4.9 - Definition of Credit Hours
The institution has policies and procedures for determining the credit hours awarded for courses and programs that conform to commonly accepted practices in higher education and to Commission policy..
Judgment of Compliance
The College certifies compliance.
Cleveland Community College has adopted procedures for determining the credit hours awarded for courses and programs which parallel commonly accepted practices in higher education and align with Commission policy. The College’s procedures correspond identically to the Carnegie Unit in higher education and apply to all courses, regardless of location or delivery method. In addition, the College utilizes the definition of a credit hour specified in the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges Code (1G SBCCC 100.1).
Cleveland Community College operates on an academic year basis, consisting of a fall, spring, and summer semester. Fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks in length, while the summer semester is 10 weeks in length. Within semesters, courses are offered in different lengths. For example, there are eight-week courses in the fall and spring semesters and five-week courses in the summer. Regardless of the length of the course, the required hours of classroom time to complete a course are the same.
Information regarding contact hours can be found in the Academic Bulletin and Student Handbook and is based on a 16-week semester. The College follows State Board of Community Colleges Code 1G SBCCC 100.1 to determine the appropriate number of credit hours for each course/program, which conforms to commonly accepted practices in higher education and SACSCOC policy:
- Credit of one semester hour is awarded for each 16 hours of class work.
- Credit of one semester hour is awarded for each 32 hours of experiential lab work.
- Credit of one semester hour is awarded for each 48 hours of faculty directed lab work.
- Credit of one semester hour is awarded for each 48 hours of clinical practice.
- Credit of one semester hour is awarded for each 160 hours of work experience such as cooperative education, practicums and internships.
CCC awards course credit only if a student earns a grade of “D” or higher in courses other than the following: a grade of "C" or higher is required for graduation in a degree program: ENG-111; ENG-112; COM-231 or another approved course; CIS-110 or another approved course, and MAT-143 or another approved math course. Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Fine Arts programs require a "C" or higher in every course.