Introduction to Virscend University

Our Vision

Virscend University will be the University of choice for aspiring business professionals who are dedicated to succeed in the business world.

Our Vision

Inspire students with innovative ideas and business intelligence to prepare them to excel in a dynamic global environment.

Our Core Values

Innovation, Inspiration, and Intelligence.

Our Institutional Purposes

  1. To provide equal educational opportunities for all students with educational needs

  2. To develop student’s rich knowledge, personality and cooperativeness to create opportunities for their future success

  3. To inspire students with innovative and state-of-the-art technologies

  4. To prepare students to engage in a diverse global environment

1.1 History 

Our mission is to inspire students with innovative ideas and business intelligence to prepare them to excel in a dynamic global business environment. The university aspires to attain its mission by offering small size classes with less than 20 students that are taught by professors and leading industry professionals with years of experience. Our curriculum is up-to-date to meet today’s business needs.  Currently, our professors hold Ph.D. degrees and have taught at accredited universities. This pairing of small classes with quality professors creates an ideal learning environment that supports a curriculum built on developing a highly skilled and versatile business professional.

 

Virscend University offers a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) program. The MBA program is designed to meet the personal needs of currently working professionals who require convenient school hours and a pace that can accommodate their ambitious goals. Therefore, our program offers evening courses with a 12-month pace (Students must enroll in the fall semester and take all of the courses (three in fall, three in spring, four in summer) to complete the MBA program in one year). Our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BS) program is also designed with the students in mind. Our undergraduate 2-year program accommodates the financial concerns of talented students who are seeking to invest in their growth but who may be deterred by the high cost in quality education. In order to support talent, the university has made a conscious effort to deliver quality with an affordable price. As a result, the university has a financially competitive program.

 

Virscend University is part of Virscend Education Company Limited schools. Virscend Education Co Ltd currently owns a total of 16 educational institutions including fifteen K-12 schools and 1 four-year college with a total student population of  more than 38,000 (Feb. 14, 2019). Virscend Education Co Ltd is the largest private educational organization in southern China with nationwide recognition for its innovative and high performing graduates. Many schools of Virscend Education Co Ltd have placed students in renowned universities in China and all over the world, which include Beijing University, Tsinghua University, Harvard University, MIT, UC-Berkeley, UC-Irvine, CSU-Long Beach, CSUF, UCLA and many others. 

 

As part of Virscend Education Co Ltd, Virscend University aspires to fulfill its parent company’s commitment to quality education. Therefore, Virscend University prides itself on its effort of building a high-quality education validated by WSCUC. As we speak, our leadership team is working hard on obtaining its accreditation and we are confident in our efforts. Our leadership team also ensures that we comply with the California Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education.

 

1.2 Instructional Location 

Virscend University 

16490 Bake Parkway

Irvine, CA 92618

 

1.3 BPPE Approval

This institution is a private institution approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private 7) Postsecondary Education. (BPPE) Approval to operate means the institution is compliant with minimum standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Division 7.5 of title 5 of the California code of Regulations. 

 

1.4 Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students

This institution is provisionally approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) to offer degree programs. To continue to offer this degree program, this institution must meet the following requirements: 

 

Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one-degree program

Achieve accreditation candidacy or initial accreditation, as defined in regulations, by November 1, 2019 and full accreditation by November 18, 2021. 

 

If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, it must:

       

Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and

Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund. 

 

An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.

 

As of June 4, 2019, Virscend University has met its first deadline by passing the Eligibility status with WSCUC and is currently pursuing the Initial Accreditation.

 

1.5 Financial Stability Bankruptcy History

This institution has not had a pending petition in bankruptcy, is not operating as a debtor in possession and has not filed a bankruptcy petition within the preceding five years nor has it had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding five years that resulted in reorganization under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. 

 

1.6 Accreditation Status

Virscend University has applied for Eligibility from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC has reviewed the application and determined that the University is eligible to proceed with an application for Candidacy and Initial Accreditation. A determination of Eligibility is not a formal status with the WASC Senior College and University Commission, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation. It is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed within five years of its Eligibility determination to be reviewed for Candidacy or Initial Accreditation status with the Commission. Questions about Eligibility may be directed to the institution or to WSCUC at wscuc@wscuc.org or (510) 748-9001.

 

It is a huge honor for a school to receive accreditation, so our team of staff and faculty is working diligently to obtain an official seal of approval from WASC. 

 

In addition, Virscend University is in agreement with the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) to achieve the following deadline:

 

Achieve accreditation candidacy or initial accreditation, as defined in regulations, by November 1, 2019 and full accreditation by November 18, 2021. 

