Big changes for 2015-16!
The University of California is launching a new “a-g” course database system in February 2015 that aims to make life easier for K-12 teachers, counselors, curriculum developers, and administrators.
The design of the new A-G Course Management Portal, or A-G CMP, is underway and is part of the UC High School Articulation unit’s initiative to improve the overall “a-g” course submission and review process. Major highlights include:
- Offering incentives for earlier “a-g” course submissions, which facilitates “a-g” course approvals before UC admissions applications are reviewed (see dates & deadlines)
- Developing and distributing new “a-g” course evaluation rubrics so course developers know what elements are required in a successful “a-g” course
- Streamlining the course submission form in the A-G CMP and aligning it better with “a-g” course criteria for UC evaluation
- Expanding the staff team of UC Articulation Analysts
- Increasing the availability of “a-g” resources to encourage more “a-g” courses, including integrated courses that combine traditional academics with career technical education (CTE)
Updates to our progress will be shared as often as possible, so please continue to check back for further updates. If you have comments or questions about the changes that will take effect in 2015-16, please feel free to contact us.
Course evaluation and resubmission changes for the 2014-15 submission cycle
The High School Articulation unit will continue to implement a phased timeline to improve the overall “a-g” course review process. All new course submissions, resubmissions and course list revisions must be submitted to UC via the Online Update website by Monday, September 15, 2014 at midnight PST.
The course submission cycle will be divided into the following three distinct phases – please note changes to the phase and resubmission deadlines:
Course not approved after the September 15 deadline must be resubmitted as new courses using the “New Course” section during the next update cycle opening in February 2015.
Spring 2014 UC Curriculum Integration (UCCI) Institutes
Teachers of career technical education (CTE) and academic subjects are invited to apply to participate in the Spring 2014 UC Curriculum Integration Institutes, which will meet April 10-13, 2014 at the Hyatt SFO in Burlingame. Educators can apply now and the deadline for submitting applications is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February, 9.
The Spring 2014 UCCI Institutes will focus on courses that integrate the Information & Communication Technologies CTE industry sector with English (“b”) or mathematics ("c") and the Engineering & ArchitectureCTE industry sector with mathematics (“c”) or laboratory science (“d”).
At the UCCI Institutes, teachers collaborate in teams to develop new model integrated courses designed for UC “a-g” approval — meaning they satisfy UC’s “a-g” subject requirements for freshman admission. Approved UCCI courses can be found on the UCCI course catalog; click the title of the course to view its complete course framework, including all key assignments. (Teachers who are preparing to teach UCCI courses can find support through UCCI's Teacher Exchange.)
Math, ICT Teachers: Join us at the UCCI Teacher Exchange!
UCCI will host a UCCI Teacher Exchange at Augustus Hawkins High School in Los Angeles, Feb. 21 and 22. This UCCI Teacher Exchange will focus on the popular UCCI course, Algebra 2 for the 21st Century.
The UCCI Teacher Exchanges are designed to provide California teachers with the support and resources to teach UCCI courses. At the upcoming Exchange, attendees will:
- work with a UCCI Teacher Exchange Leader who currently teaches Algebra 2 for the 21st Century
- collaborate with dedicated colleagues in small teams, tailoring curriculum to work in their respective classrooms
- learn about valuable resources and teaching tools
UCCI Teacher Exchanges are FREE, and a working lunch is provided. Interested in attending this event? Just want to learn more about the UCCI Teacher Exchange Program in general? Contact UCCI Program Manager Sarah Fidelibus (Sarah.Fidelibus@ucop.edu | 510-287-3349).
Changes to 2013-14 resubmission deadline
Due to the high volume of courses in the queue awaiting review, the High School Articulation unit has modified the resubmission deadline for courses submitted during the 2013-14 update cycle.
For any course that was originally submitted in either Phase 1 (March 1 – June 1) or Phase 2 (June 2 – August 1), UC will allow for resubmissions under the following guidelines:
- If UC reviews the course and provides feedback on or before September 5, 2013, the course must be resubmitted to UC by September 15, 2013 in order to be eligible for any further possible resubmissions.
- If UC reviews the course and provides feedback after September 5, 2013, the course must be resubmitted to UC within 10 calendar days of the date of non-approval notification. Specifically, the timeframe for a given course resubmission will conclude at 11:59 pm (Pacific time), 10 calendar days after the non-approval notification date.
You may resubmit an eligible course by going to the “Resubmission” section on the Online Update website.
UC accepting online lab science courses without labs from publishers
Online course publishers offering online laboratory science courses without a standardized, on-site, wet lab component can submit their courses to UC for "a-g" review. UC will provisionally approve the online laboratory science courses. Final "a-g" approval will be awarded per institution based on the on-site, wet laboratory activities the individual school, district or program has developed to supplement the online curriculum they purchased or licensed from the publisher. High schools, districts and programs will be prompted to include descriptions of the required labs when submitting their previously approved course submission to add the publisher's laboratory science course to their "a-g" course list.
BOARS reiterates support of developing math curriculum under Common Core State Standards
The Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS) issued a statement [PDF] supporting high schools during the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). UC recognizes that developing mathematics curriculum consistent with the CCSSM will involve more than simply reordering topics to be covered. In addition, BOARS reiterated its support for high schools implementing either the integrated or the traditional pathway, as stated in the math ("c") subject area course criteria.
New policy for online "a-g" coursework
As of May 2012, UC Faculty approved a revised version of the University’s online course policy. Online courses already approved by UC and offered by online providers and online schools will remain valid for “a-g” purposes through the end of the 2013-14 academic year. Effective for the 2013-14 year, all online courses offered by an online course publisher or online school will be required to undergo the review process outlined in the new online policy. Beginning with the 2014-15 year, non-online high schools and programs offering non-commercial, teacher-created online courses will be required to comply with the new online policy and review process. The principal certification process for online courses will no longer be acceptable beginning with the 2013-14 academic year.
Clarification of the mathematics subject requirement
All students applying to UC for admission in fall 2015 must complete a Geometry course or an appropriate integrated sequence with a grade of C or better in order to satisfy the math ("c") subject requirement. Appropriate, higher-level courses will continue to validate a D or F grade earned in Geometry. Math courses completed in the seventh and eighth grades with a grade of C or higher can be used toward fulfilling this requirement. Students are not required by UC to repeat these college-preparatory math courses once they have entered high school. Students are required to list these math courses in the “Seventh/Eighth Grade Course” section on the UC application. A middle school transcript is not required. It is preferable that seventh- and eighth-grade college-preparatory math courses be listed on the high school transcript, however, this is not a requirement.
Community college “a-g” course lists now available
UC now houses “a-g” course lists for the 112 California community colleges. These course lists can be used to identify the community college courses that can be used to satisfy the “a-g” subject requirements. These course lists are works in progress, and will be continuously updated and expanded as course offerings change and as courses not yet included are reviewed. This work is made possible with financial support from the California Department of Education.
Community college course offerings change from semester to semester and year to year, so please refer to the college’s current catalog for the most accurate information.
BOARS approves new English and mathematics course criteria
BOARS, the Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools, approved new guidelines and criteria for courses approved in the English (“b”) subject area and the mathematics (“c”) subject area. Beginning with new courses submitted during the 2012-13 update cycle, all English and mathematics courses must incorporate the California-adopted Common Core Standards into their curriculum content. Courses already approved in the “b” and “c” subject area will be required to be resubmitted for re-approval at a later date not yet determined.