Credit Hours and Credit Load


The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has established rules for how community and technical colleges determine course credit hours. These rules are based on the type of instructor contact hours and the ratio of those hours to the number of weeks in a quarter. "Credit hours" are defined as the unit by which an institution measures its course work. The number of credit hours assigned to a course is defined by the number of hours per week in class and the number of hours per week in out of class preparation. Clark College uses these rules to establish credit hours assigned to each course offered by the College. Credit loads are determined based on the credit hours for which a student enrolls.

Credit ratios for five categories of instruction are:

Exceptions are noted in the quarterly schedule (some classes are not scheduled in the usual College class periods.)

Credit loads are defined under three categories as:

The credit load definitions do not apply to dual-enroll students.

This policy will be reviewed by Executive Cabinet according to the program review policy schedule.

New Policy/Procedure Approved by Executive Cabinet
August 27, 2013