CCC is committed to providing access and full participation to students with special needs in all areas of its academic programs and services.
Students with special needs should:
- Meet with the Learning Disabilities Specialist at least thirty (30) days prior to the beginning of each semester.
- Self-identify & provide documentation of their specific disability.
- Be able to identify reasonable accommodation to be successful academically.
The US Department of Education has enacted regulations regarding program integrity that include a federal definition of a credit hour:
Federal Definition and Commission Review of the Credit Hour
As an accreditor recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, the Commission is obliged to follow federal law and regulations pertinent to that recognition. Federal regulation defines a credit hour as 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, practicum, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.
In accordance with federal policy, CCC defines a credit hour as the amount of work represented in the achievement of student learning outcomes (verified by evidence of student achievement) that reasonably approximates one hour (50 minutes) of classroom instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work. For every course credit hour, a typical student should expect to spend at least two hours per week of concentrated attention on course-related work including, but not limited to, class meeting time, reading, reviewing, organizing notes, studying and completing assignments.