Should the credit hour be abandoned?

Arthur Levine has a provocative post at Inside Higher Education today, calling for the abandon of the dominant method of categorizing college work, the Carnegie Unit (or, more commonly, credit hour).

Levine points out that the credit hour was an industrial-era invention based on time, not skill or proficiency.  As more institutions adopt more direct assessments of student learning, is the credit hour an arbitrary measure of work for today’s university?


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