Definition of Credit Hour

Texas A&M University-Kingsville defines a credit hour in accordance with federal regulation, the Texas Administrative Code, and standards set by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The university has procedures in place that conform to accepted practices for determining the amount and level of credit awarded for courses regardless of format or mode of delivery, including but not limited to, self-paced, online, hybrid, laboratory, seminar, internships, and lecture. 

The minimum amount of time for a one-credit-hour course per semester equals 50 minutes per week for 15 weeks of engaged learning plus one week for final examinations or other methods of assessment. A credit hour is an amount of work represented by intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement, for the various modes of instruction offered at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Therefore, a 3 semester-credit-hour course contains at least 45 hours of engaged learning time (i.e. instruction/student engagement/educational experience).

The university has a formal faculty review process (undergraduate/graduate curriculum committees at department/unit, college and university levels) to ensure that the amount and level of credit awarded for the undergraduate and graduate courses are compatible with sound academic practice in the given field. Non-traditional courses (hybrid, online, shortened semester) that do not meet the face-to-face contact hour requirements, may be offered after the completion of a comprehensive formal faculty review to determine the equivalent learning outcomes of traditionally delivered courses (face-to-face). Delivery methods, measurements of student work, academic calendars, disciplines, and degree levels are taken into consideration in determining the amount of work the learning outcomes will involve.