A number of these institutions offering BS Maritime Transportation (BSMT) and BS Marine Engineering (BSMarE) programs were found to be deficient by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in 2006. These MHEIs are audited based on their compliance to the standard training requirements stipulated in the STCW Convention, as amended.
The review takes into account the range of deficiencies an MHEI may have. Minor deficiencies may require mere documentary compliance while major deficient institutions would need significant upgrades of existing training facilities and equipment, curriculum and even faculty. For most deficient institutions that could not afford equally significant upgrades, CHED introduces the non-degree Enhanced Support Level Program (ESLP), a ratings enhancement course for both deck and engine departments, which is also a requirement in the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments.
The panel is expected to come up with results that will decide which MHEIs are to continue providing degree programs and which will have to offer the non-degree enhancement program ESLP.