Contact Hour Requirements

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The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions (Northwest region of AK, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA).  It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed.

Academic Scheduling reviews all class sections to ensure they are within the minimum/maximum range for fulfilling the contact hour requirements, as defined by NWCCU accreditation standards.


 
If your credit ratio is:  3:3:1 (3 credits, 3 lecture hrs, 1 lab hr)

   Add Lecture hours + Lab hours
   Multiply Total contact hours  x  750 minutes (minimum req'd)
   
Divide Total minutes (from contact hours) / Total Weeks
   
Divide Minutes per Week/ 60 Minutes per Hour


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4
3,000
200


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1
750
15
60


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4
3,000

200

(3.33)


Total contact hours
Total minutes
Minutes per Week
(Hours per Week)
 

Minutes per Week(Hours per Week)

Contact
Hours
Total Minutes
Required
15 Weeks
Full Term
(Fall/Spring)
7 1/2 Weeks
Blocks 1 & 2
(Fall/Spring)
14 Weeks
Full Term
(Summer)
7 Weeks
Blocks 1 & 2
(Summer)
10 Weeks
(Summer WK)
18 Weeks
High School
Semester
38 Weeks
High School
Year
1.0 750 - 900 50 - 60
(0.83 - 1.0)
100 - 120
(1.67 - 2.0)
54 - 64
(0.90 - 1.08)
107 - 129
(1.79 - 2.15) 
75 - 90
(1.25 - 1.5)
42 - 50
(0.70 - 0.83)
20 - 24
(0.33 - 0.40)
1.5 1125 - 1350 75 - 90
(1.25 - 1.5)
150 - 180
(2.5 - 3.0)
80 - 96
(1.34 - 1.61)
161 - 193
(2.68 - 3.21)
112.5 - 135
(1.88 - 2.25)
-- --
2.0 1500 - 1800 100 - 120
(1.67 - 2.0)
200 - 240
(3.33 - 4.0)
107 - 129
(1.79 - 2.15)
214 - 257
(3.57 - 4.28)
150 - 180
(2.5 - 3.0)
83 - 100
(1.38 - 1.67)
39 - 47
(0.65 - 0.78)
2.5 1875 - 2250 125 - 150
(2.08 - 2.5)
250 - 300
(4.17 - 5.0)
134 - 161
(2.24 - 2.68)
268 - 321
(4.46 - 5.35)
187.5 - 225
(3.13 - 3.75)
-- --
3.0 2250 - 2700 150 - 180
(2.5 - 3.0)
300 - 360
(5.0 - 6.0)
161 - 193
(2.68 - 3.22)
321 - 386
(5.36 - 6.43)
225 - 270
(3.75 - 4.5)
125 - 150
(2.08 - 2.5)
59 - 71
(0.98 - 1.18)
3.5 2625 - 3150 175 - 210
(2.92 - 3.5)
350 - 420
(5.83 - 7.0)
188 - 225
(3.13 - 3.75)
375 - 450
(6.25 - 7.50)
262.5 - 315
(4.38 - 5.25)
-- --
