Mission Statement

Hawthorn University is dedicated to providing supportive, comprehensive, and professional education in the fields of holistic health, nutrition, and the health sciences through the utilization of distance education methods. Hawthorn offers online certificates, graduate and postgraduate degrees, and continuing education programs to a diverse community of adult learners working to enhance health and wellness around the world.

Goals

• Provide high quality, comprehensive education that prepares students for careers in the field of holistic nutrition, health, and the health sciences;
• Develop the knowledge and skills of students to achieve their educational, professional, and personal objectives;
• Prepare students for higher educational levels in the United States and internationally;
• Take a collective responsibility for a student-centered approach;
• Provide student support services;
• Enhance communication and critical thinking skills of students;
• Cultivate among students a routine critical analysis toward the review and research of scientific theories;
• Maintain a current and industry-relevant curriculum;
• Maintain a culture that supports verification of improved teaching and learning;
• Provide an active, responsive, engaging, and challenging learning experience for geographically dispersed students;
• Produce graduates that make a positive impact on their communities through leadership and service;
• Limit attrition and encourage continued matriculation to achieve high graduation rates;
• Encourage students to engage in life-long learning as scholar-practitioners;
• Graduate ethical and responsible citizens with strong decision-making skills;
•Encourage faculty development;
•Become a school of choice in the area of holistic nutrition and wellness.

Objectives

• Maintain a current and industry-relevant curriculum including current scientific information;
• Provide a stable and reliable online environment conducive to student learning that is available 365 days a year;
• Provide research opportunities for students through online library resources;
• Remain cognizant of the needs of distance learners through the systematic collection of survey data;
• Recruit, hire, and retain faculty and staff that are highly qualified and dedicated to the mission and goals of the University;
• Effectively manage fiscal and educational resources to remain affordable while maintaining excellence in educational delivery;
• Remain committed to the mission and goals of the University by continuous assessment to ensure the quality, currency, and relevance of course materials;
• Recognize and respond to problems and issues among student, faculty, or staff;
• Evaluate and systematically assess student learning in each course via assignments and proctored environments;
• Increase student awareness of the quantity, quality, and accuracy of existing and emerging research findings;
• Improve graduation and completion rates by identifying and supporting at risk students.

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