Credit hours refers to the units or credits earned by a student for the successful completion of a course at CGU. These are the units recorded on the student's official transcript and the same units that are counted toward degree requirements or qualifications for certificates.
The standard for credit hours is set by federal regulations governing eligibility for and the disbursement of financial aid. 34 CFR Section 668.2 refers to 12 semester hours for institutions that measure progress in credit hours and use a standard semester term. Standards are essentially the same for graduate and undergraduate education since the two are differentiated by the level of study and not the number of hours devoted to study.
For CGU courses, a single unit or credit is determined by 10.5 hours of direct instructor contact in a classroom activity per semester. When creating and scheduling courses, departments and programs must be careful to ensure that scheduled class meeting times meet or exceed the following requirements based upon the 10.5 hours per unit rule. A standard semester at CGU is 16 weeks in the Fall and Spring.
Units - Hours - Minutes
1.0 - 10.5 - 630
2.0 - 21.0 - 1,260
3.0 - 31.5 - 1,890
4.0 - 42.0 - 2,520
Note that departments and programs that follow the schedule of standard meeting times established and published in the Call for Courses meet the requirements of the institution's definition of credit hours.
Run the PeopleSoft query SR_CLASS_CREDIT_HOURS and compare the Total Minutes calculated by the report to the Units Earned column. Comparisons should meet or exceed the totals illustrated in the table above.
Some cautionary notes about the results delivered by the PeopleSoft report.
It is important that for all courses that do not meet the required minimum meeting times, the offering department or program must have a reasonable rationale to justify the awarding of the indicated credits. Such reasons may include the expectation of a minimum number of hours of individual research, internship, or other activity.