Vanguard University ranks in top 10 for US News & World Report’s 2014 Best Colleges

2014_Best-Colleges_with-badge425x283US News & World Report today announced its 2014 Best College rankings.  For several consecutive years in a row, Vanguard University has ranked in the top 10; in the 2014 Best Regional Colleges – West category, Vanguard ranks #10.

According to the US News & World Report FAQ page, a college education is one of the most important – and one of the most costly – investments that prospective students will ever make. For this reason, the editors of U.S. News believe that students and their families should have as much information as possible about the comparative merits of the educational programs at America’s colleges and universities.

The data gathered on colleges – and the rankings of the schools that arise from these data – serve as an objective guide by which students and their parents can compare the academic quality of schools.

There are 1,596 regionally accredited U.S. institutions that are part of the U.S. News data collection universe.  Regional colleges (such as Vanguard University) focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. These rankings are split into 4 regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

Each year, the methodology is refined for the purpose of improving the process.  Last week, Us News & World Report announced some methodology changes impacting this year’s rankings.   The refined methodology reduced the weight of input factors (which look at characteristics of the students, faculty and other resources going into the educational process)and increased the weight of output measures (which look at the results of the educational process, such as graduation and freshman retention rates).

For more information about the rankings/methodology for Best Colleges 2014, click here.

Vanguard’s 2013 convocation ceremony rings in the new school year with eager anticipation in the air

President Mike Beals addresses Vanguard University students

President Mike Beals addresses Vanguard University students

With their eyes focused on God for what He has in store for them this school year, hundreds of Vanguard University students joined with faculty, staff, the Board of Trustees, Foundation Board, and other important members of the Vanguard community to officially launch the 2013-2014 school year.  Under Professor Mildred Yi’s direction, the Vanguard orchestra kicked off the official launch of the new school  year to William Walton’s Crown Imperial (Coronation March).  After a brief welcome from  President Mike Beals, who officially addressed the students for the first time since he started as Vanguard’s tenth president on AugusVU Convocation-13-226t 1, Professor April Westbrook gave the invocation.  Led by Professors Melton and Prado, the Vanguard choir and orchestra then performed O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing. 

Dr. Mike Wilson, acting provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, introduced the faculty, who proudly stood in full regalia as their respective departments were introduced.  Student Government Association President Ashlee Kildiszew then read from Psalms 90 and 96, followed by the Vanguard choir and orchestra’s rendition of A Jubilant and some encouraging words by Rev. Rich Guerra, Superintendent of the SoCal Network Assemblies of God and Trustee.VU Convocation-13-098

President Beals enthusiastically welcomed the students, harkening back to his own days as a Vanguard University undergraduate student, when he, too, was presented with the many new and exciting opportunities to learn and grow with his peers each new year.  Just as a timely, warm breeze passed through Heath Lawn, where the ceremony was being held, he encouraged the students to keep an eye on the Lord as the newness of the semester diminishes and the many distractions tempt them as the wind tempted Peter to take his eyes off of Jesus (Matthew 14:22-32).

Shortly after Professor Greg Austring gave the benediction, the crowd, who had braved the strong rays of the increasingly hot California morning sun, traveled to their next destination filled with the Holy Spirit.  In the background, the sonorous tones of Sing, Sing, Sing performed by the Vanguard jazz ensemble and under the direction of Professor Ken Foerch could be heard across Heath Lawn.

Let the 2013-2013 school year at Vanguard University begin!

 

 

 

 

Radio Host Hugh Hewitt Interviews Sandie Morgan, Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice

DSC_3073On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, nationally syndicated radio host, law professor, and lawyer Hugh Hewitt interviewed Sandie Morgan, Director of the Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University.   Hewitt starts out the interview by commending Morgan on the impact of her work with the Global Center for Women & Justice, which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary September 19-21.  Referring to Vanguard University as “one of the jewels of Orange County”, Hewitt discusses with Morgan the need for awareness about human trafficking, which gets a lot of global attention and yet it is just as much a local issue.

Morgan also talks about when she first experienced human trafficking when she was living in Athens, Greece with her husband for ten years, and how when the wall came down, she saw very young girls crossing the border into countries where prostitution was legal.  Says Morgan, “When I came back to the states, I was shocked to see the same thing happening here but no one was talking about it.”  This encounter, she explains, was the impetus for her to put her faith in action and combat human trafficking, violence against women, and other important issues women face.

In 2003, the Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University began by offering a women’s studies minor and over those ten years, has continued to focus on women’s issues.  Morgan talks about how she has helped get Vanguard University students involved as the “hands and feet to do community, education, and outreach.”

The Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University is a faith-based organization that exists to advance the global status of women through research, education, advocacy, collaboration and hope. The Global Center for Women & Justice promotes gender reconciliation and the inherent dignity of all persons.

For more information on the Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University’s 10th anniversary events, please click here.

To listen to the interview with Hugh Hewitt, click here.

 

 

U.S. Veterans Magazine Names Vanguard University a Top Veteran-Friendly School

US-Veterans-MagazineVanguard University is one of an elite group of schools in the nation that has made U.S. Veterans Magazine’s Best of the Best list of top veteran-friendly schools for 2013.   359 schools were evaluated.

According to the magazine’s press release, the annual review is an evaluation of the nation’s employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions. These non-biased studies are valuable resources for jobseekers, business owners, students, consumers, senior management, business associations, employment agencies and consumer groups.  Click here to read the full press release.

The Veterans Resource Center at Vanguard University exists to support veterans by providing academic planning, financial advisement, and resources for professional, personal, and spiritual development designed to equip veterans to achieve their educational and professional goals.  For more information about the Veterans Resource Center at Vanguard University, click here.

 

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Vanguard University Unveils New Athletics Logo

Vanguard University new athletics ogoIf you are a Vanguard University student, alum, former VU athlete, or Vanguard sports fan in general, you likely have seen Vanguard’s old logo.  It’s been an important part of Vanguard’s history since 1999, the same year Vanguard underwent a name change from Southern California College (SCC) to Vanguard University.  The old logo – a lion (panthera leo) with a mane that doubles as a flame – has been updated to represent the University’s latest branding.

“The new logo is more realistic and features a competitive look,” says Bob Wilson, director of athletics at Vanguard University.  “Akins Parker did a superb job of working with our award-winning marketing team and athletics department to capture the energy, passion and intensity with which the Vanguard athletics teams bring to each and every game.”

Along with the new logo, Vanguard University is introducing a new line of apparel that will be available in the University’s bookstore this Fall donning the new logo.  More information on this coming soon so make room in your closets.

Click here to the Daily Pilot’s article about Vanguard’s new athletics logo.