New thinking on credit hours

November 13, 2012

I’m late getting to it, but here is an important piece from the New America Foundation’s Amy Laitinen explaining the origins of the credit hour and the obstacles it poses to innovation. The thesis of Amy’s piece is that federal education policy needs to shift from valuing time to valuing learning. This is critical if we are going to innovate and compete in the decades to come.

Moving away from the antiquated credit hour is complicated. It is embedded in much of higher education. But as Amy points out, it was never intended to measure learning and schools themselves don’t use it that way. Amy closes the piece by outlining concrete steps that can be taken to “crack the credit hour.” This is a very thoughtful piece and well worth reading.



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