The accreditation of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and the secondary schools in the Territory were listed as initiatives that would be continued in a new National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration. The declaration was made in the 2015 NDP manifesto.
The document stated: “Continuation of our efforts to ensure the successful completion of the accreditation process of our secondary school system and the H. Lavity Stoutt College.”
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.
As a result of the new status the institution was invited to initiate a self-study in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2014-15. Once successful in the evaluation, HLSCC will be listed as a candidate for Accreditation in the Commission’s Directory and also in the list of Accredited and Candidate Institutions published annually for the Council on Higher Education Accreditation by the American Council on Education.
In an update on the matter of secondary school accreditation, Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn during the 2012 Standing Finance Committee sitting informed Legislators that there were standards reported to the Ministry that the Territory did not meet up to.
Hon. Walwyn explained that the biggest issue, and one of the failed standards, had to do with the infrastructure of the Elmore Stoutt High School. He disclosed that there were four standards that the ESHS failed, which all had financial ramifications and thus slowed down the process.