American Sentinel University is a leading online university accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. We position students for the future of their industries by offering relevant programs, a flexible learning platform and superior student support.
What makes American Sentinel unique is our primary focus: positioning you for success. We do that by:
- Offering accredited programs in high-demand fields that are current and relevant to your career.
- Providing you with one student success advisor who gets to know you throughout your time at the university, a 24/7 librarian service and other support services that will help you graduate and thrive.
- Delivering quality, affordable education through an online format, which makes the pursuit of your dreams possible.
- Founded: February 2006
- History: American Sentinel University was founded when three nationally accredited institutions merged: the American Graduate School of Management (Denver, Colo.), Sentinel University (Denver, Colo.) and the American College of Computer and Information Sciences (Birmingham, Ala.).
- Awards: G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009), Military Advanced Education Top Military-Friendly University (2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-09)
- CEO: Dr. Richard Oliver
- President: Mary Adams
- Accreditation: Distance Education and Training Council (DETC); Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (Bachelor of Science Nursing and Master of Science Nursing programs)
- Programs: 18 online bachelor and master degree programs and certificate programs with no residency requirements; two online doctoral degree programs with two ten-day residencies
- Student enrollment (as of December 31, 2012): 2,900+ students
- Alumni (as of December 31, 2012): approximately 3,200 worldwide
- Faculty: 165+ full-time and adjunct faculty members (more than 54 percent hold Ph.D.s)
- Staff: 95+ academic administrators and staff
- Headquarters: Aurora, Colorado
- Student satisfaction: 94 percent based on Student Satisfaction Survey 4Q 2012
American Sentinel University is among the nation's first solely online institutions and has continually forged new ground as a pioneer in distance education.
In the late 1990s, Rick Oliver, American Sentinel's CEO, along with the recently retired chancellor of Vanderbilt University and several others founded the American Graduate School of Management. The institution owes much of its early success to support received from Vanderbilt University, where Dr. Oliver had been a professor in the Owen Graduate School of Management.
In 2004, the school moved to Denver, Colorado, where in 2005, Dr. Oliver and Mary Adams, its president, founded Sentinel University, an online nursing school. The school also acquired the American College for Computer Information Sciences in Birmingham, Alabama. In February 2006, these institutions combined to form American Sentinel University, with a mission to provide high-quality, innovative degree and certificate programs that enable students to enhance their professional and civic lives.
Today, American Sentinel offers 18 degrees—from associate to doctoral—in four areas: nursing/health care, technology, business and informatics. The school's award-winning academic administration and faculty is led by its provost, Dr. John Bourne, founder and former executive director of the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating quality online education into mainstream higher education. Sloan-C has several hundred university and other educational members.
Among American Sentinel's milestones are:
2006 – Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
2007 – Approved as a Title IV-eligible nonparticipating institution, giving students in-school loan deferments, and also approved to accept students funded by various GI Bill programs administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
2008 – Approved by the U.S. Air Force as one of only nine online schools to be part of its Air University-ABC program. The program allows airmen completing associate degrees at Air University to enter into American Sentinel bachelor's programs.
2009 – Bachelor's and master's degree nursing programs accredited by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
2010 – Reaccredited by the DETC, approved to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice Executive Leadership and approved to offer Title IV funding to eligible students.
2012 – Approved by the DETC to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice Educational Leadership.
Among the more nearly three dozen academic affiliations, American Sentinel is a member or partner in nearly three dozen academic affiliations, including the following:
- American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Offices (AACRAO)
- American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
- American Association of Nurse Executives (AANEX)
- American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)
- Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
- Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
- Society for Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA)