Meeting the Credit Hour
It is a requirement of HLC accreditation that the syllabus for a class include information that indicates how the learning experiences of the course will meet the requirements of the credit hour policy.
The syllabus should state that one of the following credit hour measures is being used:
a. Traditional Carnegie Definition – One hour (i.e. 50 minutes) of classroom or direct faculty/instructor instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week over approximately 15 weeks, or an equivalent amount of engagement over a different number of weeks. This is the status quo and represents the traditional college credit format used for decades. If you have regular classroom meetings and assign homework, reading, writing, and preparation for quizzes and exams, make this choice.
b. 45 Hours Per Credit – One credit is the learning that takes place in at least 45 hours of learning activities, which include time in lectures or class meetings, in person or online, labs, exams, presentations, tutorials, reading, writing, studying, preparation for any of these activities, and any other learning activities. This option may be useful for nontraditional formats, “flipped” courses, lab courses, seminars, courses with substantial meeting time and little out-of-class work, or any time this is a better fit for learning activities than the Carnegie definition.
c. Demonstration of Equivalent Learning – This option is likely to rarely be used because it needs thorough documentation of learning as equivalent to what would be learned in the Carnegie credit format or 45-hour formats. Contact the Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning before using. One credit is established by a demonstration of student learning equivalent to what would be learned in a course with one of the other methods of determining credit.
*Note: Regular and substantive student-instructor interaction is always a requirement of UW-Madison for-credit learning activities.