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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Most Forensics Programs lack Accreditation

From USATODAY.com: More than 130 forensics programs are being taught at colleges and universities across the USA, although only 16 programs at 14 universities are accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, says Jim Hurley, director of accreditation. He expects the number to rise as more programs adopt the rigid science course work required.

The study of forensic science has only recently bloomed, largely as a result of expansion of DNA analysis as an investigative tool and the televising of big trials. Before 1980, when Jay Siegel set up one of the first programs at Michigan State University, "there were just a handful of people who could even tell you what forensic science was," he says. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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