Arkansas Tech University credit hour policy
Arkansas Tech University's standards for establishing the institutional academic calendar and determining the amount of credit awarded for all courses are designed to meet or exceed U.S. Department of Education 1, Arkansas Department of Higher Education2 3,and Higher Learning Commission policy requirements4.
Definition of a Credit Hour
For all ATU Degree programs and courses bearing academic credit, the "credit hour" is defined as "the amount of work represented in inteded learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student acheivement 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 hours of
out-of-class student work each week for approzimately 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
- At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution, including laboratory work, internships, practicums, studio work, clinical work and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours."
One hour of classroom instruction is no less than 50 minutes. In courses, such as those offered online, in which face-to-face seat-time does not apply, a credit hour may be measured by an eqivalent amount of work, as demonstrated by student achievement.
Note: The primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with the Credit Hour Policy is the faculty and academic Department Heads within each college under the supervision of the respective academic dean.