ABFSE Final Review of Standards 2018

ABFSE is seeking comments on the proposed revision to the standards used to evaluate accredited programs. Comments and review during the past year resulted in proposed updates to the standards.

Comments from accredited  programs, practitioners, graduates, students, professional associations and all interested parties are welcomed.
To participate in this final review process, please complete this survey by  September 4, 2018.

The current ABFSE Accreditation Standards are found in their entirety at http://www.abfse.org/docs/standards.pdf. 
 
Please feel free to share the link to this survey with other interested parties. Your feedback regarding the standards will be used to improve the accreditation process.
 
note: Comments to the ABFSE are accepted via the website at any time. However,  this specific review period ends September 4, 2018. Please submit your comments by that deadline.
 

Please provide some background information. Indicate the status that best applies to you as you complete this survey.

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* 1. Please provide some background information. Indicate the status that best applies to you as you complete this survey.

Are you a graduate of an ABFSE accredited program?

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* 2. Are you a graduate of an ABFSE accredited program?

Gender

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* 3. Gender

Age

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* 4. Age

The Standards.
new STANDARD 1:  becomes STRUCTURE, ORGANIZATION, and ADMINISTRATION

Summary: new Standard 1 combines elements of the original Standards 1 and 2.

Please go to  Standard 1 Structure, Organization, and Administration page 2 to view full text of this proposed Standard.

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* 5. The Standards.
new STANDARD 1:  becomes STRUCTURE, ORGANIZATION, and ADMINISTRATION

Summary: new Standard 1 combines elements of the original Standards 1 and 2.

Please go to  Standard 1 Structure, Organization, and Administration page 2 to view full text of this proposed Standard.

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new Standard 2 becomes LEARNING OUTCOMES

Summary:   The proposal replaces Aims and Objectives  with Learning Outcomes which are more conducive to evaluation and assessment. 

Please go to Standard 2  page 3 to review full text of this proposed Standard.
        
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* 6. new Standard 2 becomes LEARNING OUTCOMES

Summary:   The proposal replaces Aims and Objectives  with Learning Outcomes which are more conducive to evaluation and assessment. 

Please go to Standard 2  page 3 to review full text of this proposed Standard.
        
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new Standard 3 becomes ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICES AND ETHICAL STANDARDS (previously Standard 4)

Summary:  The proposal adds specific accreditation disclosure language for single purpose and multi purpose institutions and incorporates the provisions for Student Complaints (from original Standard 13). 

Please go to Standard 3 page 4 to view full text of this proposed Standard.

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* 7. new Standard 3 becomes ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICES AND ETHICAL STANDARDS (previously Standard 4)

Summary:  The proposal adds specific accreditation disclosure language for single purpose and multi purpose institutions and incorporates the provisions for Student Complaints (from original Standard 13). 

Please go to Standard 3 page 4 to view full text of this proposed Standard.

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new Standard 4 – FINANCE (previously Standard 5)

Summary:  This standard was re-vamped to improve focus on programmatic budget and guidelines for ‘gatekeeper’ institutions.

Please go to Standard 4  bottom of page 5 to view full text of this proposed Standard.

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* 8. new Standard 4 – FINANCE (previously Standard 5)

Summary:  This standard was re-vamped to improve focus on programmatic budget and guidelines for ‘gatekeeper’ institutions.

Please go to Standard 4  bottom of page 5 to view full text of this proposed Standard.

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new STANDARD 5:  CURRICULUM (previously Standard 6)

Summary:   Two significant changes.  Programs are required to maintain a current Form B-6 ‘Curriculum Distribution by Content Area’ and Inspection of clinical/funeral home sites was changed. Inspections are now required every 3 years (v. every 2 years).

Please go to Standard 5 page 6 to view full text of this proposed Standard.

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* 9. new STANDARD 5:  CURRICULUM (previously Standard 6)

Summary:   Two significant changes.  Programs are required to maintain a current Form B-6 ‘Curriculum Distribution by Content Area’ and Inspection of clinical/funeral home sites was changed. Inspections are now required every 3 years (v. every 2 years).

Please go to Standard 5 page 6 to view full text of this proposed Standard.

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new STANDARD 6:  FACULTY (previously Standard 7)

Summary:   Changes are primarily of the housekeeping variety to clarify existing language.

Please go to Standard 6 page 10 to view full text of this proposed Standard.

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* 10. new STANDARD 6:  FACULTY (previously Standard 7)

Summary:   Changes are primarily of the housekeeping variety to clarify existing language.

Please go to Standard 6 page 10 to view full text of this proposed Standard.

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new STANDARD 7:  FACILITIES (previously Standard 8)

Summary:  Includes updated language regarding affiliation agreements.

Please go to Standard 7 page 11 to view full text of this proposed Standard.
 
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* 11. new STANDARD 7:  FACILITIES (previously Standard 8)

Summary:  Includes updated language regarding affiliation agreements.

Please go to Standard 7 page 11 to view full text of this proposed Standard.
 
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new STANDARD 8:  LIBRARY / LEARNING RESOURCES (previously Standard 9)

Summary:   Additions to this standard include requirements that
students will receive orientation to use the available library/learning resources and plans must exist to ensure that technology resources are current and functioning.

Please  go to Standard 8 page 12 to view the full text of this proposed standard.

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* 12. new STANDARD 8:  LIBRARY / LEARNING RESOURCES (previously Standard 9)

Summary:   Additions to this standard include requirements that
students will receive orientation to use the available library/learning resources and plans must exist to ensure that technology resources are current and functioning.

