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Credit HoursFederal guidelines adopted in July 2011 require that a credit hour must reasonably approximate the learning outcomes achieved in not less than one hour of direct faculty instructional contact with two hours of out-of-class work, per week, for each week of a fifteen week term. Institutions may establish equivalencies that approximate this standard to allow for distance learning and other learning activities (such as laboratories, practica, internships, etc). UW-Madison's Divisional Executive Committees have established credit hour policies that conform with these well-established conventions,
Thus, "credit hours" are a mechanism that can be used to measure the amount of instruction delivered each academic term, since it measures the number of hours of direct instructional contact for a given course, when multiplied by the number of students enrolled in that course during the term under consideration.