Accreditation Q&A

Q&A with Mary Adams, president of American Sentinel University

Q: What is the accreditation status of American Sentinel University?

Mary Adams: American Sentinel University and its predecessor schools were first accredited in 2000 and later in 2005 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, DEAC (Formerly Distance Education and Training Council-DETC). Following a merger of three schools (American Graduate School of Management, American College of Computer and Information Sciences, and Sentinel University), the new combined university was re-accredited in 2006.

Q: Why the DEAC?

Mary Adams: For distance education institutions, the DEAC is the most widely recognized national accreditation agency and has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1959. The DEAC accredits institutions in the United States and around the world.

Q: Is the DEAC the only accreditation held by American Sentinel?

Mary Adams: No. American Sentinel’s Bachelor of Science Nursing and Master of Science Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). We will continue to seek all appropriate and available accreditations for our institution and individuals programs.

Q: Why is DEAC accreditation important?

Mary Adams: Institutions that earn national accreditation from a recognized agency like the DEAC are held to the same high standards to which the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation hold all accrediting agencies. The DEAC is the oldest and most experienced accreditor of distance learning institutions. The DEAC offers many services to its member schools and is active in educating its institutions and the public about quality distance education.

Q: Where can I learn more about the DEAC and American Sentinel’s accreditation?

Mary Adams: Visit the Accreditation section of our website or visit the DEAC website.