Credit Hour Standards

Determining Course Credit Hours

The unit of reckoning credit is the semester 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 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 activities as established by an institution, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading toward the award of credit hours. 34CFR600.2 (11/1/2010)

Credit hours for courses offered by Henderson State University are set based on the definitions above and determined by the academic department responsible for each course. Faculty determinations concerning credit hours are approved by institutional curriculum committees and ultimately by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. 

For information concerning the awarding of transfer credits please see the transfer credit section of this catalog