Student Evaluation and Testing Methods

American Sentinel is committed to using the most appropriate evaluation procedures to allow students to demonstrate their mastery of academic content. As courses and programs are diverse, so are the types of evaluation. The university regularly reviews its evaluation procedures to ensure their effectiveness. Students’ assessments at the conclusion of each course are reviewed to ensure any student concerns about the appropriateness and impartiality of evaluation methods are addressed.

Many of the evaluation procedures in American Sentinel’s courses provide learning experiences that help integrate students’ classroom knowledge into their work experience, such as writing computer code for a civic organization, developing organizational plans or developing a health assessment procedure. Applying knowledge this way contributes to the development of students’ professional and civic lives.

Course evaluation procedures vary by course. Students are evaluated in one or all of the following methods:

  1. Participation – Students are required to participate in activity sessions and/or group discussions online. Regular presence and active involvement are essential to the learning process.
  2. Synthesis of required readings research paper – Some courses require final research papers that build on prior learning, research and reflection and are designed to show evidence of students’ appropriate academic writing style (conforming to the guidelines of the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, July 2009).
  3. Exams – Exams are a formal knowledge-based evaluation methodology. Final exams will be scheduled for three to four days following the end of a course. All exams are to be completed within a specified time. Some exams are open book, while others are proctored (taken in the presence of someone who verifies a student’s identity).
  4. Progress tests – Some courses provide embedded tests, or progress tests. These are developed by faculty to provide students the opportunity to demonstrate their command of certain content and receive feedback.
  5. Peer evaluation group assignments – Occasionally, students work in groups on special projects. The peer evaluation process requires peers to assign scores to one another and provide feedback on group assignments. Peer evaluations serve to increase motivation and enhance the learning process.
  6. Evidence of completed competency – American Sentinel faculty coaches evaluate evidency of completed competencies within each course-based competency in the university’s course-based competency master’s programs.
  7. ePortfolios are a formal evaluation methodology to document student growth in knowledge, skills, and attitudes across the program of study. ePortfolio requirements vary by program level and type. 
  8. Program evaluation – Students’ progress through a degree program is monitored to ensure that overall degree program objectives are being met. American Sentinel has established a set of program objectives, required and elective courses, prerequisites, suggested program tracks and suggested career ladders to ensure students meet both program and overall course objectives. Faculty members regularly review students’ progress to maintain high academic and professional standards. 8. Additional or alternate methods of assessment evaluation beyond those listed may be incorporated into courses based on industry standards and program requirements.
  9. Additional or alternate methods of assessment evaluation beyond those listed may be incorporated into courses based on industry standards and program requirements.