COSTA MESA — Vanguard University, a faith-based college in Costa Mesa, made the top 10 in the Best of the West Regional Category of Best Baccalaureate programs, according to Princeton Review's recently released annual rankings.
The No. 9 ranking came while the Christian university had been fighting a negative stigma of having been sanctioned by the Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges last year. The reason for the sanction was that the university lacked solid financial stability and governance, according to Vanguard University President Carol Taylor.
The sanction, which was levied against the 2,000-student college in June 2009, was removed in June this year, Taylor said.
"The Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges Commission took action to continue Vanguard's accreditation but to place the university on probation, reflecting that the university was out of compliance with elements … related to fiscal sustainability and effective governance," Taylor said. "In June this year, however, after a special site team visit, the WASC Commission took action to remove that sanction and described the university's progress as 'phenomenal,' recognizing the university's actions as 'leading to a significant institutional turnaround.'"