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Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 4.10 Review of Standards, FEPAC is tasked with conducting ongoing and comprehensive reviews of its accreditation standards to verify they adequately evaluate educational quality and are relevant to the education needs of students seeking a career in forensic science. During a recent review of the FEPAC Digital Evidence Standards, the Commission formed a task force comprised of FEPAC Commissioner and task force leader, Jeff Salyards, PhD, MFS, as well as digital evidence experts and educators, to identify the needs of forensic digital evidence students. The task force posed the following questions:
- What basic science and math classes should be the minimum requirement for this type of program (e.g., Calculus, Physics, Electronic Circuits, etc.)?
- What computer science classes should be the minimum requirement for this type of program (e.g., Object-Oriented Programming, Data Structures and Algorithms, Intro to Operating System, etc.)?
- What general Forensic Science Topics should be covered through a combination of courses and contact hours (i.e., should Digital Evidence programs cover QM, other Forensic Science Disciplines like LP and DNA, and Moot Court, etc.)?
- What Specific Computer Forensics/Digital Evidence subjects should be covered and how would this content be best delivered? Examples include Linux-based tools like DC3DD, vendor-based industry products (like EnCase), and Information Assurance/Network Security.
In response to these questions, the task force reviewed and proposed changes to FEPAC’s Standards as they apply to Computing and Information Science Technology Core Courses (Forensic Digital Evidence).
At this time, you are asked to review the proposed edits and forward any comments via email to Nancy Jackson, Director of Accreditation, at firstname.lastname@example.org. To access the document, please visit the FEPAC website http://fepac-edu.org and select the FEPAC Call for Comments link under News and Noteworthy.