Definition of a Credit Hour

A credit hour is 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:

  1. Not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours 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, or
  2. At least an equivalent amount of work as required outlined in item 1 above for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.


Academic Calendar

Because we understand the importance of family, work, and other commitments, we offer flexible class schedules for both the online and onsite College of Adult & Graduate Studies degree options. Undergraduate courses are typically five weeks in length, while graduate courses are usually six weeks in length. Students enroll in groups called cohorts and progress through the programs taking consecutive courses together year round, except for major holidays. The calendar year begins on July 1st, and is categorized into three semesters--Summer, Fall, and Spring--with each semester comprised of 16 weeks. The semester in which a course is categorized depends upon the course start date.