Regulations and Disclosures
California Education Code (CEC) section 94934 requires institutions to submit an annual report to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) that includes the following.
- The total number of students enrolled by level of degree or for a diploma;
- The number of degrees, by level, and diplomas awarded;
- The degree levels and diplomas offered;
- The Performance Fact Sheet
- The school catalog
- The total charges for each educational program
- A statement indicating whether the institution is, or is not, current in remitting Student Tuition Recovery Fund assessments;
- A statement indicating whether an accrediting agency has taken any final disciplinary action against the institution, if applicable;
- Additional information deemed by the Bureau to be reasonably required to ascertain compliance with the law.
- Annual Report (2016)
- School Performance Fact Sheet
- Sample Enrollment Agreement
- Brochures & Newsletters
- Consumer Information Disclosure
Hawthorn University is approved to operate programs in holistic nutrition by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE); school code #48441699. Hawthorn University is a private not for profit institution approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Approval to operate means the institution is compliant with the 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. Hawthorn University is not accredited. Students are not eligible for federal financial aid. A degree program that is unaccredited or a degree from an unaccredited institution is not recognized for some employment positions, including, but not limited to, positions with the state of California and other states.
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. Any questions a student may have regarding the approval of the BPPE that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 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.
A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau's Internet Web site at www.bppe.ca.gov.
See statement on page 7 of Assembly Bill No. 2296, Chapter 585.
Enrollment and Graduation Statistics as of 8/23/17
In the past 3 years (2014-2016), Hawthorn enrolled 263 new students. Of this total, 100 (38%) students are still enrolled and making progress toward their degree or certificate and 34 (13%) have graduated for a combined success rate of 51%.
In the past 3 years (2014-2016), Hawthorn enrolled 142 new students in degree programs. Of this total, 52 (37%) students are still enrolled and making progress toward their degree and 22 (15%) have graduated for a combined success rate of 52%.
In the past 3 years (2014-2016), Hawthorn enrolled 121 new certificate program students. Of this total, 48 (40%) students are still enrolled and making progress toward their certificate and 12 (10%) have graduated for a combined success rate of 50%.
Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students:
This institution is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs. To continue to offer degree programs, 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 pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by July 1, 2017, and full accreditation by July 1, 2020. 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.
Institutional Representative Initials: _______ Date: _______
Student Initials: _______ Date: _______
- Please note the following in regards to the Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students:
- The student and an institutional representative shall initial and date the notice prior to executing an enrollment agreement. An initialed copy of the notice shall b given to the student and the original shall be retained in the enrolled students' records.
We are excited about this new undertaking and the opportunities it will afford our students, Presently, we are working hard and in healthy ways, demonstrating our commitment to life long learning for the university as well as within the university. Also, we have every intention of following the above mandated requirements of the Bureau.
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Hawthorn University seeks to provide a positive learning experience of for all students and offers many resources to assist students in meeting their educational goals. In the event that there is a problem or complaint, students are requested to first contact the individual at the school with whom they have an issue. Additional information about the complaint process can be found in the University Catalog and Student Handbook. Matters that are unable to be resolved directly will be forwarded to Dr. Dorothy Germano, President and Chief Academic Officer, for further review and hopefully resolution.
The following list is provided to assist you if you have not resolved your complaint or issue directly with Hawthorn University. You may then file a complaint with the appropriate agency in your state of residence:
State Lists and Agencies
Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education – Office of Private School Licensing http://www.accs.cc/complaintform.aspx P.O. Box 302130, Montgomery, AL. 36130, 135 South Union Street, Montgomery, AL.
Alaska Commission On Postsecondary Education, P.O. Box 110505, Juneau, Alaska 99811-0505. Phone: (907) 465-6741, Fax: (907) 465-5316.
State of Alaska Office of the Attorney General, 1031 W. 4th Ave., Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99501-5903.
Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, 1400 W. Washington Street, Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Phone: (602) 542-5709, Fax: (602) 542-1253.
Arkansas Department of Higher Education 114 East Capitol, Little Rock AR 72201
California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833. Phone: (916) 431-6924, Fax: (916) 263-1897 or www.bppe.ca.gov or (888) 370-7589.
Colorado Department of Higher Education, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1600, Denver, Colorado 80202. Phone: (303) 866-2723, Fax: (303) 866-4266.
Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, 165 Capitol Avenue, Hartford CT 06106. Email:, Fax: (860) 707-1966.
