The American Board of Funeral Service
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.
ABFSE Meets in Nashville, TN
The American Board of Funeral Service Education held its biannual meetings
in Nashville, TN on October 13 - 16, 2021. Due to the pandemic, the work of ABFSE
has been conducted in a virtual environment, so it was great to gather for in-person
Representatives from twenty-five of the ABFSE programs attended meetings of the
Executive Committee, Committee on Accreditation and a Self Study Workshop and
posed for a photo during the NFDA Convention.
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Annual ABFSE Curriculum Review
Each year Hilgenfeld Foundation for Mortuary Education sponsors the ABFSE Curriculum Review Workshop. Covid-19 prevented
the traditional in-person workshop in 2020 and 2021, but curriculum review continued via Zoom. In 2020, ABFSE reviewed the
Anatomy, Pathology, Sociology and History. The 2021 review session covered Embalming, Funeral Directing and Professional Business Communications.
ABFSE is indebted to the educators and
licensees who dedicated two full days to the review process.
The last in-person curriculum review was held in conjunction with the CANA convention in Louisville, KY in 2019. Twenty-five educators and practitioners
worked at Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville, IN to review the curriculum for Cremation, Funeral Home Management, Microbiology and Restorative Art.
Meet the Scholarship Recipients
In the past academic year, ABFSE received 43 scholarship inquiries and awarded 6 scholarships for a total of $12,500 (5 undergrad
& 1 post-grad) in October 2021. Meet our recipients. Scholarships are made possible due to the generosity of the Scholarship Sponsors recognized below.
Colleagues in the News
Activity abounds at the ABFSE accredited schools and programs.
Click the links below to read more about special events and announcements.
San Antonio College receives Aspen Institute prize for 2021 Community College Excellence.
President of AAMI discusses nationwide enrollment trends
Connick discusses declining enrollment in Director.edu
President of CCMS Inducted into US Army Quartermaster Hall of Fame
Lechner Induction Hall of Fame 2019
American River College
San Antonio College
University of District of Columbia Community College