Vanguard University of Southern California
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|Motto||Your Story Matters|
|Religious affiliation||Assemblies of God|
|Location||Costa Mesa, California, USA
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
Vanguard University is a private university based in Costa Mesa, California. The school offers liberal arts and professional studies in four graduate degrees, along with 21 undergraduate degrees in 15 departments of the undergraduate college. Vanguard University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Vanguard is named in the 2012–13 Christian Colleges of Distinction. In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked the school #495 in out of America's Best Colleges.
During the summer of 1920, Harold K. Needham, D. W. Kerr, and W. C. Pierce opened a school to prepare Christian workers for the various ministries of the church. The new institute, Southern California Bible School, moved from Los Angeles to Pasadena in 1927. In 1939 it was chartered by the State of California as a college eligible to grant degrees, and it became Southern California Bible College-the first four-year institution of the Assemblies of God. In 1943 the college received recognition by the government for the training of military chaplains. It moved to the present campus in 1950. The name was changed to Southern California College nine years later when majors in the liberal arts were added to the curriculum.
Regional accreditation and membership in the Western Association of Schools and Colleges were granted in 1964. In 1967 the college received recognition and approval of its teaching credential program from the California State Board of Education. In June 1983 the Graduate Studies Program received approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. A Degree Completion Program was started in 1994 for adult learners. On July 1, 1999 university status was achieved when Southern California College registered with the Secretary of State’s Office as Vanguard University of Southern California. The University comprises the Undergraduate College and the School for Graduate and Professional Studies.
In addition to its founding president, Harold K. Needham, Vanguard University of Southern California has had the able leadership of eight presidents: Daniel W. Kerr, Irvine J. Harrison, John B. Scott, O. Cope Budge, Emil A. Balliet, Wayne E. Kraiss, Murray W. Dempster and Carol Taylor. Vanguard inaugurated its tenth president, Dr. Michael J. Beals, on February 7, 2014.
For over three-quarters of a century, Vanguard University has been a leader in educational innovation within its denomination, preparing students for all types of ministry. As a Christian university, VUSC is constantly seeking to expand its influence and service through education that provides excellence without compromise for the glory of Jesus Christ.
Vanguard is in Costa Mesa, California, about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego.
Organization and administration
The presidents of the university have been Harold K. Needham, Daniel W. Kerr, Irvine J. Harrison, John B. Scott, O. Cope Budge, Emil A. Balliet, Wayne E. Kraiss, Murray W. Dempster, Carol Taylor and Michael Beals.
The school offers liberal arts and professional studies in four graduate degrees, along with 21 undergraduate degrees in 15 departments of the undergraduate college.
Vanguard University teams, nicknamed athletically as the Lions, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). Men's athletics has six teams and Women's athletics has seven teams.
In 2014, Vanguard won the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball championship in Kansas City, Missouri.
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