|Policy Statement: Consistent with the North Carolina Administrative Code 23 NCAC 01A.0101, a credit hour at Durham Technical Community College is calculated according to the following formula as based on a 16-week semester: 1 hour of classroom instruction per week equals 1 credit hour; 2 hours of supervised laboratory instruction per week equal 1 credit hour; 3 hours of supervised manipulative laboratory, shop, or clinical practice per week equal 1 credit hour; and 10 hours of work experience, practicum, or internship per week equal 1 credit hour.
Durham Technical Community College is a constituent member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC), which serves as the college’s regional accrediting body. SACS-COC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an agency whose accreditation enables its member institutions to seek eligibility to participate in Title IV programs. To maintain its recognition with the U.S. Department of Education, SACS-COC has incorporated certain federal requirements into the Principles of Accreditation. Among those requirements is one that requires institutions to define the manner in which it defines a “credit hour.” In addition, Durham Tech is an individually accredited member of the North Carolina Community College System that abides by the policies, standards, and regulations set forth by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges and the North Carolina Administrative Codes for the determination of credit hours awarded for courses and programs.