Delaware Higher Education Office, The Townsend Building, 401 Federal St., ste 2, Dover, DE 19901. Email:, Phone: Phone: (302) 735-4120 or (800) 292-7935, Fax: (302) 739-5894.
Delaware Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, Carvel State Office Bldg., 820 N. French Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. Email: , Fax: (302) 577-6499.
District of Columbia
Education Licensure Commission, District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 810 First Street, NE, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20002. Phone: (202) 727-6436.
Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education, 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400. Email: , Fax: 850-245-3238.
Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, 2082 E. Exchange Pl. #220, Tucker, GA 30084-5334. Phone: (770) 414-3300, Fax: (770) 414-3309.
Hawaii Post-Secondary Education Authorization Program, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, P.O.Box 541, Honolulu, Hawaii 96809.
Idaho State Board of Education, Attn: State Coordinator for Private Colleges and Proprietary Schools, 650 West State Street, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0037. Email: , Phone: (208) 332-1587, Fax (208) 334-2632.
Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, 954 W. Jefferson, 2nd Floor, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0010.
Illinois Board of Higher Education, 431 East Adams, 2nd Floor, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1404. Email:, Phone: (217) 557-7359.
Indiana Commission for Higher Education, 101 West Ohio Street, Suite 550, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984. Email: , Phone: (317) 464-4400 ext. 0.
Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Email: , Phone: (317) 232-6201.
Iowa Student Aid Commission, 430 East Grand Ave, FL 3, Des Moines, IA 50309-1920. Phone: (515) 725-3400 or (877) 272-4456 for the Information Service Center, Fax: (515) 725-3401.
Kansas Board of Regents, 1000 SW Jackson, Suite 520, Topeka, KS 66612-1368. Phone: (785) 296-3421.
Office of the Attorney General, State of Louisiana, Consumer Protection Section, P.O. Box 94005, Baton Rouge, LA 70804. Phone: (800) 351-4889, Fax: (225) 326-6465.
Maine Department of Education, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0023. Phone: (207) 624-6600, Fax: (207) 624-6700.
Attorney General's Consumer Information and Mediation Service, 6 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333. Phone: (207) 626-8849 or (800) 436-2131, Email: .
Complaints by Maryland residents against the University should be directed to: Maryland Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, 200 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21202. (410) 528.8662 or (888) 743-0823 (toll free).
Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, One Ashburton Place, Room 1401, Boston, MA 02108. Phone (617) 994-6950.
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau, Enforcement Division, P.O. Box 30018, Lansing, MI 48909. Phone: (517) 241-9202.
The Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation (MCCA) states that complaints against out-of-state institutions not authorized by the MCCA should be directed to the authorizing/licensing agency in the institution’s home state. The MCCA is located at 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211-6453. Phone: (601) 432-6372, Fax: (601) 432-6225.
Mississippi Consumer Protection Division, Office of the Attorney General, P.O. Box 220, Jackson, Mississippi 39205. Phone: 601-359-3680.
Montana Board of Regents, Office of Commissioner of Higher Education, Montana University System, 2500 Broadway Street, P.O. Box 203201, Helena, MT 59620-3201. Phone: (406) 444-6570.
Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, P.O. Box 95005, Lincoln, NE 68509-5005. Phone: (402) 471-2847.
Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education, 8778 South Maryland Parkway, Suite 115, Las Vegas, Nevada 89123. Phone: (702) 486-7330.
New Jersey Commission on Higher Education, 20 West State Street, 4th floor, PO Box 542, Trenton, NJ 08625-0542. Phone: (609) 292-4310, Fax: (609) 292-7225
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of One-Stop Coordination and Support, Office of Oversight and Compliance, Attn: Rosemarie E. Hufner – Supervisor, P.O. Box 055, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0055.
New Mexico Higher Education Department, 2048 Galisteo, Santa Fe, NM 87505.
New York Office of College and University Evaluation, New York State Education Department, EBA Room 969, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234. Phone: (518) 474-1551, Email: .
North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints, c/o Assistant Director of Licensure and Workforce, University of North Carolina General Administration, 910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688. Phone: (919) 962-4558.
Director of the North Dakota University System Online, North Dakota University System, 600 E Boulevard Ave Dept 215, Bismarck, ND 58505-0230. Phone: (701) 328-2960. Email: .
North Dakota Consumer Protection Division, Office of Attorney General, Gateway Professional Center, 1050 E. Interstate Ave. Suite 200, Bismarck, ND 58503-5574.
