Integrity of Awarding Credit Hours
The Institution awards credit to courses, both graduate and undergraduate, in a manner that is consistent with the norms of similar institutions of higher learning, and with the standards that have been approved by the faculties and implemented relatively consistently.
The course catalogue lists the courses of instruction for both Schools, along with the number of credit hours that are assigned to that course. Courses meet for a semester at a time, usually 14 weeks of instruction and one week for final examinations, and either award 3 or 1.5 credit hours for the successful completion of the course. A 3-credit course meets with the instructor for 2 hours and 40 minutes per week, and requires a minimum of 6 hours per week out-of-class assignments, including reading, or practice of skills, as well as written or other assignments by which the instructor may evaluate the level of accomplishment and aptitude the student has achieved. Directed studies and tutorials typically meet for one hour per week of individual contact time that allows greater interaction between the student and the instructor. The reduced contact hours are further compensated by expanding preparation hours by a factor of approximately two, for a total of 10-12 hours preparation per week for 15 weeks. The Schools award 1.5 hours of credit for courses that meet 1.5 to 2 hours per week, and which are practical or performance oriented, such as courses on Byzantine Chant or Teleturgics. These courses typically require significant amounts of practice in specific skills, but not academic work or written assignments.
All courses at the Schools require a syllabus to be prepared and handed out at the beginning of the term, which provides the student with the schedule and list of readings and assignments, as well as the way in which the final grade will be determined. Syllabi are prepared according to standards distributed to faculty annually. The Dean’s office for each respective school is responsible for receiving all the course syllabi by the beginning of each semester. In the Faculty Handbook, it states that “Each Faculty member shall teach organized courses in accordance with descriptions published in the current catalogue of the Institution and the announced schedule. New courses are offered with the approval of the Faculties and the Deans.” So, new courses are considered by the faculty and the Dean, both with respect to its place within the needs of the curriculum, and to its scope and academic requirements for the awarding of credit.
Lastly, both the Student and Faculty Handbooks include definitions of Academic Dishonesty, and procedures to follow if an Instructor suspects that a student has plagiarized or otherwise been dishonest in her/his work.