What’s in a college credit?

What’s in a college credit? The Education Department’s proposed definition relies on a “butt in chair” standard instead of learning outcomes, writes Julie Margetta Morgan, a policy analyst at the Center for American Progress.

Linking credits to learning instead of seat time is important for students learning online.

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  1. A miracle has occurred.

    Self-described “progressives” do not often advocate against the interests of college faculty. Credit-by-exam, on demand, for the cost of grading exams, would decimate (but more like nine in ten than one in ten) the post-secondary credential racket.

    Cato’s Neal McClusky and I went a couple of rounds over this issue. I could not see his objection. He observes that Federal acceptance of degrees gained through credit by exam would devastate brick-and-mortar independent colleges as well State colleges, to which I respond: So? Couldn’t happen to a more deserving group of … people.

  2. The Education Department’s policy defends the current system against “virtual” schools and against credit-by-exam. If the US K-Ph.D. school system is not an employment program for dues-paying members of the NEA/AFT/AFSCME cartel, a source of padded contracts for politically-connected insiders, and a venue for State-worshipful indoctrination, why cannot any student take, at any time, an exam for any class required for graduation?

    If it is fraud for a mechanic to charge for the repair of a functional motor and if it is fraud for a physician to charge for the treatment of a healthy patient, then it is fraud for a teacher, school, or school district to charge for the instruction of a student who does not need our help.

  3. tim-10-ber says:

    Hmmm…you can take the AP exam without taking the test. I agree…why not be able to test out of any class — K-12 or college and beyond?

  4. Seems as if Malcolm advocates training rather than education. He’s also advocating nationalizing all education up through college level. Nice. Also stupid.

  5. Why is instruction “education” if the student must kiss the …toes… of a dues-paying member of the NEA/AFT cartel and “training” if an apprentice learns from a journeyman? Why does classtime count as “education” while couch-time at home with the same book not qualify?