Credit Hour System
Goodwin College complies with federal regulations defining the credit hour and describes all collegiate courses in semester credit hours. A credit is a unit of academic achievement that is awarded upon successful completion of a course and not necessarily an indicator of transferability of credit. For a 15-week course, a credit hour is defined as: (1) Didactic traditional Classroom - one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks for one semester, (2) Laboratory - for example, one laboratory credit equals three hours per week of classroom laboratory instruction or two hours of classroom laboratory instruction combined with a minimum of one hour of out of class student work, (3) Internship/Externship/Clinical - for example, one internship/externship/clinical credit equals three hours per week in assigned workplace-directed activities. If assigned workplace activities equal less than three hours per week, then course syllabi must demonstrate that the work hours plus outside work equals three hours per week per credit. For a Distance Education course, one credit in an online classroom must equate to at least three hours per week of engagement in academic activities as documented in the course syllabi.
Goodwin College offers three semesters in a calendar year. An academic year consists of the three semesters beginning in September. Each semester is 15 weeks in length. Two semesters constitute an academic year for purposes of financial aid. Day and evening courses are usually either 7 1/2 or 15 weeks in length. For a complete description of the college's credit hour policy and procedures, including equivalencies, refer to the college's website: http://www.goodwin.edu/policies/.