Fayetteville State University Forensic Science Program Secures FEPAC Re-Accreditation for Five Years

Date: April 11, 2024

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Fayetteville State University is proud to announce that its esteemed Forensic Science Program, housed within the Department of Biological and Forensic Sciences, was awarded re-accreditation by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) for a five-year period, 2024-2029.

"This re-accreditation reaffirms our commitment to excellence and underscores the dedication of our faculty and staff in providing students with a top-tier education in forensic science,” said Danielle Graham, Ph.D., department chair of biological and forensic sciences, expressing her enthusiasm regarding the re-accreditation. “We are immensely proud of our student's achievements and look forward to continuing to uphold the highest standards of academic quality and professionalism."

The accreditation process, a year-long endeavor, entails a meticulous self-study followed by an on-campus site visit, during which evaluators assess facilities, engage with faculty, students, and administrators and evaluate adherence to FEPAC's stringent standards. FSU successfully navigated this process, underscoring its commitment to continuous improvement and academic rigor.

 FSU is the first and only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in North Carolina to achieve this distinction. The program's high success rate in placing graduates into the workforce or advanced degree programs further highlights its effectiveness in preparing students for real-world challenges.

FSU Student examining crime scene of charred mannequin

Led by Forensic Science Director Khalid Lodhi, Ph.D., the program has been instrumental in shaping the next generation of forensic scientists since its inception in 2006. With its initial accreditation in 2017, the program has consistently upheld rigorous standards of quality and professionalism, preparing students annually for impactful careers in forensic science and related fields.

 Upon completion of the FSU Forensic Science Program, students are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel as forensic scientists and specialists or pursue advanced studies in areas such as forensic science, biomedical research, medicine, and law. The comprehensive curriculum, hands-on experience and research opportunities ensure that graduates are well-prepared for the demands of the evolving forensic landscape.

Lodhi's leadership and tireless efforts have been pivotal in steering the program toward success. His vision, coupled with the dedication of faculty and staff, has ensured that FSU remains at the forefront of forensic science education, empowering students to make meaningful contributions to society.

With its FEPAC re-accreditation secured, FSU's Forensic Science Program stands poised to continue its legacy of excellence, empowering students to become leaders in forensic science and beyond.

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