Office of the Provost

 LCSC's Credit Hour Definition policy (Policy 2.127 Credit Hour Definition) defines and describes the term "credit hour".  The definitions used in the policy are based on historic Carnegie definitions, as noted in federal regulation and the  Northwest Commission on College and Universities Credit Hour Policy (https://www.uas.alaska.edu/provost/docs/academic_affairs/PolicyNWCCUCreditHour.pdf).

1.    A Credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student              achievement that reasonably approximates not less than:

     A.  One hour (50-60 minutes) 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 (15 hours per lecture credit); or

     B. At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic                                activities.  See Guidelines for Establishing Credit for Common Course Types below.

Credit Hour is further delineated in the table below.

                               Guidelines for Establishing Credit Hours for Common Course Types*

   1 contact/class hour= 50 - 60 minutes; Semester= 15 instructional weeks

*For courses that do not fit into one of the categories above, the Course Description and Syllabus will clearly describe how the general conditions for earning 1 credit will be met

COURSE TYPEContact hours per 1 credit hourStudent preparation hours (homework) per 1 credit hourMinimum Total weekly class + prep hours per 1 creditMinimum Total semester class + prep hours per 1 creditRatio (Total of contact + prep hours for 1 credit hour)
Lecture, Discussion, Seminar 1 2 3 45 3:1
Laboratory [self-contained = almost all work is completed during scheduled lab hours] 3 0 3 45 3:1
Laboratory [not self-contained = some work is expected outside scheduled lab hours] 2 1 3 45 3:1
Combined Lecture/Lab Lecture & Lab:  Combined contact hours and outside preparation will equal a minimum of 45 hours per semester per credit hour and will be differentiated and described (amount of lecture and amount of lab) in course syllabus 45 3:1
Physical Activity 2 0 2 30 2:1
Applied Music .5 2.5 3 45 3:1
Clinical, Internship, Practicum 3 in clinical, internship, or practicum setting variable 3 45 3:1
Fully Online Course Credit is established based on equivalency of content and learning outcomes to course types described above.
Hybrid (partially online, partially classroom-based) Scheduled contact hours may vary (announced in advance to students).  Credit is established based on equivalency of content and learning outcomes to courses types described above.
Directed or Independent Study Credit is established based on equivalency of content and learning outcomes to courses described above.