Credit Hour Policy

Credit Hour Policy

One credit hour is defined as that which reasonably approximates a minimum of 50 minutes of instructional activity involving direct contact of faculty with students. For example, a three-credit-hour lecture course would typically need to meet the equivalent of three 50-minute blocks each week, for a total of 2,250 minutes per semester.

Consistent with USDOE and HLC, a credit hour represents the amount of work governed by intended and clearly identified student learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is the equivalent of 1) 50 minutes of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out of classroom work completed independently by the student, 2) 50 minutes of online, faculty-directed instruction and a minimum of two hours ‘off-line’ work completed independently by the student, or 3) 50 minutes of faculty-directed instruction through the format of lab work, internships, hands-on practica experience, and a minimum of two hours of additional academic work.