College History and Philosophy
In the early 1990s, thinking, praying, and planning began among a group of educationally and spiritually adventuresome people in Redlands, California. The early planners agreed that there was a place for a new institution of higher education in Southern California, one which would be:
- Distinctively Christian, joyfully celebrating faith in Jesus Christ, and honoring Christian values in both thought and practice.
- Academically excellent, with highly qualified faculty who are dedicated to teaching and leading students to acquire the intellectual skills and knowledge necessary for a superior general education.
- Nurturing and supportive, where small classes and personal attention foster a close-knit community of genuine friendship and camaraderie.
- Affordable, bringing a high quality Christian college experience at an affordable cost within reach of all college-bound students.
The College prepares students to be ready to transfer to senior colleges and universities to complete their Bachelor's degrees.
The College was incorporated in June 1994 as a nonprofit corporation for the public benefit. It is governed by its own self-perpetuating Board of Trustees, and, as such, is legally and financially independent of any church, denomination, or educational institution. The College's trustees, now 14 in number, include educators, business persons, pastors, and leaders of Christian non-profit organizations, all representing a wide range of denominations and Christian fellowships.
In August 1995, the College received conditional approval to operate from the agency of the State of California known as the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.