FEPAC Adopts Changes to Graduate Standards

Published April 8, 2019

Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 4.10 Review of Standards states that FEPAC is tasked with conducting ongoing and comprehensive reviews of its accreditation standards in order to verify that they evaluate educational quality and are relevant to the educational needs of students seeking a career in forensic science.

With the continued movement towards accelerated graduate programs and as states and governing agencies continue to identify employment requirements in the forensic science fields, FEPAC reviewed and revised its graduate standards to clarify and provide guidance to programs in these areas.  The proposed edits were provided to all interested parties with a call for comments. The comments received were considered by FEPAC at its annual meeting, February 17, 2019.  The final version adopted by FEPAC at the annual meeting reflects standards that address these issues

FEPAC approved and adopted changes to the standards. These Standards will be in effect for applications received for the 2020 review cycle. All currently accredited programs and those programs approved for accreditation during the 2019 review cycle, will be granted a period of time to bring programs into compliance with the revised standards and will be required to provide updates of progress in the FEPAC Annual Report.

The approved and adopted changes to the standards can be accessed through this link: 2019 FEPAC Graduate Comparison.  These Standards will be in effect for applications received for the 2020 review cycle.

Should you have any questions or additional comments, please direct them to Nancy J. Jackson, Accreditation and Outreach Coordinator njackson@aafs.org

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