4.0 3000 - 3600 200 - 240
(3.33 - 4.0)
400 - 480
(6.67 - 8.0)
214 - 257
(3.58 - 4.29)
429 - 514
(7.14 - 8.56)
300 - 360
(5.0 - 6.0)
167 - 200
(2.78 - 3.33)
79 - 95
(1.32 - 1.58)
4.5 3375 - 4050 225 - 270
(3.75 - 4.5)
450 - 540
(7.5 - 9.0)
241 - 289
(4.02 - 4.83)
482 - 579
(8.03 - 9.65)
337.5 - 405
(5.63 - 6.75)
-- --
5.0 3750 - 4500 250 - 300
(4.17 - 5.0)
500 - 600
(8.33 - 10.0)
268 - 321
(4.47 - 5.36)
536 - 643
(8.93 - 10.71)
375 - 450
(6.25 - 7.5)
208 - 250
(3.47 - 4.17)
99 - 118
(1.65 - 1.97)
5.5 4125 - 4950 275 - 330
(4.58 - 5.5)
550 - 660
(9.17 - 11.0)
295 - 354
(4.91 - 5.90)
589 - 707
(9.81 - 11.78)
412.5 - 495
(6.88 - 8.25)
-- --
6.0 4500 - 5400 300 - 360
(5.0 - 6.0)
600 - 720
(10.0 - 12.0)
321 - 386
(5.36 - 6.43)
643 - 771
(10.71 - 12.85)
450 - 540
(7.5 - 9.0)
250 - 300
(4.17 - 5.0)
118 - 142
(1.97 - 2.37)
6.5 4875 - 5850 325 - 390
(5.42 - 6.5)
550 - 660
(10.83 - 13.0)
348 - 418
(5.81 - 6.97)
696 - 836
(11.60 - 13.93)
412.5 - 495
(8.13 - 9.75)
-- --
7.0 5250 - 6300 350 - 420
(5.83 - 7.0)
700 - 840
(11.67 - 14.0)
375 - 450
(6.25 - 7.50)
750 - 900
(12.50 - 15.0)
525 - 630
(8.75 - 10.5)
292 - 350
(4.87 - 5.83)
138 - 166
(2.30 - 2.77)
7.5 5625 - 6750 375 - 450
(6.25 - 7.5)
750 - 900
(12.5 - 15.0)
402 - 482
(6.70 - 8.04)
804 - 964
(13.40 - 16.06)
562.5 - 675
(9.38 - 11.25)
-- --
8.0 6000 - 7200 400 - 480
(6.67 - 8.0)
800 - 960
(13.33 - 16.0)
429 - 514
(7.15 - 8.58)
857 - 1029
(14.29 - 17.15)
600 - 720
(10.0 - 12.0)
333 - 400
(5.55 - 6.67)
158 - 189
(2.63 - 3.15)
8.5 6375 - 7650 425 - 510
(7.08 - 8.5)
850 - 1020
(14.17 - 17.0)
455 - 546
(7.59 - 9.11)
911 - 1093
(15.18 - 18.21)
637.5 - 765
(10.63 - 12.75)
-- --
9.0 6750 - 8100 450 - 540
(7.5 - 9.0)
900 - 1080
(15.0 - 18.0)
482 - 579
(8.04 - 9.65)
964 - 1157
(16.06 - 19.28)
675 - 810
(11.25 - 13.5)
375 - 450
(6.25 - 7.5)
178 - 213
(2.97 - 3.55)
9.5 7125 - 8550 475 - 570
(7.92 - 9.5)
950 - 1140
(15.83 - 19.0)
509 - 611
(8.49 - 10.18)
1018 - 1221
(16.96 - 20.35)
712.5 - 855
(11.88 - 14.25)
-- --
10.0 7500 - 9000 500 - 600
(8.33 - 10.0)
1000 - 1200
(16.67 - 20.0)
536 - 643
(8.93 - 10.72)
1071 - 1286
(17.85 - 21.43)
750 - 900
(12.5 - 15.0)
417 - 500
(6.95 - 8.33)
197 - 237
(3.28 - 3.95)
10.5 7875 - 9450 525 - 630
(8.75 - 10.5)
1050 - 1260
(17.5 - 21.0)
563 - 675
(9.38 - 11.25)
