Course Credit-Hour System Redesign

Strategies to Transition Semester Courses to Three Credit-hours

Topics: Research Enterprise, Centers and Institutes


As state legislatures pressure institutions to standardize practices, administrators must adjust course credit value and institution calendar systems. This report examines the process to change the credit-hour value of courses as part of the institutional transition from a quarter-based calendar to a semester-based calendar. The report addresses the process to approve new courses as well as faculty concerns about the process.

Research Questions

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of transitioning to a three credit-hour system?
  • What is the process to transition to three credit-hour systems?
  • What is the impact of the transition on student learning outcomes?