Rick Warren and Saddleback Church partner with Vanguard to educate church planters

Saddleback Church is partnering with Vanguard University to offer a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) through the Saddleback Leadership Academy. The new venture is designed to equip the next generation of church leaders. Saddleback Leadership Academy is a key element of Pastor Rick Warren’s 10-year vision to start culturally relevant churches in strategic cities around the world.

Students enrolled in the Saddleback Leadership Academy for a one-year internship may enroll in Vanguard University’s Graduate Religion Program and earn 18 of 48 units toward the MTS degree on site at Saddleback. They complete 30 units of theology on campus at Vanguard.

Vanguard Provost Jeff Hittenberger says: “Vanguard shares Saddleback’s Christ-centered vision. The MTS/Church Planting program offers students who have already earned their undergraduate degree a chance to prepare for ministry and earn their Master’s degree in just four semesters compressed into 15 months. A student starting the program in May 2012 can be finished by August 2013.”

The Saddleback Church Leadership Academy seeks to equip, empower, and encourage individuals to pursue their calling to church planting or ministry leadership. According to Dave Alford, Director of the Leadership Academy, “The partnership with Vanguard will allow us to offer future church ministry leaders thorough, practical training in an accelerated format. We’ll be able to get qualified leaders into ministry faster.”

For more information about Vanguard University, contact Kelly Kannwischer, Vice President for Advancement at 714-966-5451 or kelly.kannwischer@vanguard.edu. For more information about Vanguard University visit www.vanguard.edu. For more information about the Saddleback Leadership Academy visit http://www.saddleback.com/aboutsaddleback/leadershipacademy.

Lynn Walker ’11 makes OC Weekly’s ‘BEST OF’ list

Vanguard University alum Lynn Walker ’11 made OC Weekly’s October ‘BEST OF OC’ issue for Best College Player. Walker’s outstanding story as a student in VU’s School for Professional Studies program, an athlete on the women’s tennis team, and overcoming all odds in a battle with cancer is nothing short of inspirational.

Read more on OC Weekly’s ‘BEST OF OC’ list on their website.

VU alum’s film to premiere on Investigation Discovery channel

Vanguard University alumna Olivia Klaus ’99 and her film, Sin by Silence, will premiere on the Investigation Discovery channel on October 17th at 8PM E/P.

“We are proud to bring this powerful documentary to television, to share with audiences the harrowing stories of these women behind bars,” said Henry Schleiff, president of Investigation Discovery. “Instead of fighting a system that does not fully comprehend the complexities of abuse, the women of CWAA chose to fight to change laws for battered women nationwide. Through the premiere of this documentary, we hope to extend their message and champion their crusade to stop the cycle of violence.”

Klaus was recently recognized by the Pixel Project as one of the top 16 influential leaders in the movement to end violence against women. Sin by Silence, has been spotlighted as a major contributor to the ongoing fight against violence against women. Klaus is making a significant impact in the film industry by shedding light on violence against women.

To watch the trailer for ‘Sin by Silence’, click here. To see a clip for Klaus’ recent Discovery press event in Washington DC, click here. For more details on the premiere of Sin by Silence on Discovery ID, click here.

Vanguard University Named “A Best in the West” College by The Princeton Review

Vanguard University is one of the best colleges in the West according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. It is one of 121 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the West” section of its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that posted August 1, 2011 on PrincetonReview.com.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP / Publisher, “We’re pleased to recommend Vanguard University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree.  We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.   From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite.  We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project.   Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”

“Vanguard is honored to be selected for the fourth year in a row by The Princeton Review. We have outstanding faculty who are experts in their fields who receive recognition and honors for their excellence. And, our student satisfaction and retention continue to improve. It’s an exciting time at Vanguard,” says Kim Johnson, interim vice president for enrollment management.

The 121 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the West” list are located in fifteen states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.  The Princeton Review also designated 220 colleges in the Northeast, 153 in the Midwest, and 135 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists.   Collectively, the 629 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.  Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.

The Princeton Review does not rank the 629 colleges in its “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list hierarchically or by region or in various categories.   However, some schools in this list that also appear in The Princeton Review book, “The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition” may appear on some of the Princeton Review ranking lists of “top 20 colleges” in 62 categories that are unique to that book.  They are based entirely on the Company’s surveys of students at the 376 schools in the book.

The Princeton Review, headquartered in Framingham, MA with editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country and abroad, is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

About Vanguard University

Vanguard University (www.vanguard.edu) is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). U.S. News & World Report has ranked Vanguard #9 among the best baccalaureate colleges in the west in their 2010 rankings of colleges and universities.  The Princeton Review named VU “A Best in the West” college for 2011 and 2012.

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU) has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for 30 years through college and graduate school test preparation and private tutoring. With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free website, www.PrincetonReview.com, the company provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education. The Princeton Review partners with schools and guidance counselors throughout the U.S. to assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning services, helping more students pursue postsecondary education.

The company also owns and operates Penn Foster Education Group, a global leader in online education, providing career-focused degree and vocational programs in the fields of allied health, business, technology, education, and select trades through the Penn Foster High School and Penn Foster Career School (www.pennfoster.edu). Penn Foster creates the platform to leverage the company’s Career Education Partnerships division with the National Labor College (NLC). This venture was formed to bring high-quality bachelor degree completion and certificate programs to the AFL-CIO’s 13 million members and the working adults in their families. For more information, visit www.PrincetonReview.com.