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Articulation And The “A G” Requirements


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Articulation And The “A G” Requirements

  1. 1. Articulation and the “a-g” Requirements Jeanne Hargrove University of California Office of the President High School Articulation Coordinator
  2. 2. This Workshop Will Cover: <ul><li>Course list update process </li></ul><ul><li>Course requirements for “a-g” approval </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations for course articulation, including CTE courses </li></ul><ul><li>Policies and Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Resources and websites </li></ul>
  3. 3. Purpose of Articulation <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>“ a-g” pattern determines if students meet minimum eligibility requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation for lower division, not upper division, UC coursework </li></ul>
  4. 4. UC Philosophy <ul><li>Research institution </li></ul><ul><li>Mission is academic and theoretical, not technical </li></ul><ul><li>Coursework is only a piece of whole student application in admission considerations </li></ul><ul><li>“ Applied” academic courses are acceptable if the primary focus is academic (i.e., “application” is an instructional strategy) </li></ul><ul><li>Technology-rich courses are acceptable if technology is used as a teaching tool, not as primary goal </li></ul>
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 2007-08 Updates <ul><li>New URL addresses for all Doorways sites </li></ul><ul><li>Update site opened – January 16 </li></ul><ul><li>Preferred deadline to submit – March 16 </li></ul><ul><li>All on-time submissions were notified – May 16 </li></ul><ul><li>Update site closed October 16 th , site will close October 1 st for 2008-2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Totals for 2007-2008 submission cycle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2564 submissions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7248 new courses submitted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>16,708 courses revised </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Course List Update Process <ul><li>Schools should update every year. </li></ul><ul><li>Review can take up to three months. </li></ul><ul><li>Steps of course review: (Previous) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UC OP staff reviewer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Committee reviewers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Course List Update Process <ul><li>No course description required for standardized courses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identical course approved at another school in district </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course reinstated within three years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AP, IB and UC College Prep courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approved Cyber High courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approved ROP/C courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approved CDE Agricultural Education courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approved “Project Lead the Way” courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AVID Senior Seminar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CSU’s EAP Expository Reading and Writing course </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Planned Revisions to UC Course Approval Process <ul><ul><li>Beginning in February 2008, outlines for newly proposed courses can be submitted individually. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Current process requires entire school submission at one time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools will be asked to complete new subject-specific template. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UC will not longer accept attachments </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Planned Revisions to UC Course Approval Process- Cont. <ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VPA area only for 2008-09 submissions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The revised review process will be phased in over the next 2-3 years. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Cover Page for New Templates <ul><li>Cover Page for all Courses: (New Information Requested) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher Contact Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If Advanced Placement –Participate in audit? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whether course is CTE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Detailed textbook information </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. New Subject Area Templates <ul><li>Each template will ask for information that is subject specific: (Same information for elective courses too) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>History and English templates will ask for detailed information regarding reading and writing assignments. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Laboratory Science template will ask for detailed information regarding lab work, not just a list of labs. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Cont. New Subject Area Templates <ul><ul><ul><li>New Templates cont. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Visual and Performing Arts template will ask for specific information on how each strand of the five state standards is covered </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Elective area will require the subject specific template: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ex. Earth Science will have the laboratory science template </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Articulation & “A-G” Requirements <ul><li>When building your school’s UC course list, certain requirements must be met for courses to qualify within each “a-g” subject area. </li></ul>
  15. 15. A. History/Social Science <ul><li>All history courses should promote historical understanding and critical thinking and encourage analysis that requires going beyond the facts. </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. History </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Course should cover full span of American history </li></ul></ul><ul><li>World History, Culture and Historical Geography </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transregional/Transcultural history </li></ul></ul><ul><li>American Government </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Must focus on federal level </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. B. English <ul><li>Reading </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Must include full-length works (i.e., courses based solely on anthologies will not be accepted) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Readings should be incorporated into the curriculum. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Must require extensive expository writing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Courses in speech, debate, creative writing and journalism do not meet the “b” requirement. </li></ul>
  17. 17. C. Mathematics <ul><li>Any level of math taken over two years is acceptable, but credit is granted only for one year. </li></ul><ul><li>Honors courses must be at least at the math analysis or pre-calculus level. </li></ul><ul><li>UC, CSU and high school faculty are working to revise and clarify math and science guidelines. </li></ul>
  18. 18. D. Laboratory Science <ul><li>Lab science courses fall into three categories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>College-prep courses in biology, chemistry or physics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Last two years of three-year sequence in Integrated Science </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Additional courses may be drawn from a fourth category. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced courses in any scientific subject area that build upon and specify as prerequisite one or more of the three foundational courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Courses must offer substantial new material. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>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.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: environmental science, physical science, earth science, and Integrated Science 1 </li></ul></ul>D. Laboratory Science
