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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

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The following terms apply to a student’s enrollment and academic record.

  1. Credit hour - The minimum credit hours required for any baccalaureate degree at Fayetteville State University is 120. FSU follows the federal definition of a credit hour. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:
    1. One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or
    2. At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (a) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.
  2. Attempted hours - The credit hours in which a student is enrolled at Fayetteville State University, to include hours transferred from other institutions.
  3. Earned hours - The credit hours for each course in which a student earns a final grade of D or better at Fayetteville State University and credit hours transferred from other institutions with a grade of C or better.
  4. GPA hours - The credit hours used in the calculation of a student’s GPA. The minimum GPA required for any baccalaureate degree at Fayetteville State University is 2.0.
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