Credit Hour Policy
In accord with the Federal definition of a credit hour (as noted above), an hour of academic work (semester credit hour) is equivalent to fifty (50) minutes of direct faculty classroom instruction (often called a “contact hour”) each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester, or sixty (60) minutes of independent study work each week for the same period of time. Fifteen (15) contact hours of direct faculty classroom instruction (including the final exam period) by each student is required for each unit of credit (one credit hour). In addition, homework and/or other course assignments will require that an average student will engage in a minimum of two hours of homework for each hour spent in the classroom. The following standards establish the minimum requirements of an academic unit of credit:
It is understood that the hour requirements specified above represent minimums for average students.
This policy applies to all types of instruction, including but not limited to:
For items (1) through (8) above, and any other academic work leading to the award of credit hours, there must be documentation of the application of the policy.