Carnegie Hours

For accreditation purposes, the university needs to demonstrate compliance with the Carnegie Hours. Carnegie Hours, also called Student Hours or Carnegie Units, are a time-based way to measure the education provided to students. A Carnegie Hour is the equivalent to 50 actual minutes of lecture time for a single student per week over the 15 weeks of a semester. For each Instructor-led Carnegie Hour, the student is required to do two hours (100 actual minutes) of home-work or Independent course work. Instructor-led activities include classroom or synchronous (live chat) sessions, pre-recorded lectures, discussion boards and blogs that are strategically managed by the faculty, and proctored midterms and finals. Independent study activities include readings, research, study sessions without the instructor, group work, online quizzes or exams, reviewing resource materials, and student-led discussion boards.
The sample charts below are one way to demonstrate that you are meeting all the required hours.  A chart also helps students understand the workload for the course, which will aid them with planning.  If you do not use a chart like this, we need you to find another way to articulate compliance with the Carnegie Hours.

A sample Carnegie Hour table for a 4-unit, 15-week course:

 

Weekly

Total Course

Activity

Instructor-Led

Independent

Instructor-Led

Independent

In class lectures

4

 

60

 

Required readings

 

5.0

 

75

Online discussion boards

 

1.0

 

15

HW problems

 

2.0

 

30

Carnegie Hours

4

8

60

120

 

This table describes Carnegie Hour requirements for a one-, two-, three- and four-credit course or lab, with the corresponding actual hours and minutes:

 

Total Carnegie Hours

Total Actual Hours & Minutes

 

Instructor-Led

Independent

Instructor-Led

Independent

One (1) Credit Course or Lab

15.0

30.0

12.5

25.0

Two (2) Credit Course or Lab

30.0

60.0

25.0

50.0

Three (3) Credit Course or Lab

45.0

90.0

37.5

75.0

Four (4) Credit Course or Lab

60.0

120.0

50.0

100.0

 

Even if a course is condensed, it still has to meet the correct number of Carnegie Hours. So a sample Carnegie Hour table for a Blended, 3-credit, 8-week course might look like this:

 

Weekly

Total Course

Activity

Instructor-Led

Independent

Instructor-Led

Independent

Required readings

 

4.0

 

32.0

Pre-recorded lectures

2

 

16.0

 

Weekly live chats (synchronous)

1

 

8.0

 

Discussion board (asynchronous)

1

 

8.0

 

Quizzes and homework

 

2.0

 

16.0

Group projects (averaged)

 

4.0

 

32.0

Independent case study

 

2.0

 

16.0

Consultations with professor

2

 

16.0

 

Total Carnegie Hours

6.0

12.0

48.0

96.0

 

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