Give credit for learning, not seat time, argues a new report. As more students learn online at their own pace, the credit hour’s day is ending.
College leaders fear intrusive regulation unless they find ways to show students are learning.
Also on Community College Spotlight: At a House subcommittee hearing, higher education leaders speak out against proposed Education Department regulations that define a credit hour by “seat time.”
What’s a credit worth? Traditionally, professors decide how much credit to award. The U.S. Education Department’s definition of the credit hour is “misguided,” argues the American Council on Education. The new rule could affect student loan eligibility for online programs, colleges with flexible scheduling, work-study programs and other alternatives.