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Higher Ed in the News

Academic credit has no common set value

October 20, 2010

The "student hour" of weekly instruction over a semester, conceived in the early 20th century to gauge colleges' efficiency, still guides the assignment of credits to courses. But fewer undergraduates just sit through traditional lectures.

As colleges and universities expand educational experiences, federal regulators who are wary of credit inflation and the over-awarding of aid, have proposed an official definition of a "credit hour."

Higher-education leaders argue, however, that a strict standard of academic credit wouldn't guarantee quality of learning, and would threaten the variety and innovation that make colleges and universities in the United States so strong.


Read more in the Chronicle of Higher Education.