Ohio Board of Regents, 30 East Broad Street, 36th floor, Columbus, OH 43215-3414. Phone: (614) 387-1215.
Ohio Attorney General, Consumer Protection Section, 30 E. Broad St., 14th floor, Columbus, OH 43215-3400. Phone: (614) 4986 or (800) 282-0515.
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, 655 Research Parkway, Suite 200, Oklahoma City, OK 73104. Phone: (405) 225‐9100.
Oregon Office of Degree Authorization, 1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401. Phone: (541) 687‐7478.
Oregon Department of Justice, 1515 SW 5th Ave., Suite 410, Portland, Oregon 97201. Phone: (971) 673-1880.
Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education, P.O. Box 1900, San Juan, PR 00910-1900. Phone: (787) 641-7100, ext. 2047.
Puerto Rico Department of Justice, P.O. Box 9020192, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902-0192.
Commissioner for Higher Education, Shepard Building, 80 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903. Phone: (401) 456-6000.
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, Academic Affairs and Licensing, 1122 Lady Street, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 29201. Phone (803) 737-2260.
South Dakota Office of Attorney General, Division of Consumer Protection, 1302 E Hwy 14 Suite 3, Pierre, SD 57501-8053. Phone: (605) 773-4400 or (800) 300-1986.
Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Division of Postsecondary School Authorization, Parkway Towers, Suite 1900, 404 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243-0830, Attn: Complaints. Phone: (615) 741-5293.
Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges, 101 East 15th Street, Room 226T, Austin, Texas 78778-0001. Phone: (512) 936-3100, Fax: (512) 936-3111.
Vermont Agency of Education, Legal Unit Administrator, 219 North Main Street, Suite 402, Barre, VT 05641. Phone: (802) 479-1111.
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, 101 N. 14TH St., 10TH FL, James Monroe Bldg., Richmond, VA 23219. Phone: (804) 371-2285.
Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, 128-10th Avenue SW, P.O. Box 43105, Olympia, WA 98504-3105. Phone: (360) 709-4642, Email: .
Washington State Office of the Attorney General, 1125 Washington Street SE, P.O. Box 40100, Olympia, WA 98504-0100. Phone: (360) 753-6200.
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, 1018 Kanawha Blvd E., Ste 700, Charleston, WV 25301-2800. Phone: (304) 558-2101, Fax: (304) 558-5719.
Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, 201 West Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Madison, WI 53703. Phone: (608) 266-1996, Email:
Wyoming Department of Education, 2300 Capitol Avenue, Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002-0050. Phone: (307) 777-7675.
Wyoming Attorney General, 123 Capitol Building, 200 W. 24th Street, Cheyenne, WY 82002. Phone: (307) 777-5833 or (800) 438-5799.
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In December 2002, Hawthorn received approval to operate programs in holistic nutrition from the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE), school code #48441699. 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 graduates of the DSC, MSHN, MHNE, and NC programs are eligible to sit for the board certification exam in holistic nutrition from the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB). Graduates of the MSTN program are also qualified for the NANP board certification exam if they complete two additional courses; MHNE 611 and HRB 1. For additional information visit the HNCB website.
A certificate in Nutrition from Hawthorn University credits our graduates with the highest professional standard. Graduates will be able to consult and teach health and self-care, research, and disseminate nutrition information. A certificate from Hawthorn University does not confer the right to diagnose, prescribe, treat symptoms, injury, or disease. Graduates from Hawthorn's Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program will have demonstrated expertise and proven ability in the field of Holistic Nutrition. States may have different requirements regarding your rights to practice as Nutrition Consultants. Contact your respective state authority for more information.
Graduates from Hawthorn's degree programs will have demonstrated expertise and proven ability in the field of Holistic Nutrition. States may have different requirements regarding your rights to practice as Nutrition Consultants. Contact your respective state authority for more information.
A degree program that is unaccredited or a degree from an unaccredited institution is not recognized for some employment positions, including, but not limited to, positions with the state of California and other states. Students enrolled at Hawthorn University are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Students who reside in California, can consult the CA state legislature at www.leginfo.ca.gov. For CA regulations regarding complementary and alternative health care practitioners; SB 577, go to http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/01-02/bill/sen/sb_0551-0600/sb_577_bill_20020923_chaptered.html. Students are advised to consult their respective legislative body for local regulations.
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