Statement of Accreditation Status
Vanguard University of Southern California

55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
United States

The OPEID number is used by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to identify schools that have Program Participation Agreements (PPA) for purposes of eligibility to participate in Federal Student Financial Assistance programs under Title IV.

Current Accreditation Status

Accredited- Indicates that the Commission has found that an institution has met or exceeded the expectations of the Standards and the Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness. Initial accreditation is for a period of five to seven years before the next comprehensive review. Reaffirmation is granted for a period of seven to ten years and may be accompanied by a request for interim reports and/or special visits, or a formal Notice of Concern.

Most Recent Commission Action: 
Friday, June 25, 2021
First Accredited

Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC.

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Financial Structure Type

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Religious Control
Academic Calendar

The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer Ludmila Praslova Faculty lpraslova [at]
Board of Directors Chair John Martin Board Chair pastorjohn [at]
Chief Academic Officer Chip Espinoza Interim Provost; Dean of Strategy & Innovation chip.espinoza [at]
Chief Executive Officer Michael Beals President michael.beals [at]
Chief Financial Officer Jeremy Moser Chief Financial Officer jeremy.moser [at]
Director Institutional Research John Kim Associate Director of Institutional Research [at]
OPEID Location Namesort descending City Location Type Status
00129309 Canyon Hills AG Bakersfield Additional Active
00129308 St. Jude Medical Center Fullerton Additional Active
Vanguard University of Southern California Santa Ana Additional Active
00129300 Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa Main Campus Active
Degreesort descending Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
Accounting Bachelors 1992 On-Site
Actuarial Science, Bachelor of Science Bachelors 2020 On-Site
Bachelor of Arts in Business Bachelors 2019 On-Site
Bachelor of Arts in Management Bachelors 2019 On-Site
Bachelor of Arts in Management Bachelors 2020 Distance Education
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences Bachelors 2018 On-Site
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Pre-licensure Program Bachelors 2018 On-Site
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN to BSN Bachelors 2019 Distance Education
Biochemistry Bachelors 2008 On-Site
Biological Sciences Bachelors 2008 On-Site
Biology Bachelors 1975 On-Site
Business Administration Bachelors 1988 On-Site
Certificate in Anti-Human Trafficking Non-degree 2016 On-Site
Certificate in Anti-Human Trafficking Non-degree 2016 Distance Education
Certificate in Clinical Nurse Specialist Non-degree 2014 On-Site
Certificate in Early Childhood Education Non-degree 2001 Distance Education
Certificate in Transitional Kindergarten Non-degree 2016 Distance Education
Chemistry Bachelors 1982 On-Site
Clinical Psychology Masters 1998 On-Site
Communication Bachelors 1979 On-Site
Data Science, Bachelor of Science Bachelors 2021 On-Site
Early Childhood Bachelors 2018 Distance Education
Early Childhood Education Bachelors 2012 Distance Education
Early Childhood Education Associate 2012 Distance Education
Education Masters 1994 On-Site
Engineering Physics, Bachelor of Science Bachelors 2019 On-Site
English Bachelors 1958 On-Site
Graduate Certificate in Intercultural and Inclusive Leadership Non-degree 2020 Distance Education
Graduate Certificate in Talent Development and Organizational Analysis Non-degree 2019 On-Site
History/Political Science Bachelors 1975 On-Site
Jazz Studies Bachelors 2013 On-Site
Kinesiology Bachelors 1975 On-Site
Leadership Studies Masters 1983 On-Site
Liberal Studies Bachelors 1967 On-Site
MA in Leadership Studies Masters 2017 Distance Education
Marketing Bachelors 1992 On-Site
Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology Masters 2019 On-Site
Master of Arts in Theology Masters 2019 Distance Education
Master of Arts in Theology Masters 1991 On-Site
Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology Masters 2014 On-Site
Mathematics Bachelors 1969 On-Site
Music Bachelors 1948 On-Site
Music Education Bachelors 2013 On-Site
Nursing Masters 2012 On-Site
Performance Bachelors 2013 On-Site
Psychology Bachelors 2020 Distance Education
Psychology Bachelors 1954 On-Site
Psychology Bachelor of Arts Bachelors 2021 Distance Education
RN to BSN Bachelors 2008 On-Site
Sociology Bachelors 1974 On-Site
Theatre Bachelors 1997 On-Site
Theology Bachelors 2016 Distance Education
Theology Bachelors 1939 On-Site
Worship Studies Bachelors 2013 On-Site
Season Year Review Type
Fall 2021 Progress Report
Fall 2022 Special Visit
Fall 2024 Offsite Review
Spring 2025 Accreditation Visit

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