Articulation and the “a-g” Requirements Jeanne Hargrove University of California Office of the President High School Articulation Coordinator
This Workshop Will Cover:
Course list update process
Course requirements for “a-g” approval
Recommendations for course articulation, including CTE courses
Policies and Programs
Resources and websites
Purpose of Articulation
A way for UC faculty to articulate to high schools the sequence of courses that they believe are essential in order for students to be prepared for college work
“ a-g” pattern determines if students meet minimum eligibility requirements
Preparation for lower division, not upper division, UC coursework
Mission is academic and theoretical, not technical
Coursework is only a piece of whole student application in admission considerations
“ Applied” academic courses are acceptable if the primary focus is academic (i.e., “application” is an instructional strategy)
Technology-rich courses are acceptable if technology is used as a teaching tool, not as primary goal
Course Review Process UCOP sends out letter requesting schools update course list UCOP reviews course on a first-come, first- served basis Schools submit updated lists UCOP responds: cover letter and explanations for non-approved courses Schools resubmit non-approved courses (optional) UCOP updates course list UC uses course list to evaluate students’ eligibility Process repeats Students use course list when applying to UC Nov/Dec. 2007 Feb. 26, 2008 Feb.-Oct 2008 Nov. 2008 Begins Jan. 2009
New URL addresses for all Doorways sites
Update site opened – January 16
Preferred deadline to submit – March 16
All on-time submissions were notified – May 16
Update site closed October 16 th , site will close October 1 st for 2008-2009
Totals for 2007-2008 submission cycle
7248 new courses submitted
16,708 courses revised
Course List Update Process
Schools should update every year.
Review can take up to three months.
Steps of course review: (Previous)
UC OP staff reviewer
Course List Update Process
No course description required for standardized courses:
Identical course approved at another school in district
Course reinstated within three years
AP, IB and UC College Prep courses
Approved Cyber High courses
Approved ROP/C courses
Approved CDE Agricultural Education courses
Approved “Project Lead the Way” courses
AVID Senior Seminar
CSU’s EAP Expository Reading and Writing course
Planned Revisions to UC Course Approval Process
Beginning in February 2008, outlines for newly proposed courses can be submitted individually.
Current process requires entire school submission at one time
Schools will be asked to complete new subject-specific template.
UC will not longer accept attachments
Planned Revisions to UC Course Approval Process- Cont.
UC will begin to implement an enhanced review process that will include a review by a subject matter expert as well as a UCOP reviewer.
VPA area only for 2008-09 submissions
The revised review process will be phased in over the next 2-3 years.
Cover Page for New Templates
Cover Page for all Courses: (New Information Requested)
Teacher Contact Information
If Advanced Placement –Participate in audit?
Whether course is CTE
Detailed textbook information
New Subject Area Templates
Each template will ask for information that is subject specific: (Same information for elective courses too)
History and English templates will ask for detailed information regarding reading and writing assignments.
Laboratory Science template will ask for detailed information regarding lab work, not just a list of labs.
Cont. New Subject Area Templates
New Templates cont.
Visual and Performing Arts template will ask for specific information on how each strand of the five state standards is covered
Elective area will require the subject specific template:
Ex. Earth Science will have the laboratory science template
Articulation & “A-G” Requirements
When building your school’s UC course list, certain requirements must be met for courses to qualify within each “a-g” subject area.
A. History/Social Science
All history courses should promote historical understanding and critical thinking and encourage analysis that requires going beyond the facts.
Course should cover full span of American history
World History, Culture and Historical Geography
Must focus on federal level
Must include full-length works (i.e., courses based solely on anthologies will not be accepted)
Readings should be incorporated into the curriculum.
Must require extensive expository writing
Courses in speech, debate, creative writing and journalism do not meet the “b” requirement.
Any level of math taken over two years is acceptable, but credit is granted only for one year.
Honors courses must be at least at the math analysis or pre-calculus level.
UC, CSU and high school faculty are working to revise and clarify math and science guidelines.
D. Laboratory Science
Lab science courses fall into three categories
College-prep courses in biology, chemistry or physics
College-prep courses incorporating applications in some other scientific or career-technical subject area but which cover core concepts expected in one of the three foundational subjects (examples: Marine Biology, Agricultural Biology)
Last two years of three-year sequence in Integrated Science
Additional courses may be drawn from a fourth category.
Advanced courses in any scientific subject area that build upon and specify as prerequisite one or more of the three foundational courses
Courses must offer substantial new material.
Lower-level science courses (i.e., without prerequisites) that do not address a majority of concepts expected in biology, chemistry or physics, may be approved as “g.”