After years of preparation the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College is now days away from accreditation as it was announced that on 25 Marchthe accrediting team is expected to visit.
The College was granted the status of Candidate for Accreditation following a meeting on 28 June 2012 with the Middle State Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), in Philadelphia, USA.
After being granted the status of Candidate for Accreditation the College embarked on the self-study process which was the final in a series of steps that had to taken before becoming accredited.
The self-study process required that the College demonstrate the ways in which it is endeavouring to accomplish its mission and goals. “More importantly, the process gives us the opportunity to examine all dimensions of our College — to engage in an examination of our programmes, policies, and procedures using the fourteen standards that represent ‘characteristics of excellence’ of higher education institutions,” President of HLSCC, Dr. Karl Dawson announced in an earlier statement on the accreditation process.
Now, almost three years later, the higher education institution is preparing to welcome a delegation mandated with evaluating the steps that were taken by HLSCC since becoming an accreditation candidate.
The assessment date was announced by President Dawson when he appeared before Standing Finance Committee (SFC) last year. During his SFC appearance, Dr. Dawson explained that on 25 March the institution would receive a visit from a team from the United States Commission of Higher Education. The President stated that the visiting team will then make a recommendation to the Commission after their evaluation.
He stated that towards the end of June or early July the College would know what the Commission’s decision is in relation to the College’ application for accreditation.
Once successful, the HLSCC will be on the list of Accredited and Candidate Institutions published annually for the Council on Higher Education Accreditation by the American Council on Education.
During his SFC appearance Dr. Dawson also stated that achieving accreditation would boost the College in many ways.
Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn announced at a press conference held at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College on 30August 2012 that during the month of April 2012, a MSCHE Applicant Assessment Team comprising of peers in higher education visited the HLSCC after the College’s submission of an Accreditation Readiness Report in February 2012.