Disclosures and Consumer Information
FEDERAL COMPLIANCE AND DISCLOSURES
The below information is applicable to any student enrolled in residential or distance learning courses at Vanguard University.
Department of Education
WASC Senior College and University Commission Compliance
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance”.
Vanguard University is committed to ensuring an educational environment in which the dignity of every individual is respected, and to providing an environment for employees, students, and campus visitors that is free from harassment. For more information, please view our Title IX Policies and Procedures.
DISCLOSURES REQUIRED BY CALIFORNIA STATE LAW
Religious Expression Disclosure
Vanguard University (VU) is a private, coeducational, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies that believes its Spirit-empowered Christian community provides a supportive and challenging environment in which to pursue a quality education. The University assumes that it is essential to offer educational opportunity within a context of free inquiry and academic integrity. VU is a community that encourages individual integrity and responsibility in accordance with biblical Christianity and its social and ethical implications.
VU is committed to providing a learning and living environment that promotes safety, transparency, personal integrity, civility, mutual respect and freedom from discrimination. As a Christian university affiliated with the Southern California Network of the Assemblies of God, VU is exempted from certain provisions of federal Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the California Equity in Higher Education Act that are not consistent with its religious tenets and mission. These exemptions may apply to, but are not limited to, requirements in the university’s community standards, housing policies, admissions processes and employee hiring and general employment practices. VU retains all rights afforded under federal law and the laws of the State of California.
Student Retention and Graduation Rates
Please find information on graduation and retention rates here:
- Retention Rates Updated 2022
- Graduation Rates Updated 2022
- Analysis of Retention & Graduation Rates for 2015-2022
Student Learning Outcomes Achievement is a Core, Non-Negotiable Commitment of Vanguard’s Academic Programs.
Vanguard is committed to ensuring that all students develop competency in the following areas:
- Integration of Faith and Learning
- Cultural Competency and Citizenship
- Critical Thinking
- Holistic Living
- Information Competency
Descriptions of Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
SLO 1 – Integration of Faith and Learning: Students will develop and articulate a Biblical worldview informed by a Pentecostal perspective, integrating faith with learning.
SLO 2 – Cultural Competency and Citizenship: Students will understand and practice effective local, national and global citizenship and demonstrate appreciation of diverse psychological, social, historical and artistic aspects of culture.
SLO 3 – Communication: Students will demonstrate effective, college-level written and oral communication skills.
SLO 4 – Critical Thinking: Students will develop and apply qualitative and quantitative critical thinking skills.
SLO 5 – Holistic Living: Students will appreciate and demonstrate a holistic view of health and living.
SLO 6 – Information Competency: Students will demonstrate foundational technology skills that allow one to locate and evaluate the integrity of information, and to understand the ethical uses of information.
Vanguard uses a variety of approaches to assess student learning outcomes. To view the results of the comparison between Vanguard students and national samples of comparable students. In general, performance of Vanguard freshmen was similar to freshmen at other national Liberal Arts, and seniors performed at or slightly above national Liberal Arts colleges’ averages. Vanguard seniors performed especially well in reading and writing.
In addition to nationally normed data, Vanguard University uses evaluation of student coursework for the most authentic assessment of student learning. An example of use of such data to compare performance of Psychology majors in Traditional Undergraduate and Professional Studies formats is found here.
Academic Catalog Information
Online State Authorizations
Vanguard University of Southern California is authorized or allowed to offer a number of its online educational programs to students residing in the following states:
|Louisiana**||North Dakota||West Virginia**|
* Only certain programs are allowed.
** Practicum placements within these states are not allowed.
1 The program is exempt from authorization because the program is online, and the institution does not have a physical presence in the state.
This list continues to evolve as legislation changes. Please contact email@example.com for the most current information.
Student Grievance Process
Students currently enrolled at Vanguard University who feel they have been unfairly dealt with in any area of the University can follow administrative procedures to address concerns and/ or complaints.
For concerns and/or complaints that are academic in nature:
1. Contact the appropriate Chair/Director in the department which the concern and/or complaint exists.
2. If the grievance is unresolved, it will escalate to the respective Dean in which the Chair/ Director reports.
3, If preliminary procedures fail to resolve the concern and/or complaint the student may submit an appeal in writing stating the nature of the grievance, the evidence upon which it is based, and the redress sought. The grievance can be filed on a Vanguard University Complaint Form.
4. The final decision for appeals made in all student academic matters resides with the Provost/VPAA, who serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the University.
For concerns and/or complaints that pertain to student life (which includes housing and student conduct):
1. Contact the appropriate Director in the department which the concern and/or complaint exists.
2. If preliminary procedures fail to resolve the concern and/or complaint the student may submit an appeal in writing stating the nature of the grievance, the evidence upon which it is based, and the redress sought. The grievance can be filed on a Vanguard University Complaint Form.
3. The Vice President for Student Affairs will review and act to bring formal resolution to the stated grievance in the matter of student life issues.
4. If satisfactory action is not achieved, the final appeal may be directed to the University President.
It is expected that currently enrolled students will fully utilize any/all of the University’s administrative procedures to address concerns and/or complaints in as timely a manner as possible. On occasion, however, a student may believe that these administrative procedures have not adequately addressed concerns. In those select cases, the following independent procedures are provided.
Students currently enrolled at Vanguard University may also file a concern and/or complaint through the WASC Senior College and University Commission (http://www.wascsenior.org/comments) if they feel the University is not in compliance with the WSCUC Standards of Accreditation and Commission policies. Additionally, online student may seek redress through through their home state's higher education agency.
In accordance with California Education Code Section 94874, Vanguard University is contracted with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (Bureau). For the Bureau to review and act on complaints concerning the institution. An individual may contact the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education for review of a complaint. The Bureau may be contacted at:Mailing Address:
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818 Physical Address:
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
1747 North Market Blvd., Suite 225
Sacramento, CA 95834 Telephone (916) 574-8900
Toll Free (888) 370-7589
Fax (916) 263-1897
The Office of the Attorney General for the State of California is authorized to investigate and prosecute violations of State consumer laws, including laws relating to deceptive advertising, credit, charitable solicitations, telecommunications, telemarketing and sales. The Office cooperates with other States, the Federal Trade Commission and other federal agencies in addressing national consumer protection issues. Further, the California Department of Justice Office of Consumer Protection litigates cases that are referred to the Department by other States agencies.
Complaints may be filed with the California Department of Justice Office of Consumer Protection at: http://oag.ca.gov/consumers