Please  go to Standard 8 page 12 to view the full text of this proposed standard.

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new STANDARD 9:  STUDENTS (previously Standard 10)

Summary:  Added is this standard is the expectation that students will receive necessary orientation prior to the start of coursework.
For programs wishing to offer credit by experience, some basic guidelines are  provided.
Records and reports references are moved to the Administrative Practices standard now Standard 3.

Please go to Standard 9 page 13 to view full text of this proposed Standard.

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* 13. new STANDARD 9:  STUDENTS (previously Standard 10)

Summary:  Added is this standard is the expectation that students will receive necessary orientation prior to the start of coursework.
For programs wishing to offer credit by experience, some basic guidelines are  provided.
Records and reports references are moved to the Administrative Practices standard now Standard 3.

Please go to Standard 9 page 13 to view full text of this proposed Standard.

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new STANDARD 10:  PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION / ASSESSMENT (previously Standard 11)

Summary:  Most significant changes are:        
Use of the 3-year average to evaluate graduation and job placement rates.
'Probation' and 'Show Cause' sanctions will be implemented when two of the three metrics evaluated in the standard are <60% (NBE pass rate, graduation rate, job placement rate).
There is a new requirement for distance learning (programs identified as offering 50% or more of coursework via distance learning) to segregate and disclose data regarding NBE pass rates, graduation rates, and job placement rates.

Please go to Standard 10 page 15 to view the full text of this proposed standard.

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* 14. new STANDARD 10:  PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION / ASSESSMENT (previously Standard 11)

Summary:  Most significant changes are:        
Use of the 3-year average to evaluate graduation and job placement rates.
'Probation' and 'Show Cause' sanctions will be implemented when two of the three metrics evaluated in the standard are <60% (NBE pass rate, graduation rate, job placement rate).
There is a new requirement for distance learning (programs identified as offering 50% or more of coursework via distance learning) to segregate and disclose data regarding NBE pass rates, graduation rates, and job placement rates.

Please go to Standard 10 page 15 to view the full text of this proposed standard.

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new STANDARD 11:  DEFAULT RATES IN THE STUDENT LOAN PROGRAMS UNDER TITLE IV and COMPLIANCE WITH TITLE IV PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES  (previously Standard 12)

Summary:  Confusing language, taken out of context from other sources, is removed and the use of default rates and Title IV program eligibility in accreditation decisions is clarified for the single purpose institutions for which ABFSE serves as 'gatekeeper'.
 
Please go to Standard 11 page 18 to view the full text of this proposed standard.

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* 15. new STANDARD 11:  DEFAULT RATES IN THE STUDENT LOAN PROGRAMS UNDER TITLE IV and COMPLIANCE WITH TITLE IV PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES  (previously Standard 12)

Summary:  Confusing language, taken out of context from other sources, is removed and the use of default rates and Title IV program eligibility in accreditation decisions is clarified for the single purpose institutions for which ABFSE serves as 'gatekeeper'.
 
Please go to Standard 11 page 18 to view the full text of this proposed standard.

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new STANDARD 12:  PROGRAM LENGTH, TUITION, AND FEES MUST RELATE TO SUBJECT MATTER (previously Standard 14)

Summary:  Clarifying language added. The standard impacts single-purpose, non-regionally accredited, funeral service institutions who must demonstrate compliance with obligations under Title IV Higher Education Act in order to participate in federal financial aid programs.  Regionally accredited institutions address this standard at the institutional level and not for the ABFSE program only.

Please go to Standard 12 page 19 to view the full text of this proposed Standard.

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* 16. new STANDARD 12:  PROGRAM LENGTH, TUITION, AND FEES MUST RELATE TO SUBJECT MATTER (previously Standard 14)

Summary:  Clarifying language added. The standard impacts single-purpose, non-regionally accredited, funeral service institutions who must demonstrate compliance with obligations under Title IV Higher Education Act in order to participate in federal financial aid programs.  Regionally accredited institutions address this standard at the institutional level and not for the ABFSE program only.

Please go to Standard 12 page 19 to view the full text of this proposed Standard.

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new Standard 13 – Program length in credit hours
(previously Standard 15)

Summary:   Single-purpose, non-regionally accredited, funeral service institutions participating in Title IV Higher Education Act programs must demonstrate that the program is defined in standard credit hour terms following the current Department of Education definition of credit hours. Regionally accredited institutions address this standard at the institutional level and not for the ABFSE program only.
Clarifying language is added to reference federal guidelines.

Please go to Standard 13 page 19 to view full text of this proposed Standard.

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* 17. new Standard 13 – Program length in credit hours
(previously Standard 15)

Summary:   Single-purpose, non-regionally accredited, funeral service institutions participating in Title IV Higher Education Act programs must demonstrate that the program is defined in standard credit hour terms following the current Department of Education definition of credit hours. Regionally accredited institutions address this standard at the institutional level and not for the ABFSE program only.
Clarifying language is added to reference federal guidelines.

Please go to Standard 13 page 19 to view full text of this proposed Standard.

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Additional comments or suggestions not included in this survey may be added here or should be directed to ABFSE via e-mail c/o exdir@abfse.org or via phone (816) 233-3747.

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* 18. Additional comments or suggestions not included in this survey may be added here or should be directed to ABFSE via e-mail c/o exdir@abfse.org or via phone (816) 233-3747.

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