NWCCU 2020 Standards 1.C.1, 1.C.5
Credit Courses must have defined learning outcomes and have established criteria for successful completion. Assessments will be used to evaluate attainment of outcomes. Credit courses must be applicable to a degree or certificate. Courses that are below 100-level may not always be applicable to a degree or certificate but may serve as a prerequisite for a course that is applicable to a degree or certificate.
New credit courses and any change in course credit or clock hours are recommended and approved via Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee (CASC) following the process outlined in AP-4020 Program and Curriculum Development. Credit is based on in-class or equivalent hours and student out-of-class work. Rogue Community College (RCC) operates in the quarter system, in which one credit is based on, or equivalent to, 30-36 hours of academic engagement. Specifically;
1. When equating clock or contact hours to credit hours, one credit in the following types of courses is represented by:
a. Lecture/Seminar (paid at lecture rate) – Lecture credits are awarded as 1 credit for 10 to 12 clock hours of instruction plus a minimum of 20 hours of out of-class student work. A syllabus, course outcomes, and qualified instructor are required.
b. Lecture/lab & Practicum (paid at lecture/lab rate) – Lecture/lab and Practicum credits are awarded at 1 credit for 20 to 26 clock hours of instruction plus a minimum of 10 hours of out-of-class student work.
Practicum offers a hands-on, real world experience where students are placed on site in a local business, service, or health organization to develop and/or practice skills related directly to their degree/certificate program. This is typically partner led, involves real patients and/or clients, and is designed or selected to provide specific experiences in support of the program learning outcomes. It is required by programs, has a course syllabus, specific outcomes, and direct faculty scheduling, observation and assessment (faculty support is available onsite).
c. Lab (paid at lecture/lab rate) – 30 to 36 clock hours of supervised instruction consisting of lab work in which a college instructor oversees and sets curriculum, but primary supervision may be by lab assistant or other employee as assigned.
d. Cooperative Education/CWE/Internship/Service Learning (paid at Block Time) – This credit is awarded at 30-36 clock hours per credit of supervised or semi-supervised instruction consisting of work experience in which a college instructor visits the work site periodically but primary supervision is from the employer or other individual contracted to provide the work experience. A course outline, learning objectives, and periodic site supervisor feedback is required.
This credit is often used to allow students to apply what they have learned in their classroom to a job or worksite. CWE serves two groups of students: employees who are working and want to apply new knowledge and skills on their job, and student interns who lack experience in their major. This credit if often assigned in the last term(s) of a program.
Service Learning combines community service with academic instruction, focusing on critical reflective thinking and personal and civic responsibility. Service Learning programs involve students in activities that address community-identified needs, while developing their academic skills and commitment to their community.
e. Independent Study – A minimum of 30 hours of student involvement equals one credit hour.
Rescinds Procedure Number: AP-110
Approved: January 7, 2020
Accreditation reference updated January 28, 2020