The Definition of Academic Credit Hours

  • Joan M. Foster Metropolitan State College of Denver
Keywords: Higher Education, Credit Hours


The credit hour is the basic unit of measuring student progress toward a degree. Today, nontraditional delivery systems impact the way credit is offered and received. Faculty must consider how these changes affect what graduates know. The definition and validity of the academic credit hour is the key to the validity of the college degree. This article discusses the definition of credit hour and its relationship to current social, political, and meducational changes.