Two Exclusively Online Programs Prepare Students For Leadership and Management Positions In Marketplace
COSTA MESA, Calif., April 6, 2016 – Vanguard University will launch its first ever fully online programs offering classes in the fields of ministry and leadership. A bachelor of arts in ministry and leadership, and master of arts in leadership studies will be the two inaugural programs that the Orange County based university will introduce. Vanguard plans to begin the programs this fall, pending WASC approval.
Vanguard University, one of 96 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in the U.S., anticipates Hispanics as one of the largest markets of enrollment in the new programs. Dr. Doug Petersen, professor of intercultural studies at Vanguard University, is leading the efforts to establish partnerships with colleges and Hispanic churches. Dr. Petersen, a recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Pentecostal Studies, has more than 35 years of leadership in non-profit and higher education organizations in U.S. and Latin America, and has done extensive research on the social practices of grassroots religious groups in Central America.
“These online programs will make Vanguard University’s top quality undergraduate and graduate degrees accessible and affordable to anyone who desires to study in these areas, regardless of their location,” said Dr. Petersen. “Our faculty who teach in the programs are true experts, with admired academic credentials and invaluable industry experience.”
Racial and ethnic diversity have been accelerating over the past decade at Vanguard University, most recently with the funding from the U.S. Department of Education. In 2015, Vanguard received a five-year $2.57 million grant to expand educational opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students—the only university in Orange County to receive the funding.
Vanguard’s new online programs in ministry and leadership are designed to prepare students for leadership and management in the workplace by developing skills in intercultural competency, conflict management, communication, and ethical decision-making. The bachelor of arts in ministry and leadership will be offered in two formats: eight-week courses on campus or fully online. The master of arts in leadership studies program will be offered in three formats: eight-week courses on campus, fully online, or the hybrid track of three weeks each year on campus and remaining courses online. Curriculum is designed for high quality education with the flexibility to continue working in the industry.
For more information on the programs, visit www.vanguard.edu/leadership
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About Vanguard University
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu