Planning & Development


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Source: Nancy Jackson, Director of Development and Accreditation

At the February 2015 FEPAC meeting, the Commission reviewed documents relating to institutions with pending awards of accreditation.  The Commission voted to award Full Accreditation (five-year term) to the following programs:  Boston University School of Medicine for the Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Forensic Science, Florida International University for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry or Biology, Certificate in Forensic Science and the Master of Science Degree in Forensic Science, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic and Investigative Science, John Jay College of Criminal Justice for the Master of Science Degree in Forensic Science, Laurentian University for the Honors B.Sc. Degree in Forensic Science (Single Specialization) and Honors B.Sc. Degree in Forensic Science and Chemistry (Combined Specialization), Marshall University for the Master of Science Degree in Forensic Science, the University of Tampa for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Science, and West Virginia University for the Bachelor of Science Degree in in Forensic & Investigative Sciences..  For a complete reporting of FEPAC Commission accreditation decisions, visit the FEPAC web site www.fepac-edu.org and select the link FEPAC 2015 Accreditation Decisions located under the “News and Noteworthy” section.

To date, there are 42 programs from 34 institutions that have been accredited by FEPAC.  Specifics regarding these and all awards of accreditation may be found on the FEPAC web site www.FEPAC-edu.org under the Accredited Universities link.

The 2015 FEPAC Accreditation cycle is proving to be another busy year for the Commission.  Programs submitting institutional applications for reaccreditation are:  Alfred State = SUNY College of Technology for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Science Technology, Bay Path University for the Master of Science in Forensics Degree, California State University, Los Angeles for the Master of Science Degree in Criminalistics, Cedar Crest College for the Master of Science Degree in Forensic Science, Eastern Kentucky University for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science with a concentration in Computer Forensics and Security, Loyola University Chicago for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Science, Mansfield University for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry with a Forensic Science Concentration, Towson University for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Chemistry and the Master of Science Degree in Forensic Science, University of Central Oklahoma for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Science with concentrations in Forensic Chemistry and Forensic Molecular Biology and the Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Science – Digital Forensics, the University of North Texas Health Science Center for the Master of Science Degree in Forensic Genetics, and Virginia Commonwealth University for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Science and the Master of Science Degree in Forensic Science.

FEPAC says farewell to Practitioner Commissioner Melissa Smrz.  Melissa (Missi) has served FEPAC for six years completing her second term in January 2015.  FEPAC will miss Missi’s insight and understanding of the accreditation process.  At the same time FEPAC welcomes Pamela Johnson to the Commission.  Ms. Johnson, a Fellow of the AAFS Criminalistics Section replaces Melissa Smrz as a Practitioner Commissioner.  She has experienced long time service with FEPAC working as an On-Site Evaluator since 2006 and is very familiar with FEPAC accreditation standards, practices, and mission.  FEPAC for is very pleased to welcome Ms. Johnson to its ranks.

Visit the FEPAC web site www.fepac-edu.org to learn read more about the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission.