Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC)

Pre-Registration Not Required — Open to All Meeting Attendees


Accreditation of Forensic Science Academic Programs Through the FEPAC

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.


FEPAC Commisioners:

Jeffrey K. Tomberlin, PhD
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
Michael J. Salyards, PhD
Compass Scientific Consulting LLC
Sharpsburg, GA
Jason L. Schroeder, MS
Harris County Institute of Forensic Science
Houston, TX

Learning Overview: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to understand the process of accreditation through the AAFS FEPAC mechanism and be able to participate in the process as a reviewer of academic programs. Attendees from academic programs will also learn about the process of accreditation from different perspectives.

Program Description: This session has been developed to assist academic institutions offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in forensic science and forensic digital evidence to prepare for the accreditation process through the FEPAC. This session will also assist future on-site evaluators (academic and practitioners) to prepare for on-site evaluations of academic programs. Successful completion of this one-day session will qualify participants for consideration to serve as on-site evaluators for FEPAC in the future (please note that participants must still meet other FEPAC requirements, such as membership in the AAFS and designation as either a practitioner or academician).

The FEPAC is a standing committee of the AAFS with a membership that includes five educators, five forensic laboratory directors, and a public member as voting members. The mission of the FEPAC is to maintain and enhance the quality of forensic science education through a formal evaluation and recognition of college-level academic programs. The primary function of the committee is to develop and maintain standards and to administer an accreditation program that recognizes and distinguishes high-quality undergraduate and graduate forensic science programs. Forty academic programs have successfully completed the accreditation process since 2003. Additional information on FEPAC can be found on the FEPAC website:


  8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


Introduction and Welcoming Remarks
Module 1: Accreditation, Mission, and History of FEPAC
Michael J. Salyards, PhD
  9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.


Module 2: An Overview of FEPAC Process, Policies, and Procedures
Michael J. Salyards, PhD
  9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


Module 3: A Review of Undergraduate Standards
Jeffrey K. Tomberlin, PhD
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


Module 4: A Review of Graduate Standards
Jason L. Schroeder, MS
10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.


Module 5: Questions and Answers
Michael J. Salyards, PhD; Jeffrey K. Tomberlin, PhD; Jason L. Schroeder, MS
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


Module 6: The Role of the On-Site Evaluator
Jeffrey K. Tomberlin, PhD
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


Module 7: Scenario and Evaluation
Michael J. Salyards, PhD; Jeffrey K. Tomberlin, PhD; Jason L. Schroeder, MS
12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.


Questions and Answers
FEPAC Commissioners and Development and Outreach Coordinator