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Goodbye to the credit hour?

November 4, 2003


Its used to determine a specific time frame for graduating, faculty salaries and how much public money an institution receives, but some academic experts are saying the credit hour should go the way of the dodo, according to the Associated Press.

With more students taking online courses, developing independent study programs and transferring credit among institutions, these experts are calling for more flexibility in measuring students work.
November 4, 2003


It's used to determine a specific time frame for graduating, faculty salaries and how much public money an institution receives, but some academic experts are saying the credit hour should go the way of the dodo, according to the Associated Press.

With more students taking online courses, developing independent study programs and transferring credit among institutions, these experts are calling for “more flexibility in measuring students' work.”

Jane Wellman and Thomas Ehrlich, authors of “How the Student Credit Hour Shapes Hour Education,” argue that “competency” rather than time should be used to measure learning. For example, at the New College of Florida, students create and sign an annual “academic contract” of course work they agree to fulfill rather than relying on the standard grading system.

However, the school's president was quoted as saying that the new system required discipline and “isn't for everyone.”
—Rebecca Mackey