American Sentinel University Accreditation
What Is Accreditation?
Accreditation is certification by a recognized agency that an educational institution has voluntarily gone through a review and examination by that agency (in American Sentinel’s case, the DEAC). Accreditation gives public recognition to institutions that meet certain standards. It is a promise that the institution will provide the quality education it claims to offer. Accreditation assures the student that the institution:
- Is financially sound.
- Has approved programs of study, qualified instructors, adequate facilities and equipment, and effective recruitment and admission policies.
- Advertises its courses truthfully.
- Some functions of accreditation (and accrediting agencies) include:
- Verifying that an institution or program meets established standards.
- Assisting prospective students in identifying acceptable institutions.
- Assisting institutions in determining the acceptability of transfer credits.
- Identifying institutions and programs for the investment of public and private investor funds.
- Protecting an institution against harmful internal and external pressures from owners, employers or others.
- Creating goals for self-improvement of weaker programs and promoting higher standards among educational institutions.
- Involving faculty and staff in institutional evaluation and planning.
- Establishing criteria for professional certification and licensure and for upgrading courses offering such preparation.
- Helping determine institutions’ eligibility for federal assistance.
American Sentinel University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, DEAC, 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 234-5100, www.deac.org, which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). American Sentinel University’s next on-site evaluation by DEAC will be in Fall, 2019.
The RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and Master of Science Nursing programs at American Sentinel University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a specialized professional accreditation agency, the CCNE is an autonomous branch of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the only accrediting body devoted exclusively to evaluating baccalaureate and graduate nursing degree programs. American Sentinel University’s next on-site evaluation by CCNE will be in Spring 2024.
American Sentinel University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, fax (404) 975-5020, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). American Sentinel University’s next on-site evaluation by ACEN will be in Fall 2026.
Candidate for regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
At its meeting on June 30, 2016, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Board of Trustees voted to grant American Sentinel University the status of candidate for accreditation.
Institutions seeking accreditation by HLC are required to complete a four-year period of candidacy before being evaluated for full accreditation. To earn and maintain candidacy, American Sentinel must fully meet the Commission’s Eligibility Requirements and Assumed Practices and demonstrate the capacity to meet all the Criteria for Accreditation within the candidacy period. American Sentinel University’s hosted an on-site evaluation for initial accreditation by HLC on September 9 and 10 of 2019. The decision-making process involves multiple steps and occurs over several months. No decision will be made before the board meets in February of 2020 and it may take until July of 2020 before the University is notified of the decision.
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