Credit Hour Review Policy
The Reach Institute requires that all courses and programs comply with the established Reach Institute Credit Hour Policy. The Leadership Team (LT), supervised by the Chief Academic Officer (CAO), conducts a review of the units awarded in courses and programs annually. The process is as-follows:
Program Coordinators (PCs) submit detailed credit hour information for existing courses administered in the programs, aligning to the established credit hour policy.
The CAO then reviews the submitted information and selects a sample of courses from each program for further review (all 2015-16 courses to be reviewed; sample of courses reviewed in subsequent years).
The CAO will oversee a review of sample course syllabi (all courses in 2015-16) conducted by the LT.
The following criteria should be met for a course to pass the Credit Hour Review:
The reported hours (in the spreadsheet) are sufficient for the course credits assigned.
The syllabus lists the course credits and approximate hours, and these numbers match the credits and hours reported (in the spreadsheet).
The course activities and assignments match the reported hours.
Courses that do not comply with the credit hour policy will be subject to syllabus revision and resubmission to the CAO until compliance is reached.
6. For all new courses, syllabi will be reviewed by the CAO and compliance with the credit hour policy must be met before the course may be offered.
Definition of a Credit Hour
Reach Institute defines a credit hour as follows:
1 Credit Hour = 45 hours of combined Class Time, Homework, and Applied Practica
Class Time – Time spent in in-person seminar meetings
Homework – Assigned readings and online discussions
Applied Practica – Residency hours, applied assignments, participation in coaching and formative
assessment, peer collaboration, and performance assessments.