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Academic Progress

The Office of the Registrar keeps track of all academic progress, including full-time and part-time course loads and single courses at Becker College and courses taken within the Colleges of Worcester Consortium.

Federal Definition of a Credit Hour:

…an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutional established equivalence that reasonably approximates not less than:

(1)    One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or

(2)    At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

Distance Learning

Courses may be offered in different learning formats such as distance learning, hybrid courses, or the traditional format.  Equivalent work as described above is expected and the same course objectives should be met.

Distance learning is an educational process in which the majority of the instruction occurs when a student and instructor are not in the same place. Instruction may be synchronous or asynchronous. Distance education may employ correspondence study, audio, video, and/or computer technologies.

Hybrid learning is a blend of face-to-face instruction with online learning.

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