1125 - 1350
(18.75 - 22.50)
787.5 - 945
(13.13 - 15.75)
-- --
11.0 8250 - 9900 550 - 660
(9.17 - 11.0)
1100 - 1320
(18.33 - 22.0)
589 - 707
(9.83 - 11.79)
1179 - 1414
(19.65 - 23.56)
825 - 990
(13.75 - 16.5)
458 - 550
(7.63 - 9.17)
217 - 261
(3.62 - 4.35)
11.5 8625 - 10350 575 - 690
(9.58 - 11.5)
1150 - 1380
(19.17 - 23.0)
616 - 739
(10.27 - 12.32)
1232 - 1479
(20.53 - 24.65)
862.5 - 1035
(14.38 - 17.25)
-- --
12.0 9000 - 10800 600 - 720
(10.0 - 12.0)
1200 - 1440
(20.0 - 24.0)
643 - 771
(10.72 - 12.85)
1286 - 1543
(21.43 - 25.71)
900 - 1080
(15.0 - 18.0)
500 - 600
(8.33 - 10.0)
237 - 284
(3.95 - 4.73)
12.5 9375 - 11250 625 - 750
(10.42 - 12.5)
1250 - 1500
(20.83 - 25.0)
670 - 804
(11.17 - 13.40)
1339 - 1607
(22.31 - 26.78)
937.5 - 1125
(15.63 - 18.75)
-- --
13.0 9750 - 11700 650 - 780
(10.83 - 13.0)
1300 - 1560
(21.67 - 26.0)
696 - 836
(11.60 - 13.93)
1393 - 1671
(23.21 - 27.85)
975 - 1170
(16.25 - 19.5)
542 - 650
(9.03 - 10.83)
257 - 308
(4.28 - 5.13)
13.5 10125 - 12150 675 - 810
(11.25 - 13.5)
1350 - 1620
(22.5 - 27.0)
723 - 868
(12.05 - 14.47)
1446 - 1736
(24.10 - 28.93)
1012.5 - 1215
(16.88- 20.25)
-- --
14.0 10500 - 12600 700 - 840
(11.67 - 14.0)
1400 - 1680
(23.33 - 28.0)
750 - 900
(12.50 - 15.0)
1500 - 1800
(25.0 - 30.0)
1050 - 1260
(17.5 - 21.0) 
583 - 700
(9.72 - 11.67)
276 - 332
(4.60 - 5.53)
14.5 10875 - 13050 725 - 870
(12.08 - 14.5)
1450 - 1740
(24.17 - 29.0)
777 - 932
(12.95 - 15.53)
1554 - 1864
(25.90 - 31.06)
1087.5 - 1305
(18.13 - 21.75)
-- --
15.0 11250 - 13500 750 - 900
(12.5 - 15.0)
1500 -1800
(25.0 - 30.0)
804 - 964
(13.40 - 16.07)
1607 - 1929
(26.78 - 32.15)
1125 - 1350
(18.75 - 22.5) 
625 - 750
(10.42 - 12.5)
296 - 355
(4.93 - 5.92)
15.5 11625 - 13950 775 - 930
(12.92 - 15.5)
1550 - 1860
(25.83 - 31.0)
830 - 996
(13.83 - 16.60)
1661 - 1993
(27.68 - 33.21)
1162.5 - 1395
(19.38 - 23.25)
-- --
16.0 12000 - 14400 800 - 960
(13.33 - 16.0)
1600 - 1920
(26.67 - 32.0)
857 - 1029
(14.28 - 17.15)
1714 - 2057
(28.56 - 34.28)
 1200 - 1440
(20.0 - 24.0)
667 - 800
(11.12 - 13.33)
316 - 379
(5.27 - 6.32)
16.5 12375 - 14850 825 - 990
(13.75 - 16.5)
1650 - 1980
(27.5 - 33.0)
884 - 1061
(14.73 - 17.68)
1768 - 2121
(29.46 - 35.35)
1237.5 - 1485
(20.63 - 24.75)
-- --
17.0 12750 - 15300 850 - 1020
(14.17 - 17.0)
