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Accreditation Decisions

COA meets two times each year (April and October) and utilizes special meetings, if necessary.

Current decisions of COA are reported on this webpage and decisions since October 2013, may be reviewed under the tab - Past COA Decisions. Effective in 2019, accreditation decision information is included in the ABFSE Directory of Accredited Programs.

Committee on Accreditation (COA) Actions:

October 2022
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 19-20, 2022 meeting in Chicago, IL:

Re-accreditation for a period of seven (7) years

    Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Cincinnati, OH
    Program is reaccredited with stipulations to provide evidence of compliance with Standards 6.2.1 and 6.2.2 and Standards 7.2.1 and 7.2. regarding credit granted to students for work carried out off the main campus.

    Program was recognized for a faculty dedicated to the college and to student success, for a library offering exceptional access including to technological assets, and for the Admissions Pre-Application Readiness Check which is a valuable and easy-to-use tool for students and staff.

    Worsham College, Wheeling, IL
    Reaccredited with no stipulations.

    Important factors in the decision were an effective administrative communication process with faculty, staff and students, state of the art facilities, a successful student body that is positive and vocal about learning experiences, an involved advisory committee, optimistic employee comments about the future direction of the college.

Probation for one (1) year

    Malcolm X College, Chicago, IL
    Probation status requires the following issues to be addressed by September 1, 2023:

    • Provide evidence that completed embalming reports are signed by the student and the preceptor. (Standard 5.4.6d)
    • Provide evidence that clinical site inspections are completed. (Standard 5.4.6.h) Submit copies of signed inspection forms.
    • Provide evidence that Funeral Directing tasks are being completed by students.(Standard 5.4..8b, c, d, f, h)
    • Provide evidence of an assessment plan that demonstrates how the assessment results are used for instructional and programmatic improvement. (Standard 10.1.2g)

    Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas City, Kansas
    Probation status requires the following issues to be addressed by September 1, 2023:

    • Provide evidence of an assessment plan that demonstrates how assessment results are used for instructional and programmatic improvement. (Standard 10.1)
    • Provide evidence to demonstrate that students are meeting the funeral observation requirements of Standard 5.4.8.g.
    • Keep COA appraised of developments regarding the Higher Learning Commission actions regarding institutional probation.

Approval of Substantive Change Application to add Distance Education

    Florida State College, Jacksonville, FL

    FINE Mortuary College, Norwood, MA

Administrative Probationary Accreditation - for failure to pay accreditation renewal fees.
Action to correct the status is required withing 90 days to prevent Involuntary Withdrawal of Accreditation.

    East Mississippi Community College, Scooba, MS

    Southwest Tennessee Community College, Memphis, TN

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 regularly scheduled meeting April 11-12, 2023 in Atlanta, GA.


    St. Petersburg College, Pinellas Park, FL
    Salt Lake Community College
    , West Jordan., UT
    University of Central Oklahoma
    , Edmond, OK
    Nassau Community College
    , Garden City, NY

The above schedule is subject to change.


Public comment regarding the above may be submitted to the ABFSE office prior to March 1, 2023.


Executive Director
Robert C. Smith III
992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108
Woodbury Heights, NJ  08097
Office: (816) 233-3747


Past COA Decisions
(all documents below are presented in PDF format)

June 2022
April  2022

October 2021
August 2021
June 2021
April 2021
October 2020

April 2020
October 2019

April 2019
October 2018

April 2018
October 2017

April 2017

October 2016
April 2016

October 2015
April 2015
October 2014
April 2014
October 2013





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