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Past Committee Actions


Committee Actions:

October 2016
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 October 22 - 24, 2016 meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

Renewal of Accreditation

The following programs were found to be in substantial 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:

    Bishop State Community College, Mobile, Alabama
       Requires progress report to share engineering study for facilities improvement.

    Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, New York
       Submit copy of updated catalog.

    Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas City, KS
       By September 1, 2017, submit updated program assessment plan which demonstrates implementation and application of results.

    Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston, Mississippi
       Program admitted no new students and will suspend operations at the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

    Mid-America College, Jeffersonville, Indiana
       Includes provisional approval of new Bachelor of Science degree in Funeral Service (requires site visit) and disclosure statement
       "not regionally accredited."

    Vincennes University, Vincennes, Indiana
       Submit copy of updated catalog.

    Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
       Commend for comprehensive and technological nature of Self study and strength of program leadership.


The following program was placed on Probation status for failure to submit an acceptable assessment plan.  (Standards 3.1, 3.2, & 11.1.2.)  Response expected by March 1, 2017.

            Ivy Tech Community College - Northwest, East Chicago, IN

Programs presenting Candidacy applications

    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 at the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

    Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston, Mississippi

    Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, Cumberland, KY

Additional Accreditation Actions

    Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, IA
       New Associate degree program added to existing offerings.

    John A. Gupton College, Nashville, TN
       Distance learning associate degree approved.

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 April 18-20, 2017 meeting in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Renewal of Accreditation

    Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, Oregon
    Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC
    Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, MD
    Northwest Mississippi Community College, Southhaven, MS
    Amarillo College, Amarillo, Texas

The above schedule is subject to change.

Public comment regarding the above may be submitted to the ABFSE office prior to March 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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