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Agenda Item FA 19-05

Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee

Definition of Credit Hour Revision

02/07/19: Passed

02/13/19: Approved

Definition of Credit Hour Revision

(https://www.unf.edu/committee/unffa/LegislativeCalendar/2013-2014/March/FA_14-07.aspx)

Rationale: 

UNF recognizes established practices on scheduled instructional time or equivalent per credit hour and the Federal definition and Carnegie unit recommendations. The procedure described here applies to any course or section that does not meet the requisite contact hours delineated in 2.081P and ensures that equivalent workload is documented, approved by appropriate academic units, and is duly recorded by the Registrar’s office. This procedure is established and administered by the Registrar’s office in consultation with the Faculty Association Academic Standards Committee and additionally discussed and provide input by the Academic Programs Committee.

Justification:

This major revision of the policy with the underline and deletion will also be applied to the Distance Learning Course and hybrid or blended course as well. 

Policies & Regulations Academic Affairs

 

 I.   OBJECTIVE & PURPOSE

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.

 

 

 II.  STATEMENT OF POLICY

For the purposes of course scheduling and fFor courses taught in a traditional classroom format, a credit hour is represented in terms of contact minutes or contact hours, and direct instruction is operationalized per scheduled classroom contact., Aa 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.

 

UNF uses Section 1009.24(17)(a) of the Florida Statute which defines Aa distance learning course isas a course in which at least 80 percent of the direct instruction of the course is delivered using some form of technology where the student and instructor are separated by time or space, or both.. . The definition of Distance Learning Course is taken verbatim from paragraph (a) of subsection (17) of section 1009.24, Florida Statutes (2009), as proposed by the Florida Distance Learning Task Force in its Final Report of February 26, 2009.  In these casesFor distance learning courses a credit hour is normally granted for completion of at least 50 minutes of online instruction and/or course work per week for 15 weeks and a minimum of 2 hours per week for 15 weeks of out-of-class student work, or equivalent time per semester.

 

UNF defines A hybrid or blended course isas a course in which at least 50 percent and not more than 79 percent of the direct instruction of the course is delivered using some form of technology where the student and instructor are separated by time or space, or both (Adopted from the Florida Distance Learning Task Force’s Final Report of February 2009). This definition of Hybrid/Blended Course is taken verbatim from the Florida Distance Learning Task Force’s Final Report of February 26, 2009. In these cases For hybrid or blended courses a credit hour is normally granted for completion of at least 50 minutes of classroom and/or online instruction and/or course work per week for 15 weeks and a minimum of 2 hours per week for 15 weeks of out-of-class student work, or equivalent time per semester.


Alternatively, a credit hour may be granted for at least an equivalent amount of work as required in the previous paragraphs for other academic activities or instructional modes of delivery. For any course that does not meet the requisite contact hours delineated above, equivalent workload will be documented using a procedure established and administered by the Registrar’s office in consultation with the Faculty Association. This process will take place and be completed prior to the registration period for the given semester and will require a description of the equivalent workload, . such as distance education, hybrid courses, laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and/or other academic work leading to the award of the credit hours for the class. The equivalent workload description will be approved by the appropriate department Chair, college Dean (or designee), and the Provost (or designee). Documentation of the approved equivalent workload will be retained by the registrar’s office with a copy provided to the department. Failure to secure a fully approved plan for equivalent workload prior to the registration period will result in the cancellation of the class.


 (DRAFT - Procedure to Implement Policy 2.0810P)