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Federal Requirement 4.9
Definition of Credit Hour

16. The institution has policies and procedures for determining the credit hours awarded for courses and programs that conform to commonly accepted practices in higher education and to Commission policy.

Judgment of Compliance:

Compliance

Narrative/Justification for Judgment of Compliance:


Florida Gateway College (FGC) awards credit hours for courses and programs in accordance with FGC District Board of Trustees (DBOT) Policy 6Hx12:04-17 [1], Postsecondary Credit Definition. Credit hours awarded for courses and programs are based on Florida Administrative Code Rule (FAC) 6A-10.033 [2]. The same state mandated standards apply to all upper and lower division courses regardless of mode of delivery. The college adheres to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Credit Hour Policy [3].

Credit is a unit of measure assigned to courses or course equivalent learning. The types of postsecondary credit authorized are:

  1. College Credit. College credit is the type of credit assigned by Florida College System institutions to courses or course equivalent learning that is part of an organized and specified program leading to a baccalaureate, associate degree, certificate, or Applied Technology Diploma pursuant to the stipulations in subsections 6A-14.030(5)-(8), F.A.C. One (1) college credit is based on the learning expected from the equivalent of fifteen (15) fifty-minute periods of classroom instruction; with credits for such activities as laboratory instruction, internships, and clinical experience determined by the institution based on the proportion of direct instruction to the laboratory exercise, internship hours, or clinical practice hours.
    1. Lower division college credit. Lower division college credit is assigned to college credit courses offered to freshmen and sophomores (1000 and 2000 level courses).
    2. Upper division college credit. Upper division college credit is assigned to college credit courses offered to juniors and seniors (3000 and 4000 level courses).
  2. Clock Hour. A clock hour is the unit assigned to courses or course equivalent learning that is part of an organized and specified program leading to a Career and Technical Certificate or Applied Technology Diploma pursuant to the stipulations in subsections 6A-14.030(6), (9), F.A.C. It applies to postsecondary adult career courses as defined in Section 1004.02(26), F.S. One (1) clock hour is based on the learning expected from the equivalent of thirty (30) hours of instruction. For purposes of Title IV Student Aid Programs under the Higher Education Act, colleges should defer to Title 34 Section 688 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
  3. Developmental credit. Developmental credit is the type of credit assigned by Florida College System institutions to courses that provide degree seeking students who wish to enroll in college credit courses with additional academic preparation determined to be needed pursuant to Rule 6A-10.0315, F.A.C. One (1) developmental credit is based on the learning expected from the equivalent of fifteen (15) fifty-minute periods of classroom instruction. Developmental courses provide competency-based instruction to develop college entry competencies in the communication and computation skills described in Rule 6A-10.0319, F.A.C.
  4. Institutional credit. Institutional credit is postsecondary credit that is competency-based. Institutional credit is not guaranteed to automatically transfer.
  5. Noncredit. Noncredit is a term indicating that credit, as defined herein, is not awarded. It applies to the instructional classifications of noncredit continuing education, adult general education, citizenship, recreational, community education, and community instructional services. The unit of measure is hours of instruction.

The college publishes credit hour definitions in the FGC catalog [4]. The postsecondary credit definition policy and procedure is accessible on the college website [5].

The Educational Affairs Committee [6] reviews curriculum development which includes new and revised courses. Each course is submitted to the college’s District Board of Trustees (DBOT) for approval. Proposed courses are matched with courses listed in the Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS) [7] and submitted to the state for approval. Florida Statute 1007.24 [8] describes SCNS which provides oversight for all courses offered by the Florida College System. This ensures common practices by the Florida College System when awarding and determining credit.

Distance learning courses adhere to the same policy for determining credit hours as all other courses. An online course and a traditional course with the same course number and description are equivalent in the amount of work for a credit hour. A syllabus for an Introduction to Humanities course in a traditional [9] setting and online [10] is provided.

[1] FGC DBOT Policy 6Hx12:04-17 - Postsecondary Credit Definition
[2] Florida Administrative Code 6A-10.033 - Postsecondary Credit Definitions
[3] SACSCOC Credit Hour Policy
[4] Credit Policies Definition Catalog
[5] Policy and Procedures on FGC Website
[6] Educational Affairs Committee Purpose
[7] SCNS Website
[8] Florida Statute 1007.24 Statewide Course Numbering System
[9] HUM 2020 Syllabus – Traditional
[10] HUM 2020 Syllabus - Online
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