Vanguard Among Best College Values

Vanguard University was ranked the 2nd highest (238) of all of the Christian universities in California, out of nearly 1,200 colleges and universities total, in rankings of employment outcomes relative to the total cost of a higher education.

Other private Christian campuses in Southern California that made the list were: The Master’s College and Seminary, Santa Clarita (204); Point Loma Nazarene University (445); Biola University (526); California Lutheran University (595).

The nonprofit Educate to Career Inc. compiled the rankings based on the percentage of graduates employed in occupations that match their area of study, average salary earned, number of years it takes to graduate, the net cost of in-state tuition, loan default rates, and percentage employed within one year of graduation.


U.S. Veterans Magazine Announces Vanguard University in its Summer 2015 Results Best of the Best Lists

[from U.S. Veterans Magazine]

(Irvine, California) – August 17, 2015 – U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM) today released the results of its much-anticipated 2015 evaluation of the nation’s Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Companies, Top Supplier Diversity Programs, Top VBOs and SDVBOs, Top Government & Law Enforcement Agencies, Top Veteran-Friendly Franchises and Top Veteran-Friendly Schools.

U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM) polled hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies for this year’s Best of the Best evaluations. At USVM, our goal is to open up employment, business and supplier opportunities within the federal government and corporate America for veterans, transitioning service members, disabled veterans, spouses and veteran business owners. The annual review is an evaluation of the nation’s employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions. These nonbiased studies are valuable resources for jobseekers, business owners, students, consumers, senior management, business associations, employment agencies and consumer groups.

Read the full article and Best of the Best list here.

LA Times feature “Community and Clubs: Newport-Mesa throws support behind Special Olympics”


It’s hard to imagine an undertaking that has inspired as much support from the Newport-Mesa community as the hosting of the athletes participating in the Special Olympics World Games last week in Los Angeles.

Newport-Mesa proudly welcomed and celebrated more than 200 Special Olympics athletes from Mexico, Fiji, Aruba, the Bahamas and Malawi, for three days before the Games.

The host town committees arranged housing, meals, training facilities and transportation for the athletes and their delegations. Committee members and other volunteers accompanied the delegations on two outings to share local culture. [...]

“Costa Mesa couldn’t have pulled it off without the assistance of committee member David Vazquez, the administrative staff of Vanguard University and the support of Vanguard President Dr. Michael Beals and Vanguard’s donation of housing and training facilities,” said Daniel Baker, who co-chaired Costa Mesa’s effort.

Read the full article from the Los Angeles Times, online here.

Vanguard University Recognized as a Top College for Teacher Education

college-rankingsVanguard University has been recognized in the Online College Database’s new ranking, “Top Colleges in California Shaping the Next Generation,” which honors the post-secondary institutions in the state that graduated the most education and teaching professionals in 2012.

According to The College Database, the organization that publishes the ranking,  programs offered in California were evaluated and ranked  according to reputation, facilities, and academic opportunities.

The College Database used the following methodology to identify the top colleges shaping the next generation:

-Must be fully accredited
- 4-year colleges only
- Public or private, not-for-profit colleges only
- No for-profit schools
- U.S. colleges only

In addition to meeting the criteria above, schools must have an education department and graduate at least 10 students per year at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Doug Jones, founder of The Colleges Database, said the schools that made the list each “help the educational ecosystem by fueling good teachers.”

To view the list of schools ranked in California, click here.  Please visit Vanguard’s undergraduate education program and for Vanguard’s graduate education program for more information about Vanguard’s professional and graduate degree programs.



OC Register: Homeless hot spots: Costa Mesa caring for ‘our own’



Costa Mesa residents, churchgoers, officials and others are helping the homeless off the streets.

That’s magnanimous by most accounts, but there’s a catch: They want to mostly help Costa Mesa residents, and discourage others from coming to town.

The first step in their process, a census and survey by Vanguard University, found a stable population between 100 and 120 locals. The homeless hot spots were mainly on the city’s Westside, near nonprofits and churches. Now, officials are finalizing their list of residents while stepping up their enforcement measures.

“We want to take care of our own, but we don’t want to be an attractant,” said City Councilman Steve Mensinger.

Click here to watch a video about a Costa Mesa church helping the homeless.

One of the men they are focusing on is Don, 50, a regular at the Lighthouse Church. Like many homeless, he prefers to use his first name because of the stigma.

On Monday, he met with city social worker Rosemary Nielsen – an impromptu chat about where he could live. A recovering addict with two dogs, Don is hard to place into limited housing.

Nielsen may soon have a new option: Officials are planning to convert an old motel into supportive housing and create an “adoption” program for people like Don – homeless with long-standing ties to the city.

But not everyone believes in the plan. Without other cities taking the same approach, some argue, Costa Mesa will just be pushing people around, to places with fewer resources. Some see the city’s social services as the big magnet – if they aren’t as selective as the city, why would people stop coming?


The city is finalizing a list of roughly 100-120 chronically homeless people it considers Costa Mesa residents.

If they make the cut, homeless individuals may qualify for city-coordinated services like housing.

If they don’t, they have to rely on county, private or other resources.

Either way, people living on the street face heightened law enforcement and other measures designed to make Costa Mesa less inviting to them.

Officials call this a “carrot and stick” approach to ending homelessness in Costa Mesa. Here are some of the city’s actions:


•Contracted with a mental health worker to assist police

•Worked with churches to open a storage facility for personal belongings

•Hired a part-time social worker, with plans to hire two more

•Working with faith-based community to “adopt” a homeless family or individual

•Seeking a developer to build supportive housing with mental health, job referral, and medical services

•Working with churches to reunite individuals with families in other cities

•Seeking funding for emergency motel stays, bus and airline tickets


•Police issued 190 citations in Lions Park this year and made 52 arrests, more than doubling last year’s numbers

•Hired park rangers that patrol Lions Park and other parks, looking for violations

•Banned smoking in parks

•Banned extra belongings stored on bike racks

•Demolished shade structure in Lions Park

•Drafting a law against leaving unattended belongings in public

•Considering surveillance cameras in Lions Park

•Planning heightened enforcement of anti-camping laws


Can it work?

“It would work if every one of our cities that border Costa Mesa embraced the same approach. Without that, we’re just taking homeless people somewhere else to be homeless.” -Ed Clarke, Vanguard University sociology professor

“I think the biggest obstacle is to keep them from coming. There are so many services…I don’t think they can ever stop the massive influx.” -Marisa David, resident of the Vendome Condominiums, adjacent to Lions Park

“A key aspect has to be housing and getting them off the streets. Something beyond providing meals.” -David Snow, UC Irvine sociology professor

For full story in OC Register Click HERE