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2.09 – Semester Credit Hour

A. Purpose

Establish the College’s policy of how semester credit hours are allocated to courses.

B. Policy

It is the policy of the College to align its definition of a semester credit hour with that
established by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education stated in the Credit
Transfer Guidelines policy and to comply with the federal requirement for a credit hour.

C. Procedures

A semester credit hour is an amount of work representing intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement from work both in and outside of the classroom.

A semester credit hour shall be calculated by utilizing the following guidelines:
A permanently transcribed instructional activity in which one semester credit hour is awarded shall consist of a minimum of seven hundred fifty (750) minutes of classroom experiences such as lecture, discussion, or similar instructional approaches; or a minimum of one thousand five hundred (1,500) minutes of such experiences as laboratory or equivalent experiences; or a minimum of two thousand two hundred fifty (2,250) minutes of clinical, practicum, internship, studio, or equivalent experiences. Each of the above time periods is exclusive of registration and final examination time.

Alternative teaching formats:
The amount of time to complete homework, research, writing, and testing required for online, hybrid, or other alternatively formatted courses will be the equivalent of the time and amount of similar work required for courses taught entirely on location.

D. Responsibilities

The Office of Academic Affairs will ensure appropriate academic calendars and course schedules are established to meet the time requirements to award designated credit hours. Academic divisions and departments, with final reporting to the Provost, will provide appropriate course content to support the learning outcomes required by the designated credit hours awarded. 

E. Definitions

1. Semester full-load

The minimum full-load per semester is defined as:
 Fall and Spring 12 credit hours
 Summer  6 credit hours

The maximum full-load per semester is defined as:
 Fall and Spring  21 credit hours
 Summer   10 credit hours

F. Authority

This policy is maintained under the authority of the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

G. Related Policies

2.10 Requirements for the Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
2.12 Credit by Exam (Test Out) 
2.13 Requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) 
2.16 Dual Credit Delivery Policy 
2.17 Requirements for the Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) 
2.18 Requirements for the Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree (A.A.T.) 
2.53 Online Education Program Policy 


H. Implementation

1. Policy approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees on 04/09/12.
2. Purpose, procedures, responsibilities and definitions approved and adopted by the Cabinet
on 03/16/12. Revised 10/08/13. Set for review on 03/16/17


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