Credit Hour Policy and Practice
UH Hilo's credit hour policy conforms to the credit hour expectations of the US Department of Education, WASC, and the University of Hawaii system. The campus policy is posted here and on the UH Hilo academic policies page. Implementation of all aspects of the policy, including review of courses, will occur in the coming academic year.
View documentation of UH Hilo's credit hour policy and practices on the Accreditation website.
The WASC credit hour policy complies with federal regulations effective July 1, 2011, Sections 600.2 and 600.24, including the following definition of the credit hour:
A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement 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 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
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, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.
The UH system Executive Policy E5.228 complies with WASC credit hour policy: it provides that a credit hour
A. Is associated with an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement
B. Reasonably approximates but is not less than
- One hour of class or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks for one semester or the equivalent amount of work over a different period of time.
- At least an equivalent amount of work for other academic activities such as online instruction, laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work and other work that earns academic credit.
Updated June 2013-- AKS