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ABFSE Meets in Nashville, TNThe 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.

Find an ABFSE Accredited Program or Schoolblueshadow 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
meetings again.

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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blueshadow ABFSE 57th Annual Conference in Miami, FL

 ABFSE met in Miami, FL for its 2019 Annual Conference which included committee meetings and professional development sessions.

ABFSE 57th Annual Conference in Miami, FLThe 2020 Annual Conference (58th) was cancelled due to Covid-19.

The 2021 Annual Conference (59th) was held in a virtual format. (See Executive Director PowerPoint from the April 23, 2021 Annual Meeting.)

 

 

 


 

    Debra (Bitsy) Cohn leads ‘Prior Learning Assessment’ workshop (above)

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blueshadow 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.

Curriculum Workshop presented at Mid-America CollegeABFSE 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.

 

 

ABFSE Curriculum Workshop 2019

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blueshadow Meet the Scholarship Recipients

In the past academic year, ABFSE received 26 scholarship inquiries and awarded 10 scholarships for a total of $20,000 (9 undergrad & 1 post-grad) in April 2021.  Meet our recipients.  Scholarships are made possible due to the generosity of the Scholarship Sponsors recognized below.

Steve Angell

Gregory Backer

Mariah Banks

Whitney Barthel

Samantha Bullock

Chris Frushon

Steve Angell
DesMoines Area Community College

View bio here

Gregory Backer
Mercer County Community College

View bio here

Mariah Banks
Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science

View bio here

Whitney Barthel
DesMoines Area Community College
View bio here

Samantha Bullock
Northwest Mississippi Community College
View bio here

Chris Frushon
Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science

View bio here

Matthew Martin

Ashli McCall

Miranda Mejia

Jenna Riley

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Matthew Martin
Worsham College of Mortuary Science

View bio here

Ashli McCall
St. Petersburg College

View bio here

Miranda Mejia
State University of New York-Canton
View bio here

Jenna Riley
Fayetteville Technical Community College
View bio here

James Thomas
San Antonio College
View bio here

 

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blueshadow 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
https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article222681980.html

San Antonio College
https://therivardreport.com/sac-mortuary-science-students-focus-on-helping-families-amid-grief

University of District of Columbia Community College
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/magazine/wp/2018/12/10/feature/handle-with-care

 

Message from ABFSE’s President to the ABFSE Community

 

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Funeral Service Profession

Where are the accredited programs?

Accreditation/COA

Questions for COA

Degree Mills

Resource Links

Contact Us

Town Hall and Professional Development notes
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Coronavirus Precautions and Policy Considerations


 

Review of Standards

Review Of Standards

Click here for:
Summary of the review process
Standards approved for Jan.1, 2020 implementation

 

National Scholarship ProgramThe National
Scholarship Program

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.

Apply for your Scholarship Online!

 

Complaint Procedures

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Scholarship Sponsors

 Answering Service for Directors - ASD                Jim Augustine Memorial Fund             Bass-Mollett Publishers Inc.              Cremation Association of North America

   The Champion Company                          Church & Chapel Arts                                  Smart Director by Continental Computers, Inc.

      Dodge                                   Eagle's Wings Air - EWA                                 Fundafamily.com                   Heritage Club of NFDA

 Inman Shipping Worldwide                               National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science                                  National Funeral Directors Association and the Heritage Club

           National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association                                   NMS - National Mortuary Shipping                                  NOMIS Publications


                                 PRECOA                           SC Funeral Directors Association                         Travel Plan by Inman                                                              

                                            trigard-logo                                                   Tuesday Evening Publications                                                               University Mortuary Science Education Association                    

 

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