Part 3 - Comprehensive Standards
  

3.4.6  The institution employs sound and acceptable practices for determining the amount and level of credit awarded for courses, regardless of format or mode of delivery. (Practices for awarding credit)

Compliance
Partial Compliance
Non-Compliance

Narrative

The University of New Orleans has a comprehensive set of sound and acceptable practices relating to the curriculum and awarding of credit at the baccalaureate and graduate education levels.  As at most American universities, the unit of credit for the University is the semester hour, representing one hour of in-class work per week for one semester, or its equivalent in other forms of instruction.  The University complies with the University of Louisiana System Bylaw Chapter 1, Section VII that requires providing a minimum of 750 minutes of instruction or its equivalent for each semester credit hour.  Thus, a three-credit hour course offered at the University of New Orleans includes the equivalent of 2,250 minutes of instruction. The academic class schedule describing minutes, days, and weeks of classes for the current semester can be found the Office of the University Registrar’s website. 

Consistent with Louisiana Board of Regents policies, all classes must be of reasonable length and include both content and contact sufficient to maintain high academic quality and standards commensurate with credit hours awarded.  The basis for such certification of learning is a valid, credible assessment system that reliably determines whether a student possesses clearly identified, standards based knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Most University courses meet for one semester either two or three times a week (Tuesday-Thursday or Monday-Wednesday-Friday, respectively) and carry a credit of three semester hours.  The Fall 2014 course schedule is presented. 

The amount and level of credit awarded for courses is determined by the faculty through the curriculum committee structure at the department, college, and University levels.  All course additions, deletions, and changes, as well as curriculum revisions require the approval of the college curriculum committee, as well as the approval of the department head and dean.  The University Courses and Curricula Committee is charged with reviewing undergraduate courses and curricula changes while the Graduate Council is charged with reviewing graduate courses and curricula changes.  Both groups are comprised of representative faculty and include administrative staff.  Ultimately, the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs approves course and curriculum changes.  For more detailed information regarding course approval, please refer to Comprehensive Standard 3.4.1: Academic Program Approval.

In addition to Board of Regents and Board of Supervisors Policy governing the awarding of academic credit, the University of New Orleans specifically addresses transfer credit policy, accepting credit from institutions not regionally accredited, and academic credit taken on a non-credit basis in the University Regulations section of the University Catalog [Page: 184] .  Additionally, those procedures supporting the evaluation processes are discussed at length.  For more information regarding non-credit to credit awards, please refer to Comprehensive Standard 3.4.8: Non-Credit to Credit.

Information concerning academic program content, which includes program sheets and credit hour requirements, is found on individual college/schools websites.  More details and links are available in Core Requirement 2.7.2: Program Content.  Additional details on the policy and processes for evaluating, awarding, and accepting credit can be found in the report for Comprehensive Standard 3.4.4: Acceptance of Academic Credit.

Currently, the University offers a limited number of courses and one undergraduate degree via distance education.  As the needs of the State of Louisiana and the manner in which students learn continue to change, the University anticipates significant growth in this mode of delivery.  The University Distance Learning Policy and Guidelines provides the framework for academic oversight and standards for delivery of all course and programs offered via distance education technology.  This document has been informed by Louisiana Board of Regents Academic Affairs Policy 2.12SACSCOC Policy Statement on Distance and Correspondence Education, as well as federal policies.  The policy and guidelines document is published on the Distance Learning website.

Supporting Documents

Document Description
Document IconAcademic_Course_Schedule_Registrar_WebsiteRegistrar Website: Academic Class Schedule
Document IconFall_2014_Class_Schedule Sheet1Fall_2014_Class_Schedule Sheet1
Document IconGraduate_Council_PolicyGraduate Council Charge
Document IconLA_BOR_AA_Policy_2.12_Distance_LearningLouisiana Board of Regents Academic Affairs Policy 2.12: Distance Learning
Document IconSACSCOC_Distance_Learning_PolicySACSCOC Policy Statement on Distance and Correspondence Education
Document IconUCCC_ChargeUniversity Courses and Curricula Committee Charge
Document IconUL_System_Bylaw_Chpt_1_VII_Academic_Programs-2UL_System_Bylaw_Chpt_1_VII_Academic_Programs-2
Document IconUNO_CatalogUniversity of New Orleans Catalog
Document IconUNO_Catalog_Transfer_CreditUniversity of New Orleans Catalog Description of Transfer Credit Policy
Document IconUNO_Distance_Learning_Policy_Guidelines_201302University Distance Learning Policy and Guidelines
Document IconUNO_Distance_Learning_WebsiteUNO Distance Learning website: Policy and Standards Section