American Sentinel University’s mission is to provide high-quality, innovative degree and certificate programs that enable students to enhance their professional and civic lives.
To be recognized as a world leader…
… for providing accessible, quality, advanced education for the motivated learner/professional who seeks success in their chosen fields and communities …
… for our innovative use of technology that creates new standards in outcomes and achievement of academic excellence…
… for our understanding of and meeting the changing needs of our students, communities and other constituents…
… for creating excellence in student and constituent services.
Values / Objectives
Continued Improvements in Quality Outcomes
- Place value creation for the learner at the center of all that we do.
- Embrace the changes necessary to continually improve standards and processes so that they inspire "best in class" educational content and learning assessments.
Community of Scholars
- Keep our students, faculty, staff, communities and other constituents engaged in a free exchange of ideas by creating an environment of trust and mutual respect.
- Identify the educational needs of our students and work diligently to meet or exceed them.
Connected and Inclusive
- Act with integrity, behave ethically and transparently.
- Value and embrace diversity.
- Maintain a workplace that is characterized by safety, openness, creativity, challenge and innovation.
American Sentinel University’s mission is to provide high-quality, innovative degree and certificate programs that enable students to enhance their professional and civic lives. The institution realizes that excellence in education can only be accomplished by vigorous assessment of student academic achievement that serves to improve learning, teaching, strategic planning and institutional effectiveness.
The administration and faculty of American Sentinel University are committed to excellence in learning and teaching and their enhancement through the initiation of a comprehensive assessment plan.
The diverse benefits of an assessment plan are:
- Enhancement of learning
- Enhancement of teaching
- Improvement of strategic planning
- Demonstration of institutional effectiveness
- Promotion of effective/efficient resource allocation
The University is committed to two basic tenets:
- Assessment should start small and build on small successes.
- Assessment should be cost-effective and linked to budget planning.
In order to meet the assessment objective, the University has established the Educational Outcomes/Assessment Committee, comprised of faculty and staff, as a standing committee that is charged with planning for, and overseeing the implementation of, institution-wide assessment of student academic achievement.
The committee has entered into an ongoing dialog with the University community about the assessment of student academic achievement. As a result of this dialog the committee has designed a plan for the assessment of student academic achievement at the institution and oversees the implementation and continuous re-evaluation of this plan.
American Sentinel University has adopted, as an overall conceptual model for the assessment of student academic achievement, the use of the Input-Environment-Outcome (I-E-O) model as explained by Alexander Astin in his book, Assessment for Excellence (1991).
This model emphasizes the necessity of consideration of what the student brings to the course/program, the environment of learning within the course/program, and student outcomes. These three elements are interdependent, and assessment of student academic achievement cannot be worthwhile without consideration of all three.
The assessment plan involves a broad range of assessment measures, both direct and indirect, that are utilized at the classroom, program, and institutional level, and at all stages of the student’s academic program.
The assessment of student academic achievement is an ongoing and evolutionary process. The Educational Outcomes/Assessment Committee participates in feedback loops as directed by the Student Outcomes Assessment Plan and reviews and revises methodologies and procedures as a result of this process. This Plan is reviewed and, if necessary revised, annually.
Undergraduate and graduate programs contribute to the Student Outcomes Assessment Plan by including a description of their program’s benchmarks or outcomes for student learning (i.e. what competencies students should have upon graduating from the program). Each program establishes performance indicators or assessments which allow that program to measure its’ success based on student learning outcomes. Data from assessment activities are provided by faculty, to chairs, deans, and the Educational Outcomes/Assessment Committee on standard forms.
The Committee produces an annual report on assessment that occurred during the previous academic year. This report is forwarded to the Executive Council who reviews it at one of their regular meetings. After approval by the Council the annual report is distributed to the chairs and deans, who then distribute it to individual faculty.