FACULTY HANDBOOK

Summer Session

I. Central follows accreditation standards for undergraduate college courses. The standards specify that the normal lecture course will entail about two hours of preparation for each contact hour by the average student, and also will entail fourteen to fifteen contact hours for each semester hour of credit. This implies about forty-two hours of work per credit hour by the average student.

II. Definitions

A. One contact hour shall consist of fifty minutes of class time.

B. There should be no fewer than fourteen contact hours per semester credit hour. Courses with fewer contact hours will receive fractional credit on a prorated basis.

III. Guidelines

A. Four lecture or lecture-laboratory courses offered by Central, the semester hours of credit should not exceed the number of weeks for which the course is scheduled to meet.

B. For other than lecture or lecture-laboratory courses offered by Central, the semester hours of credit should not exceed one more than the number of weeks for which the course is scheduled to meet.

C. If a course is unable to meet the guidelines above because of conditions beyond the control of the department concerned (e.g., storm cancellations), it nevertheless shall be considered as meeting the standards.

D. Exceptions to these specifications may be granted by the Vice

President for Academic Affairs, who shall be guided in his decision by the extent to which the course in question meets the spirit of the standards given in paragraph I above.

E. If any apparent violation of the above guidelines is observed in the offerings of any department, it may be referred to the Committee on Academic Standards, care of the Watch Dog Committee.

IV. These guidelines shall be used for determining the credit awarded for courses transferred from other institutions. If the Admissions Office is asked to accept transfer credit which is known to involve contact hours of less than fifty minutes duration, it may do so at its own discretion.

V. These guidelines shall become effective as of September, 1981.