1700 - 2040
(28.33 - 34.0)
911 - 1093
(15.18 - 18.22)
1821 - 2186
(30.35 - 36.43)
1275 - 1530
(21.25 - 25.5) 
708 - 850
(11.80 - 14.17)
336 - 403
(5.60 - 6.72)
17.5 13125 - 15750 875 - 1050
(14.58 - 17.5)
1750 - 2100
(29.17 - 35.0)
938 - 1125
(15.63 - 18.75)
1875 - 2250
(31.25 - 37.50)
1312.5 - 1575
(21.88 - 26.25)
-- --
18.0 13500 - 16200 900 - 1080
(15.0 - 18.0)
1800 - 2160
(30.0 - 36.0)
964 - 1157
(16.07 - 19.28)
1929 - 2314
(32.15 - 38.56)
1350 - 1620
(22.5 - 27.0) 
750 - 900
(12.5 - 15.0)
355 - 426
(5.92 - 7.10)
18.5 13875 - 16650 925 - 1110
(15.41 - 18.5)
1850 - 2220
(30.83 - 37.0)
991 - 1189
(16.52 - 19.82)
1982 - 2379
(33.03 - 39.65)
1387.5 - 1665
(23.13 - 27.75)
-- --
19.0 14250 - 17100 950 - 1140
(15.83 - 19.0)
1900 - 2280
(31.67 - 38.0)
1018 - 1221
(16.97 - 20.35)
2036 - 2443
(33.93 - 40.71)
 1425 - 1710
(23.75 - 28.5)
792 - 950
(13.20 - 15.83)
375 - 450
(6.25 - 7.50)
19.5 14625 - 17550 975 - 1170
(16.25 - 19.5)
1950 - 2340
(32.5 - 39.0)
1045 - 1254
(17.42 - 20.90)
2089 - 2507
(34.81 - 41.78)
1462.5 - 1755
(24.38 - 29.25)
-- --
20.0 15000 - 18000 1000 - 1200
(16.67 - 20.0)
2000 - 2400
(33.33 - 40.0)
1071 - 1286
(17.85 - 21.43)
2143 - 2571
(35.71 - 42.85)
 1500 - 1800
(25.0 - 30.0)
833 - 1000
(13.88 - 16.67)
395 - 474
(6.58 - 7.90)
25.0 18750 - 22500 1250 - 1500
(20.83 - 25.0)
2500 - 3000
(41.67 - 50.0)
1339 - 1607
(22.32 - 26.78)
2678 - 3214
(44.63- 53.56)
 1875 - 2250
(31.25 - 37.5)
-- --
30.0 22500 - 27000 1500 - 1800
(25.0 - 30.0)
3000 - 3600
(50.0 - 60.0)
1607 - 1929
(26.78 - 32.15)
3214 - 3857
(53.56 - 64.28)
 2250 - 2700
(37.5 - 45.0)
-- --
35.0 26250 - 31500 1750 - 2100
(29.17 - 35.0)
3500 - 4200
(58.33 - 70.0)
1875 - 2250
(31.25 - 37.50)
3750 - 4500
(62.50 - 75.0)
2625 - 3150
(43.75 - 52.5)
-- --
40.0 30000 - 36000 2000 - 2400
(33.33 - 40.0)
4000 - 4800
(66.67 - 80.0)
2143 - 2571
(35.72 - 42.85)
4286 - 5143
(71.43 - 85.71)
3000 - 3600
(50.0 - 60.0)
-- --
 
Examples 1 x 750 = 750
750 / 15  = 50
50 / 60 = (0.83)
3 x 900 = 2700
2700 / 7.5 = 360
360 / 60 = (6.00)
3 x 750 = 2250
2250 / 14 = 161
161 / 60 = (2.69)
 3 x 750 = 2250
2250 / 7 = 321
321 / 60 = (5.35)
2 x 750 = 1500
1500 / 10 = 150
150 / 60 = (2.50)
3 x 750 = 2250
2250 / 18 = 125
125 / 60 = (2.08)
1 x 750 = 750
750 / 38 = 19.74
19.74 / 60 = (0.33)