Comprehensive Standard 3.4.6

 

The institution employs sound and acceptable practices for determining the amount and level of credit awarded for courses, regardless of format or mode of delivery. (Practices for Awarding Credit)

 

COMPLIANCE

 

Narrative:

 

Vernon College awards credit for courses in accordance with standards outlined in Texas Higher Education Coordinating Boardís (THECB) Lower Division Academic Guide Manual (ACGM) and the Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM).

 

Course credit is based on the semester hour unit. Generally, a lecture course without a laboratory meets three hours each week during a sixteen (16) week semester, and a student is granted three semester hours of credit for successfully completing such a course. In most instances, a laboratory course meets three hours for lecture and three hours for laboratory each week during a sixteen (16) week semester, and a student is granted four semester hours of credit for successfully completing such a course. To ensure that classes meet the required hours, weekly contact hours increase for classes meeting in semesters of less than sixteen (16) weeks.

 

To guarantee compliance with the THECBís requirements, the Vernon College Academic Council monitors the educational programs and formulates recommendations regarding the establishment, deletion, and revision of curriculums.

 

Vernon College offers courses through traditional face-to-face, online, through the Virtual College of Texas, Interactive Television, and hybrid delivery methods.  The applications of these standards apply to all course delivery formats.

 

Documentation

 

1.    Vernon College General Catalog

2.    Academic Council Minutes, November 20, 2006