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Digital forensics first to be accredited

MU forensics
Apr. 04, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The digital forensics program at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center has become the first graduate or undergraduate program in the United States to receive accreditation from the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission.

The accreditation, announced Tuesday, will help the center qualify for more grants for its program and equipment, plus be a drawing card for students, Director Terry Fenger said.

Fenger explained that forensic science programs must be accredited by FEPAC, not just for their academic programs but also their laboratories.

The new accreditation, good through 2017, provides Marshall's graduate program with a competitive advantage when students are pursuing graduate programs in forensic science. Marshall's program is already considered one of the best in the nation, he said.

"They said Marshall University's program will be a model system in the U.S. for digital forensics," Fenger said. "Other institutions will be looking over our shoulder on how to develop a program."

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