SCU adheres to the federal definition of a credit hour:
(1) one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or (2) at least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other activities as established by an institution, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading toward to the award of credit hours. 34CFR 600.2 (11/1/2010)
A one credit hour course must include 800 minutes of direct contact with the instructor. This interaction may occur synchronously or asynchronously through a variety of means including, but not limited to: internet, broadcasting, audio conferencing, recorded lecture/instruction content.
Faculty submit a course audit to the academic dean a minimum of 30 days prior to the first day of the course that documents direct instructional time. This audit will be kept as part of the University assessment records for that course. The audit should only be resubmitted thereafter in the event of a significant change in the direct contact method or change in the faculty member who teaches the course.
Drafted on: Provost Approved, 4/13/15
Policy Revised: Adoption of Course Audit, April 2012
Increase target instructional time from 120 to 135 hours, March 2014
Approved by Dean’s Council, 4/13/15