Federal Requirement for Class Time
A few changes that are effective Summer 2012 term are underway to meet a new federal requirement. The United States Department of Education is mandating that all college classes meet for a specified amount of time and that they have consistent expectations for student work outside of class. Our accrediting body (WASC) is mandated to monitor this and we must meet these expectations to maintain our accreditation. The expectation is:
- For every credit, a class will meet the equivalent of one hour in class each week, and students will work 2 hours outside of class each week, over a 15 week semester
- An hour is defined as “50 minutes”
- As an example, for a three-credit class, the class should meet for 3 hours per week for 15 weeks, and students should expect to work 6 hours each week outside of the class
Classes in our 8-week or 11-week schedules will need to add additional time to meet this new regulation, since the term is shorter than 15 weeks. Most 11-week classes will continue to meet for the same amount of face-to-face time and they will add professor-led activities each week through Blackboard to make up the additional time. This will become effective in our summer classes.Please contact Leanne Neilson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, if you have any questions about these changes.