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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students must maintain satisfactory progress towards the completion of their program. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is reviewed quarterly.
To maintain satisfactory academic progress, all students must meet the following requirements:
•    Certificate students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.
•    Graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
•    All students must achieve progress toward graduation and complete a certificate or degree program within the maximum time frame allowed for the program.
•    Graduate student's attempted hours may not exceed 150% of the published length of the program.

Programs are divided up into evaluation periods. An evaluation period is the period between two consecutive evaluation points. To be considered as making satisfactory academic progress students must complete a minimum number of credits hours and achieve a minimum GPA at the end of each evaluation period according to the requirements below. Students who fail to meet SAP will be placed on probation.

DSC Degree Program

Evaluation Points

25%

50%

75%

100%

Minimum GPA 2.7  2.8 2.9  3.0
Minimum Credits Completed 0 – 15 16 – 30 31 – 45 46 – 60
MSHN Degree Program Evaluation Points

25%

50%

75%

100%

Minimum GPA 2.7   2.8 2.9   3.0
Minimum Credits Completed 0 – 15 16 – 30 31 – 45 46 – 60

MHNE Degree Program

Evaluation Points

25%

50%

75%

100%

Minimum GPA 2.7   2.8 2.9   3.0
Minimum Credits Completed 0 – 9 10 – 18 19 – 27 28 – 36

MSTN Degree Program

Evaluation Points

25%

50%

75%

100%

Minimum GPA 2.7   2.8 2.9   3.0
Minimum Credits Completed 0 – 9 10 – 18 19 – 27 28 – 37
NC Certificate Programs Evaluation Points 50% 100%
Minimum GPA 1.8  2.0 
Minimum Credits Completed 0 – 24   25 – 48  

SFHN Certificate Programs

Evaluation Points

50%

100%

Minimum GPA 1.8  2.0 
Minimum Credits Completed 0 – 12   13 – 24  

WTNC Certificate Programs

Evaluation Points

50%

100%

Minimum GPA 1.8  2.0 
Minimum Credits Completed 0 – 9   10 – 18  

HH Certificate Programs

Evaluation Points

50%

100%

Minimum GPA 1.8  2.0 
Minimum Credits Completed 0 – 6   7 – 12  

 

Students placed on probation due to insufficient academic progress will be allowed to continue in the University for an additional six (6) months. Students on probation will receive a warning letter with detailed plans on how to proceed in order to be removed from probation and continue at the University.  

During the probationary period students must demonstrate that they are able to meet the required standard. Students who do not meet the minimum standards during the probationary period will be dismissed from the University at the end of the probationary period.  Should a student be dismissed as a result of not maintaining SAP, he/she may petition the University to return after a period of one year has passed and must demonstrate their ability to succeed upon reinstatement. A Probation Reinstatement Fee of $100 will be incurred.

Any student that is on Academic Probation will not be permitted to transfer to another program.  Once a student is no longer on probation, then a program transfer will be allowed. Students are also not permitted to take elective courses while on probation.

All courses attempted, including any repeated, incomplete courses or withdrawals recorded on the University academic record at the time progress is checked, are considered in determining if the student has completed the required percentage attempted credit hours and/or if the student exceeded the maximum number of credit hours for degree completion. Transfer credits from another institution that are accepted toward the student’s educational program count as both attempted and completed hours.

The following grades indicate a successful completion of a course: A, A-, B, B+, B-, C, C+, C-, D, D+, P, and TC. Students who receive PR grades are considered to be making progress for that course.

Hawthorn University's BPPE Annual Report - 2016

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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.

Administration

University Administration

Dorothy Germano, Ph.D., President & Chief Academic Officer

Beth Maizes, B.A., Executive Vice President

Allen Zilbert, Ed.D., Chief Information Officer

Janet Ludwig, Ph.D., Education Director & Director of Doctoral Studies

Paula Bartholomy, M.S., C.H.N., N.C., Director of Online Events and Registrar

Joe Pedreira, B.B.A., Chief Operating OfficerBursar

Kathleen McDermott, B.A., Director of Admissions & Student Management

James Bernardinelli, B.F.A., Web Services Manager

 

Board Of Govenors

Bernard Esrig, Ed.D., Chairman of the Board

Jay Fox, J.D., Member of the Board

Beth Maizes, B.A., Member of the Board

Overview & History

Hawthorn University is a not-for-profit online institution devoted to holistic health and nutrition education. Hawthorn believes that education should be within reach. We strive to keep tuition prices low and affordable. The pay-as-you go policy encourages graduation without debt.

Hawthorn University has chosen to focus exclusively on online education. Students connect with faculty and other students via the online portal, in forums, and in live webinars. Archived events and lectures are part of the extensive library of learning materials.

Utilizing guided independent study, professional development, and personal health are core to the University's mission. Students are provided with nutritional tools that can be applied in everyday life to increase vitality, energy, and well being while developing written concepts and oral presentations that can serve expanding nutrition careers.

A stable and responsive staff and reflective, credentialed instructors help students to evolve, connect, and attain goals.

Ongoing development of new educational and holistic programs help us to maintain a current and industry-relevant science based curriculum.

Hawthorn was founded in December 2002 as Hawthorn Health and Nutrition Institute and began offering the Nutrition Consultant certificate program. Hawthorn is approved to operate programs in holistic nutrition by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), school code #48441699. 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0808, Web Address: http://www.bppe.ca.gov; Telephone: (888) 370-7589 or (916) 431-6959 or by fax (916) 263-1897. On September 7, 2016, the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education renewed Hawthorn University's (Institution Code: 48441699) approval to operate for 5 years, contingent upon the institution's ability to comply with the mandatory provisions of Senate Bill (SB) 1247 and achieve accreditation by the July 1, 2020 deadline. Hawthorn does NOT have a pending petition in bankruptcy or is operating as a debtor in possession nor have we filed a petition within the preceding five years, or has had a petition in bankruptcy filed against us within the preceding five years that resulted in reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S.C. Sec. 1101 et.seq.).

Hawthorn's Degree Programs:

Master of Science in Health & Nutrition Education
Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition
Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition
Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition

Hawthorn's Certificate Programs:

Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition Certificate
Nutrition Consultant Certificate
Holistic Health Certificate
WISE Traditions Nutrition Certificate

In 2010 Hawthorn University announced a new initiative in Continuing Education: an ongoing series of educational, professional development, and webinar certificate courses. These courses are short and focused. Many are independent study courses.

Bright Conduit Corporation is the legal name of the not-for-profit corporation doing business as Hawthorn University.

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