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1. The Art program establishes credit hours for courses in congruence with the policy of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, “Credit Hour” policy statement http://www.sacscoc.org/pdf/081705/Credit%20Hours.pdf ; the University Credit Hour Policy in the Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP), Part II, Section 1.2 /docs/default-source/utpb-docs/pdf/hop/part_ii.pdf?sfvrsn=2 ; and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Handbook 2012-2013, III. A. 2. Awarding Credit. 
 
2. Definition of a Semester Credit Hour
A semester credit hour is an academic unit earned for fifteen to sixteen 50 minute sessions of classroom instruction with a normal expectation of two hours of outside study for each class session.  Typically, a three semester credit hour course meets three 50-minute sessions per week for fifteen weeks for a total of 45 sessions.

Credit for other kinds of academic requirements or offerings that are in different formats, use different modes of delivery or are structured to take a different amount of time is computed using the credit hour as defined by a lecture course as the basis. Credit hours earned are proportional to a Carnegie unit in terms of the levels of knowledge, competence and understanding expected of students during the fall or spring semester. In all cases, faculty contact must be sufficient to ensure the development of knowledge and skills required by each course. 

3. Semester Credit Hours for Art Courses
a.
Studio Courses (6 hours/per week)
One credit hour is associated with a class meeting for 2 hours per week. Each hour of class time requires a minimum of one hour of preparation or other out-of-class coursework. Studio class time includes demonstrations, presentations, problem solving, instructor-led skill development and critique.

b. Art History  and Art Appreciation Courses (3 hours/per week)
Art History courses meet for 3 hours per week and credit is earned for fifteen 50 minute sessions of classroom instruction with a normal expectation of two hours of outside study for each class session.

c. Online Courses
Online courses must also meet the equivalent of fifteen to sixteen 50 minute sessions for one semester credit hour.  Online courses meeting for 8 weeks instead of fifteen to sixteen weeks must maintain the same number of instructional minutes as those meeting semester length requirements.  Syllabi for all online courses are constructed carefully by faculty to ensure the rigor of the course and the student learning outcomes are equivalent to those in sections of the same course offered in the traditional classroom setting.

d. Independent Study Courses
Time spent completing study and research is part of an agreement for earning a specific number of units.  The time commitment of the student may be distributed between written assignments, research, presentations, and other activities appropriate for the subject matter and level of the course.  Students completing work in such courses in all cases must acquire knowledge, competence, and understanding comparable to that expected of students completing work in a standard time period.

e. Study Abroad Courses
Study Abroad courses combine faculty-led field experiences and classroom instruction.  It is typical to replace up to half of the classroom hours with field experience (at least two hours experience for every hour in class).  In addition, students spend at least one hour per week per credit hour in non-classroom and non-field activities.  Students completing work in such courses in all cases must acquire knowledge, competence, and understanding comparable to that expected of students completing work in a standard time period.

4. Ensuring Compliance with Credit Hour Policies
a.
The appropriateness of credit hour assignments is decided by the Faculty Senate upon recommendation of the University Curriculum Committee for all new courses and course changes. Disciplines may appeal the decision of the Faculty Senate by presenting educational justification for departures from these policy provisions to the President who is responsible for their final interpretation.

b. The area coordinators, department chair and dean monitor all courses to ensure that courses comply with the credit hour policy.