Academic Resources

Credit Hour Definition

Newbury College, as a recipient of Federal Title IV Funds, is subject to many federal regulations, including the very significant federal definition of a credit hour. Newbury College is firmly committed to meeting this federal standard in all courses by carefully monitoring course content, delivery, and the work required of all our students.

The federal definition of a credit hour, quoted in the NEASC Policy on Credits and Degrees follows below: (

Federal regulation defines a credit hour as an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutional established equivalence that reasonably approximates not less than –

(1) One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester… or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or
(2) At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.