Policies & Procedures
280.00 CREDIT HOUR DEFINITION
The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college. As such, the college shall utilize and adhere to the following :
- A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended
learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that
is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates
not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and
a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately
fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount
of work over a different amount of time.
- The college shall record one semester hour of credit
for any student attending a lecture class if the student has made satisfactory
progress in the class and the class consists of at least 750 minutes
of class instruction, plus time allowed for a final examination. The
college shall record one semester hour of credit for any student attending
a laboratory class if the student has made satisfactory progress in
the class and the class consists of at least 1,125 minutes. The college
shall record one semester hour of credit for any student who completes
a minimum of 2,700 minutes in on-the-job training, internships, practica,
studio work or clinical experiences in health occupations.
- The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each
distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the
college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course
outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.
- This Board policy shall be publicly available on the college website, catalog and all course procedures.