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One of Only Six Schools in the U.S. to Attain This Distinction

Allentown, PA (February 9, 2004) - The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) has awarded the forensic science program at Cedar Crest College provisional accreditation. Of the 60 forensic science undergraduate programs in the U.S., only six (including Cedar Crest) have received this accreditation.

FEPAC is a new committee of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Currently in its pilot year, FEPAC's mission is to maintain and to enhance the quality of forensic science education through a formal evaluation and recognition of college-level academic programs. The primary function of the Commission is to develop and to maintain standards and to administer an accreditation program that recognizes and distinguishes high quality undergraduate and graduate forensic science programs.

"Receiving this accreditation separates Cedar Crest from the other schools and allows us to build a solid national reputation. Most importantly, it shows that the professional field is giving Cedar Crest a stamp of approval because they believe we are providing our students with the education that the field demands them to have," says Dr. Larry Quarino, director of the forensic science program at Cedar Crest. Dr. Quarino joined the Cedar Crest College Chemistry Department last fall after obtaining 14 years of professional experience, including 11 years as a supervising forensic scientist at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City.

This year, more than 60 percent of Cedar Crest's new students are studying in the College's science programs. The forensic science program alone has generated interest from 20 percent of the new students. "The biggest advantage that our program offers is that science is at its core. Aside from the forensic applications and techniques, our students are getting the required background in science, which can even be more important," says Quarino. Students have the option of pursuing a bachelor of science degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry or genetic engineering with a concentration in forensic science. Each of these majors has been granted accreditation by FEPAC.

Quarino believes that the accreditation will aid Cedar Crest's students by giving them an advantage when applying to graduate schools or when beginning job searches. It may also provide more support for the College when applying for research funding through the National Institute of Justice. The provisional accreditation will become full accreditation in May 2004, when Cedar Crest graduates its second class of students with a concentration in forensics.

For more information or to set up an interview with Dr. Larry Quarino, please contact the Cedar Crest College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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