Credit Hours Toward Graduation
Why is this measure important?
This measure is an efficiency assessment for degree completion. Earning less than 15 hours a semester, or 30 hours a year, increases the likelihood that students will not graduate on time. This could cause students to drop out before completing a degree, or also could add to the overall costs to students and families due to delayed graduation. Campuses are making efforts to encourage high school students to take dual credit courses prior to college enrollment, and college students to prioritize the courses and course loads that are needed for their particular degree program to graduate on time.
What is the technical definition?
The majority of associate degrees require 60 credit hours, with graduation within two years. The majority of baccalaureate degree programs require 120 credit hours, with graduation within four years.