H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). Initial accreditation of HLSCC was granted on June 25, 2015. Accreditation is on an eight-year cycle, with the exception of new institutions, which are on a five-year cycle. Annual submissions from member colleges and universities are continually reviewed, with a moderate review at the end of the initial four years, and a more comprehensive evaluation at the end of eight years. The comprehensive review is done through a self-study process which the College completed in 2015 and included a visit by a team who reported to the Commission. As a newly accredited institution, HLSCC is seeking reaffirmation of its accreditation in the 2019 – 2020 academic year.

Statement of Accreditation


Self-Study Report (2015)


Self-Study Report (2015)

Visiting Team Report (2015)

Visiting Team Report (2015)

Self-Study Design

Self-Study Design

Accreditation Officers

H. Lavity Stoutt Community College Accreditation Officers

Chief Executive Officer – Dr. Richard Georges, Ag. President
Accreditation Liaison Officer – Dr. LuVerne Baptiste, Associate Vice President
Middle States Staff Liaison Officer – Dr. Sean McKitrick, Vice President

Third Party Comment

Third party comments are those comments submitted to the Commission outside of official communications between an institution and the Commission. The Commission’s third party comment process provides the opportunity for information about an institution’s compliance or ability to comply with the Commission’s requirements of affiliation and accreditation standards to be shared with the institution and the Commission. Third party comments are considered at times when an institution is completing a self-study evaluation, follow-up report, candidacy, or grant of accreditation.

Third Party Comments must be submitted online using the Commission’s official Complaints and Third Party Comments Form at
Comments submitted without this form completed in its entirety will not be reviewed.

The Third Party Comments and all related materials, including accompanying evidence or documentation, must be submitted in English.

All documentation and evidence must be submitted at the time the online form is completed.

The Third Party Comments should identify the specific Commission standards for accreditation, requirements of affiliation, policies and procedures, or institutional policies or procedures that have been allegedly violated.

Brief History

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation

Audited financial statement for FY2014, with evidence of follow-up on concerns cited in audit’s accompanying management letter

Decrease in credit hours of multiple programmes