were considered.
Review Of Standards
ABFSE conducted an initial review of
the standards used to accredit programs in funeral service/mortuary science.
Comments from individual
practitioners, students, funeral service professional groups and members of the public were collected.
Click here for a summary of 2017 survey responses.
Click here for the proposed updated
standards that will be discussed on Wednesday, April 11th at the ABFSE 56th Annual Conference in Anaheim,
of the American
Board of Funeral Service Education provides financial awards to students enrolled in funeral
service or mortuary science programs to assist them in obtaining their professional education.
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