Board Scores

Mortuary Science Advisory Committee


This committee is comprised of licensed funeral directors who are active in the funeral service profession. The members include:

Board Directors
Stephanie Dieters Funeral Director Dieters Funeral Home & Cremator, Ltd.
Rochelle Swanner Funeral Director Lunning Funeral Chapel
James Gilkesson Funeral Director Simons Mortuary
Tim Whiteside Funeral Director Mason-White Funeral Home
Whitney Hollenbaugh Funeral Director Snyder & Hollenbaugh Funeral & Cremation Services
Todd Ettinger Funeral Director Hinchliff-Pearson-West, Inc.
Mark Thomas Funeral Director Watson Thomas Funeral Home & Crematory
Geoff Hurd Funeral Director Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home
Scott Brown Funeral Director Behner Funeral Home & Crematory
Brian Schmitz Funeral Director Schmitz Funeral Homes



American Board of Funeral Service Education

The Mortuary Science associate degree program at Carl Sandburg College is accredited by:

American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108
Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097

Carl Sandburg College
Mortuary Science Program
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
PO Box 1407
Galesburg, IL 61401-9576


Tim Krause, Coordinator
Last Accr./Next Accr: 2003/2010
Program accredited by ABFSE: Associate of Applied Science
Phone: 309.345.8501
Fax: 309.341.1040



Graduation rates
Year Total enrolled # of new students # of grads Timely grad* Graduation rate** Did not finish*** Overall % employed Employed in FS
2022 26 15 8 8/8 100% 0 100% 63%
2021 19 19 8 7/8 75% 2 100% 75%
2020 17 8 14 14/14 78% 5 56% 64%



Board scores
Single year School pass rate National pass rate
2022 Arts 29% 69%
2021 Arts 14% 68%
2020 Arts 71% 73%
2022 Sciences 83% 64%
2021 Sciences 50% 57%
2020 Sciences 92% 64%


*Timely graduation = Complete program in 1.5 times designated program length.

**Graduation rate reflects cohort graduation rate (% of students from original cohort completing in the designated year)

***Left before completing the program; did not finish.




The Mortuary Science associate degree program at Carl Sandburg College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE). 

Initial Accreditation: 1997

Last comprehensive review: 2017

Next comprehensive review: 2024

Re-accreditation: April 2018 for a period of seven years with stipulation to demonstrate evidence of faculty evaluation.

Most recent accreditation decision: April 2019 – accepted report demonstrating evidence of faculty evaluation.