Credit Hour Definition

RCTC follows Minnesota State – System Procedure 3.36.1 (Academic Programs), subpart Q in defining a credit hour as follows:

1. An amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:

a. One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time, such as in distance learning environments; or

b. At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1.a.) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the system college or university including laboratory work, internships, practicums, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

2. Or, for a program that is subject to a clock/credit-hour conversion, the lesser of:

a. Clock hours in the credit-hour program divided by 37.5 clock hours of instruction or

b. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system approved credit hour.