1.7.1 Credit Hours

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Chapter 1: Organization

1.7.1 Assignment of Credit Hours


Related MnSCU Board Policy: None.
Related MnSCU Board Procedure: 3.36.1 Academic Programs
Purpose:  To ensure Normandale Community College’s assignment of credit hours is consistent with the federal definition of the credit hour and conforms to commonly accepted practices in higher education.  This procedure outlines the steps to comply with NCC’s policy 1.7 on assignment of credit hours.
Part 1: Definitions 
 

The credit hour definitions apply to all courses, regardless of delivery mode, consistent with NCC’s policy 1.7 on assignment of credit hours.

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Part 2: Course Credit Assignments 

Each new credit course shall be brought through the curriculum approval process of the Academic Affairs and Standards Council (AA&SC) using the Course Proposal Form.  This form is available in the Forms section on the Employee Portal. 

Each course proposal shall include the number of credits requested as well as the number of hours per week for lecture, and the number of hours per week for labs, clinical rotations, and studio where applicable. 

Each course proposal shall also include a Common Course Outline (CCO) with specified content to be covered and learning outcomes.  Credits requested shall conform to the federal credit hour definition as specified in Part 1: Subpart A of NCC’s Policy 1.7 on assignment of credit hours. 

All recommendations of the Council are forwarded to the President for final approval.

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Part 3: Implementation
 

Subpart A: Dissemination of information to faculty
All recommendations of the Council are recorded in the AA&SC meeting minutes and posted to the Employee Portal. All faculty are expected to be up to date with changes in the CCOs in their program area.
It is the responsibility of the dean or designee (e.g., faculty chair) to direct new faculty members to the Common Course Outline (CCO). All faculty are expected to follow the CCO in developing and delivering their courses.

 

Subpart B: Dissemination of information to students
Common course outlines shall be available to students through the College Web site.

 

Subpart C: Delivery of Courses
Decisions about delivery mode (i.e., accelerated, hybrid, online, and directed study) are made by the dean in consultation with faculty. These decisions are made when each semester schedule is developed. All faculty teaching the same course are expected to address, at minimum, the learning outcomes identified in the Common Course Outline, regardless of delivery mode. 
Decisions about internships are made by the dean in consultation with department faculty and the Office of Experiential Learning. These decisions are made when each semester schedule is developed.


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