New Credit Hour Policy effective as of Sept. 1, 2017
The Credit Hour Policy was developed by the Academic Senate’s Educational Policy Committee (EPC) in response to a requirement from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) that each institution it accredits provide a reasonable and transparent formula describing how course credits are awarded and is consistent with WSCUC’s Credit Hour Policy.
For classroom‐based courses, 1 unit is equivalent to 1 hour of classroom time and 2 hours of outside preparation per week during the 10‐week quarter.
Classroom time is the number of class contact hours required each week and may include an instructor‐led lecture, discussion, or seminar.
As an example, a 4‐unit course should have a minimum of 4 hours of classroom or direct faculty instruction or instructor‐led discussion (e.g. 3 hours of lecture and a 1 hour discussion section) and 8 hours of outside preparation each week.
Please visit Academic Senate for more information.