Definition of a Credit Hour
The Federal Government’s definition of a credit hour is as follows: “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 clock hours per credit hour for out-of-class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks for one semester… ” (1)
Since CRC operates on a 16 week semester, a three credit hour class scheduled to meet on MWF for 50 minutes each session, results in a total of 150 minutes per week, or 2.5 clock hours per week, for a total of 40 hours per semester. In addition, students should expect to spend approximately two additional clock hours (per hour spent in the classroom) studying for exams, and/or completing other course related activities resulting in 80 additional out of class hours per semester. CRC is in agreement with this policy.
(1) 34 CFR 668.2