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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

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Credit Hour Policy

Effective Date: June 04, 2015
Policy Number: 1305

Hutchinson Community College Credit Hour Policy

The amount of credit assigned to each course is appropriate for the skills, knowledge, and course competencies. When allocating credit hours to courses and programs, Hutchinson Community College refers to the Federal Definition of Credit Hour (33 CFR 600.2), Kansas Board of Regents Policy, and the Kansas Administrative Regulations (88-26-4).

Hutchinson Community College’s Time-Based Standard

A college semester is defined as 15 weeks of instruction and one week allocated for final exams.

  • Lecture courses must meet for a minimum of 750 minutes per credit hour, plus time allocated for a final exam.
  • Laboratory courses, including those in technical programs, must meet for a minimum of 1,125 minutes per credit hour. Laboratory courses are ones in which students predominantly are involved in experimentation or application learning activities.
  • Practicum and internship courses must meet for a minimum of 2,700 minutes per credit hour.
  • Courses meeting fewer weeks will still meet the minimum minute per credit hour requirement.
  • Clinical courses will meet the minimum required by the respective professional accrediting or regulatory agency, but may not be less than the minimum required for practicum and internship courses as defined above.
  • The number of credit hours allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid course 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 with this being verified by evidence of student achievement data.
  • Directed independent study courses must complete a contract that clearly specifies time necessary to complete, description of the project, meetings with the instructor, and methods for evaluation. A time log must be maintained that documents amount of time the student spends with each portion of the course detailing date, activity, and time spent on activity. The minimum required minutes per credit hour must be recorded in the log.  
  • Courses meeting at an arranged time between the instructor and the student follow the syllabus. A time log must be maintained that documents amount of time the student spends with each portion of the course detailing date, activity, and time spent on activity. The minimum required minutes per credit hour must be recorded in the log.
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