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5.2 CREDIT, CLASSIFICATION, ACADEMIC STANDARDS, LOADS

5.2.1 CREDIT HOURS

Course proposals shall use the Office of the Provost’s approved policy for determining meeting times and number of credit hours for each course. Exceptions, based on academic merit, may be made by the Office of the Provost upon the recommendation of the college dean. Equivalencies on the grid will be reviewed annually by the Office of the Provost.

In general, undergraduate courses are developed so that one (1) semester hour of credit represents one (1) hour of classroom meeting per week for a semester, exclusive of any laboratory meeting. Laboratory meeting, generally, represents at least two (2) hours per week for a semester for one (1) credit hour.

Credit for short courses of less than eight (8) weeks shall be limited to no more than one (1) credit hour per week.

5.2.1.1 ACCELERATED PROGRAMS

The College Board College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Subject and General Examinations, the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations, the American College Testing Program Proficiency Examination Program (PEP) Subject Examinations, International Baccalaureate (IB) Program Examinations and courses evaluated by the American Council on Education, for which credit recommendations are made under the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS), are recognized as appropriate credit for meeting degree requirements. College Faculties and/or department Faculties representing the discipline shall determine and publish appropriate cut-off scores for the CLEP, AP, PEP and IB examinations and report them to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Office of the University Registrar. No AP, CLEP or IB credit hours shall be letter graded. Rather, all such earned credit hours shall be shown on the student’s academic record as course credit (CR).

No more than half of the credit toward an undergraduate degree may be earned by any combination of CLEP Examinations, PEP Examinations, NCCRS courses, Special Departmental Examinations, AP Examinations and IB Examinations.