Credit hours

State Definitions

From Oregon's Office of Community College and Workforce Development Community College Handbook, Glossary (with Oregon Administrative Rule citation)

Lecture: An instructional setting in which the instructor delivers information. (OAR 589-006-0050)

Lecture or Laboratory (Lecture or Lab): An instructional setting in which the instructor gives short presentations and supervises student application of content. Instructional methods are integrated, and lecture and lab are dependent upon each other for the student's educational success. (OAR 589-006-0050) Also known as Lecture-Lab format.

Laboratory (Lab): An instructional setting in which students work independently with the instructor available and in the instructional area for assistance and supervision. (OAR 589-006-0050)

From Oregon's Office of Community College and Workforce Development Community College Handbook, Course Definitions

Credits and Clock/Contact Hours

The award of course credit is a local college issue. However, if awarded, it must adhere to the following ratios or to equivalent student learning outcomes. The number of clock or contact hours required to generate one credit per quarter term:

Generating One Credit

Lecture 10-12 hours/term
Lab 30-36 hours/term
Lecture/Lab 20-24 hours/term
Physical Education Activity Course 30-36 hours/term
Recitation 10-12 hours/term
Cooperative Work Experience Seminar 10-12 hours/term
Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) 30-36 hours/term

Clock/Contact hours is defined as one clock (or contact) hour that is 60 minutes long. No more than 10 minutes of each hour can be used for a regularly scheduled break or passing period. OAR 589-006-0050(11), Appendix A1

The credit requirements of courses and programs should be manageable for students allowing them to successfully complete program requirements within a reasonable period of time. There is a 108 credit mandatory cap on the maximum number of credits required for an associate degree or certificate of completion program. OAR 589-006-0100(7), Appendix A2.

FTE Guidelines

Federal Definitions

From the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations, Title 34, Subtitle B, Chapter VI, Part 600, Sub part A, 600.2 Definitions:

Credit hour: Except as provided in 34 CFR 668.8(k) and (l), 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 not less than

(1) 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 trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or

(2) At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.