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Funeral Services Administration - Aims & Goals

The goals of the FSAD Bachelor of Technology Program are to educate students about the value of the funeral process within a community, to promote an understanding of embalming and funeral service theories, and to develop techniques for implementation of the scientific, public health, psychological, sociological, and management components that are necessary for the provision of funeral rites within our culture.

As the FSAD Bachelors of Technology program moves forward in the 21st century, there are 10 key goals that we find critical to the success and longevity of the program:

  1. Promote a high-level of academic excellence that requires students to achieve a competent level of performance in classwork, in the workplace, and on the National Board of Funeral Service Examination. (ABFSE sec. 3.2.1; sec. 3.2.2)
  2. This is accomplished by:

    • Enlarging the knowledge base of students regarding the funeral profession and its practices.
    • Educating students in every phase of funeral service and developing proficiency and entry level skills for the profession, as defined in the Preamble of the ABFSE Accreditation Standard.

     

  3. Improve inter/intrapersonal effectiveness by creating an environment that is conducive to learning the techniques, skills, and personal behaviors respectful of the funeral profession. (ABFSE sec. 3.2.2; sec. 3.2.3; sec. 3.2.4)
  4. This is accomplished by:

    • Educating students in every phase of funeral service and developing proficiency and entry level skills for the profession, as defined in the Preamble of the ABFSE Accreditation Standard.
    • Educating students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession within the community-at-large.
    • Emphasizing high standards of ethical and moral conduct.
  5. Optimize enrollment with the development of program specific materials, personal marketing of the program, and exploration of untapped markets of potential students.
  6. Drive decisions with relevant post-secondary level information that is in accordance to the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) guidelines, policies, and procedures. (ABFSE sec. 3.2.2; sec. 3.2.5)
  7. This is accomplished by:

    • Annual review of the curriculum in order to insure alignment with the ABFSE Curriculum Outlines.
    • Annual Advisory Board meetings in order to implement industry recommendations into the program.
  8. Focus on sustainability by implementing procedures that reduce the impact on natural resources.
  9. Create a robust, active and enriched campus life that promotes fellowship, networking, and an interpersonal relationship between faculty and students.
  10. Build SUNY Canton pride through the integration of alumni with the current funeral service students.
  11. Create a state-of-the-art learning facility and embalming laboratory that will integrate technology into the learning process.
  12. Develop a comprehensive Bachelor’s of Technology completion program for licensed funeral directors to achieve a bachelor of technology degree in FSAD. (ABFSE sec.3.2.1; sec. 3.2.2; sec. 3.2.4; sec. 3.2.5; sec. 3.2.6)
  13. This goal will be accomplished by:

    • Enlarging the background of knowledge of students regarding the funeral profession and its practices.
    • Educating students in every phase of funeral service and helping them to develop proficiency and entry level skills for the profession, as defined in the Preamble of the ABFSE Accreditation Standard.
    • Emphasizing high standards of ethical and moral conduct.
    • Providing a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction with a focus on the ultimate goal of receiving a baccalaureate degree in Funeral Services Administration.
    • Encouraging students and faculty to conduct research and publish their results on current issues relating to the funeral profession.
  14. Continue to develop the online presence that will increase accessibility to the FSAD program.

Aim of the FSAD Program

The central aim of the FSAD program at SUNY Canton is to provide a learning experience that promotes the funeral profession by creating competent funeral professionals who are:

  • Members of the human services profession.
  • Members of the community in which they serve.
  • Participants in the relationship among members of bereaved families.
  • Practitioners who are knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial /territorial, and local regulatory guidelines in the geographical area where they practice.
  • Professionals sensitive to the responsibilities for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains.

Funeral Services Administration
Program Director
David Penepent
(315) 386-7170
penepentd@canton.edu