 

As of June 4, 2019, Virscend University has met its first deadline. 

 

1.7 Description of the Facilities & Type of Equipment Used for Instruction

The school is located on a major thoroughfare in the city of Irvine, in a stand-alone building that is approximately 10 years old. The school facility is 5,000 square feet in size with 3 standard classrooms, a computer lab, a library/conference room, an administrator’s and admissions’ office. The classrooms are equipped with white boards, teacher and student desks, and a projector with HDMI and mini-display adapters.  The computer lab has 14 brand new HP desktops, a projector with a HDMI and mini-display adapter, a white board and 14 modern office chairs. The administrator’s and admissions’ office have personal computers and servers along with standard peripherals. 

 

1.8 Learning Resources

Virscend University provides internet access, an online course management system, a physical library and eLibrary with access to EBSCO’s eBook Business Subscription Collections and Regional Business News. These resources supplement the university's curriculum. Students may access the internet using their laptops or a desktop computer from the computer lab during operational hours. The online course management system, Moodle, supports classroom instruction. By using Moodle, students can send a message to their instructor regarding a missed assignment. 

They can access PowerPoint slides and lecture videos for assignments missed or simply to revisit for further study. The university’s physical library houses books, periodicals, journals, and other supporting material that supplement the university's curriculum. In addition, the library offers a communal space for students to work on homework or projects either individually or as a group. The eLibrary is composed of various digital libraries. Students can easily access a list of public digital libraries from the library page on Virscend University’s website. Students may also access EBSCO’s business related databases. 

 

The university currently has a subscription to eBook Business Subscription Collection – This collection offers nearly 20,000 business e-books selected to assist students and scholars with various business research, special projects and entrepreneurial needs. A key resource for academic and business school libraries, eBook Business Collection encompasses a variety of topics, such as marketing, finance, supply chain management and entrepreneurship. Titles are available from many noteworthy academic and business publishers, including Oxford University Press, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, World Scientific Publishing Company, Princeton University Press, AMACOM and Gallup Press. 

 

Regional Business News - Regional Business News provides full-text regional business publications for the United States and Canadian provinces. Users can search newspapers, magazines and other resources from trusted news sources.  Furthermore, students are encouraged to access and use materials from the nearby public libraries and various online digital resources.  

 

1.9 Student Rights under FERPA 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. (An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution at any age.) These rights include:

  • The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day Virscend University receives a request for access. A student should submit to the Office of Student Success a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

  • The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. A student who wishes to ask Virscend University to amend a record should write to the Office of Student Success and clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.If Virscend University decides not to amend the record as requested, Virscend University will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  • The right to provide written consent before Virscend University discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Virscend University discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is typically includes a person employed by Virscend University in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the Virscend University who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official typically has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the Virscend University.

  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Virscend University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

 

Student Privacy Policy Office 

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202

 

See the list below of the disclosures that postsecondary institutions may make without consent.

  • FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in § 99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the student, § 99.32 of FERPA regulations requires the institution to record the disclosure. Eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A postsecondary institution may disclose PII from the education records without obtaining prior written consent of the student —

    • To other school officials, including teachers, within [School] whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in § 99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) - (a)(1)(i)(B)(3) are met. (§ 99.31(a)(1))

    • To officials of another school where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of § 99.34. (§ 99.31(a)(2))

    • To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as a State postsecondary authority that is responsible for supervising the university’s State-supported education programs. Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of §99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State- supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf. (§§99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)

    • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§ 99.31(a)(4))

    • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a)develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction. (§ 99.31(a)(6))

    • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. (§ 99.31(a)(7))

    • To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§ 99.31(a)(8))

    • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena. (§ 99.31(a)(9))

    • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to §99.36. (§ 99.31(a)(10))

    • Information the school has designated as “directory information” under §99.37. (§ 99.31(a)(11))

    • To a victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, subject to the requirements of § 99.39. The disclosure may only include the final results of the disciplinary proceeding with respect to that alleged crime or offense, regardless of the finding. (§ 99.31(a)(13))

    • To the general public, the final results of a disciplinary proceeding, subject to the requirements of § 99.39, if the school determines the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense and the student has committed a violation of the school’s rules or policies with respect to the allegation made against him or her. (§99.31(a)(14))

    • To parents of a student regarding the student’s violation of any Federal, State, or locallaw, or of any rule or policy of the school, governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if the school determines the student committed a disciplinary violation and the student is under the age of 21. (§99.31(a)(15))