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What’s in a College Credit? Credits Should Measure More than Just Learning Time

By Julie Margetta Morgan

A New York Times article recently quoted an immigrant from Ecuador who was amazed at how little she knew of the community college system: “I didn’t know what a credit was.” Turns out, she’s not the only one. It may be surprising to learn that although most college graduates earn around 120 credits to get a bachelor’s degree, there is no way to know whether a credit earned at one college signals the same amount of learning as a credit earned at another.

The Department of Education is only now working to find a common understanding of the term “credit hour” after years of defining eligible postsecondary programs by the number of credits they offer. Its definition misses the mark by equating credit with time spent learning rather than with the learning outcomes.

Continued at: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/08/college_credit.html

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