Statement of Accreditation Status

    The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) is the official statement of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) about each institution’s current accreditation status and scope of accreditation. The SAS also provides a brief history of the actions taken by the Commission.

  • Institution:
    H. Lavity Stoutt Community College
    Virgin Islands, British
  • Address:
    P.O. Box 3097, Road Town, Tortola
    Virgin Islands, British
  • Phone:
    (284) 852-7000
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. LuVerne Baptiste
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Sean McKitrick, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Candidate Status Granted: 2012
  • Accreditation Granted: 2015
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2022
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2027-2028
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2024

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Correspondence Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Credential Levels

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Postsecondary award (< 1 year) Included within the scope:
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:

Locations

The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Location Type
H. Lavity Stoutt Community College Virgin Gorda Centre
Virgin Gorda
Virgin Islands, British
Other Instructional Site

Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

Accreditation Actions

The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years. For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures and the Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

  • June 23, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with the United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To reaffirm accreditation. To note that a verification visit is required by USDE guidelines and will be conducted within a reasonable period of time following the virtual site visit. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • March 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To postpone a decision and request a supplemental information report, due September 1, 2021, documenting evidence of (1) an annual independent audit confirming financial viability with evidence of follow-up on any concerns cited in the audit's accompanying management letter (Standard VI); (2) sufficiency of planning and budgeting processes to fulfill its mission and goals, and to support its educational purposes and programs (Standard VI); (3) continuous assessment and improvement of programs and services with effective response to opportunities and challenges (Standard VI); and (4) clearly-stated, aligned, and coherent institutional and unit objectives, with evidence of the implementation of a systematic, organized, and sustained assessment process demonstrating that institutional and unit stakeholders have considered and used assessment results in planning, budgeting, and the improvement of institutional and unit effectiveness (Standard VI).To direct a follow-up team visit following submission of the supplemental information report. To note the visit will also fulfill the verification requirements of the USDE guidelines. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • May 7, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of formal written notice from the institution in response to the Commission's request of March 9, 2020. To temporarily waive Substantive Change Policy and Procedures and allow the use of distance education to accommodate students impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions. Continued use of distance education beyond the period of COVID-19 interruptions will require substantive change approval in accordance with Substantive Change Policy and Procedures. The institution is responsible for adhering to all applicable regulations of the country in which the institution and its students are located. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • March 4, 2020
    To delay the On-Site Evaluation Visit scheduled for Spring 2020 due to extraordinary circumstances and to continue accreditation. To note the institution remains accredited during a delay granted by the Commission. The evaluation visit is now scheduled for 2020-2021, one year from the original date of the visit.
  • November 15, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020
  • March 15, 2018
    To accept the supplemental information report. To request a supplemental information report, due August 1, 2018, regarding the status of the institution. A small team visit may follow submission of the report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • October 19, 2017
    To request a supplemental information report due December 1, 2017, regarding the status of the institution.
  • August 28, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to decrease the number of credit hours required for the successful completion of the college's Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Sciences degrees and all undergraduate certificate/diploma programs. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • June 25, 2015
    To grant accreditation. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2015, documenting an audited financial statement for FY2014, with evidence of follow-up on any concerns cited in the audit's accompanying management letter (Standard 3). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of seven institutional accrediting organizations in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). MSCHE accreditation applies to an institution as a whole rather than the specific programs within an institution. MSCHE does not approve or accredit individual programs. The MSCHE accreditation review cycle is continuous and accreditation does not expire. Each institution is reevaluated and monitored on a regular and consistent basis in accordance with the institution’s assigned accreditation review cycle and Commission policy and procedures. An institution maintains its accreditation unless it is voluntarily surrendered or withdrawn by the Commission for cause, after the institution has been afforded due process. The institution’s current accreditation phase and accreditation status are displayed on the institution’s listing in the Institution Directory and in the Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS).