FEPAC Proposes Changes to Accreditation Standards—Call for Comment

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Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Director of Development & Accreditation

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.

Additionally, in order to position FEPAC to expand the scope of accreditation, a reorganization of undergraduate standards 4.0 through 4.2 is required. Specific requirements for specializations of these concentrations have been proposed. These reflect coursework that would be expected for individuals employed in these fields.

You may access the proposed changes here: Track by Track Comparison. This document provides the proposed concentration criteria, as well as the rationale for each Standard.

As a follow-up to the updated undergraduate Digital Evidence programs standards adopted in 2016/17, FEPAC and a subcommittee of educator and practitioner experts have conducted an in-depth review of the FEPAC graduate standards. The review and proposed changes to the graduate Digital Evidence program standards can be reviewed here: FEPAC Grad DE Proposal 2018.

As per current FEPAC Policies & Procedures 4.10, the Commission must give constituents an opportunity to comment on any changes prior to adopting those changes; therefore, you are invited to comment on the changes presented by the Commission.

Please submit your comments before December 1, 2018, to Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Director of Development & Accreditation, at njackson@aafs.org.

Thank you.