The University is preparing for our 5th
year SACS review. Our 5th
year interim report is due in March of 2015.
SACS requires the
following for section 4.9 of our 5th year report:
- A definition of the
Credit Hour used by the institution
- A description of the
processes and criteria used to calibrate documented student learning
to the amount of academically engaged time for the typical student.
- An explanation of when
do we differ/diverge from common practice, how, and why?
According to SACS “The Fifth‐Year
Follow Up Report addresses issues identified at the completion of the
institution’s last visiting committee review that required monitoring for
verification of continued compliance with a standard.”
As a member of the Institutional Effectiveness Committee,
Faculty Association President has been tasked with assisting complete section
4.9 of the report dealing with UNF’s definition of credit hours.
FA President Gordon Rakita asked the Academic Standards Committee to develop a
credit-hour definition and provided the committee with a variety of documents
to aid in the process. Additionally, the Academic Programs Committee was also
asked to provide input. After discussion with the Academic Programs Committee
members, the Committee determined that the process and criteria used to
calibrate documented student learning to the amount of academically engaged
time for the typical student, and the language should be established at the
College level, given the specific expertise required for each discipline.
The Academic Standards committee to develop a UNF credit
hour definition. The Committee
considered all information and unanimously adopted and approved the definition
Definition of the Credit-Hour
In defining a credit hour, UNF recognizes established
practices on scheduled instructional time or equivalent per credit hour and the
Federal definition and Carnegie unit recommendations.
courses taught in a traditional classroom format, a credit hour is normally
granted for completion of at least one 50 minute session of classroom
instruction per week for 15 weeks, or the equivalent time per semester, and a
minimum of 2 hours per week for 15 weeks of out-of-class student work, or the
equivalent time per semester.
2. Alternatively, a credit hour may be granted for
at least an equivalent amount of work as required in item 1 above for other
academic activities or instructional modes of delivery, such as distance
education, hybrid courses, laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work,
and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.