POLICY 401 Credit Hours
Semester: KGI is on the semester system. Each semester (Fall/Spring) is approximately 15 weeks.
Credit Hour: Except as provided in 34 CFR 668.8(k) and (l), a credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:
Classroom hours: class or supervised meeting times for lecture, exams, or classroom discussion.
Non-classroom hours: supervised or non-supervised student work out of class.
Total work hours: Combined classroom and non-classroom hours. Instructors may reasonably adjust the classroom and non-classroom work hours, but the total work hours must remain consistent.
II. Credit Hours Policy
All full-time students at KGI are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits per semester. In order to be considered full-time for purposes of federal financial aid, graduate students must be enrolled in at least 12 credits per semester. (The one exception is the PhD program: to be considered full-time, PhD students must be enrolled in 10.5 semester credits per term). In order to be considered half-time, graduate students must be enrolled in at least six credits per semester.
KGI awards credits in accord with the following criteria: for each 1 credit, a course meets for 1 hour per week in a 15 week semester, as further defined in Section III below. For example, a three credit course is expected to have a total of 45 contact hours and 90 hours of student work outside of class per semester. KGI offers 1.5, 3 and 6 credit courses as outlined below.
The following represent KGI course credit hour calculations:
Expected Total Work Hours
III. Credit hours are granted for various types of instruction as follows