  20. 20. <ul><li>Certification Criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specify, at a minimum, elementary algebra as a prerequisite or co-requisite </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use scientific method: observe, form hypotheses, test hypotheses through experimentation/further observation, and form conclusions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lab Work Required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Include hands-on scientific activities (labs) that involve inquiry, observation, analysis and write-up  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Labs should account for at least 20% of class time and should be itemized and detailed in the course description. </li></ul></ul></ul>D. Laboratory Science
  21. 21. Examples of CTE Science Courses <ul><li>Many are approved in the “g” elective area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Agriculture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biotechnology & Forensic Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sports Medicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Research, Genome Project, Genetics </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Tips for CTE Science Courses <ul><li>Focus on the core science content </li></ul><ul><li>Use a standard science text as primary text </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate at least 20% lab work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does not include activities, videos, projects, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Require science prerequisites </li></ul><ul><li>Consider the CTE sections as a lab environment for science content </li></ul>
  23. 23. E. LOTE <ul><li>Acceptable languages: modern, classical, ASL </li></ul><ul><li>Fourth- and fifth-year courses should involve increasingly challenging reading of literature. </li></ul><ul><li>Middle school courses may be used to fulfill requirement. </li></ul><ul><li>Native-speakers courses are acceptable – schools should designate level. </li></ul>
  24. 24. F. Visual & Performing Arts <ul><li>Course Content: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Must address all five component strands of the state VPA standards. (Standards can be accessed at ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must include work outside of the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career-technical arts courses must focus on art content to be acceptable. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For example: Design courses (such as video production, architectural or graphic design, animation) must focus on elements of art and principles of design. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New “Design Course Resources” available on “A-G” Guide website </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Examples of CTE VPA Courses <ul><li>Graphic Design </li></ul><ul><li>Architectural Design </li></ul><ul><li>The Art and History of Floral Design </li></ul><ul><li>Fashion Design </li></ul><ul><li>Furniture Design </li></ul><ul><li>Animation </li></ul><ul><li>Video Production, Photography </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Theatre, Stagecraft </li></ul>
  26. 26. Tips on CTE VPA Courses <ul><li>Focus on art fundamentals – the elements of art and principles of design </li></ul><ul><li>Align with the state VPA standards and describe in details how each state standard is met </li></ul><ul><li>Refer to the “Design Course Resources” on the a-g Guide web site </li></ul>
  27. 27. G. College-Prep Elective <ul><li>Courses expected to be at advanced level with appropriate prerequisites in “a-f” subject areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g., Calculus, Spanish 3, Dance 4 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exceptions: Science (e.g., Earth Science) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> OR </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Courses designed for 11th and 12th grades with/without prerequisites, but can give an introduction to a college major or provide in-depth experience in new areas of academic disciplines: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g., Psychology, Sociology, Engineering, Computer Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many ROP courses are approved in the elective area </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Examples of CTE College Prep Elective <ul><li>Child Development </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering I & II </li></ul><ul><li>Forensic Biology </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to Education </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to Business Economics </li></ul><ul><li>Journalism (Advanced and Beginning) </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to Biotechnology </li></ul><ul><li>Robotics </li></ul><ul><li>Sports Medicine </li></ul>
  29. 29. Policies and Programs
  30. 30. Honors Courses <ul><li>All AP and designated IB courses accepted automatically </li></ul><ul><li>3-semester/4-quarter-unit UC-transferable college courses that fall within “a-g” accepted for honors credit </li></ul><ul><li>School-created honors courses must meet following criteria and fall within course limitation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comparable to AP, IB or college-level courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intended for 11th- and 12th-graders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate prerequisites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Written final exam </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet subject-specific criteria </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>According to CDE report, currently more than 5,600 CTE courses are approved to satisfy “a-g” requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples include engineering, agriculture, health and biotechnology, design, business. </li></ul><ul><li>Most fall in science, VPA and elective area </li></ul><ul><li>UC and CSU Faculty have established CTE guidelines for courses for the elective area . </li></ul>Career Technology Courses
  32. 32. Curriculum Integration Pilot Program <ul><li>Pilot project (CIPP) intended to promote integration of academic and career-technical course content in a way that is more likely to gain “a-g” approval. (See flyer.) </li></ul><ul><li>Grant money is available </li></ul><ul><li>Courses that have been approved: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Auto Physics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Arts and Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physics of Electronic Robotics </li></ul></ul>
  33. 33. New Policy: Online Courses <ul><ul><li>UC faculty approval of online courses is a two-step process. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Step 1 – Review and approve provider </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Step 2 – Review and approve courses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviewers’ committee has reviewed several online providers’ applications. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty has approved two online providers and continues to work with others for approval: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National University Virtual HS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UCI Extension (UCCP) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full implementation of policy will take several years. </li></ul></ul>
  34. 34. Current Online Policy <ul><li>Until full implementation, current online policy will continue: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Principal can certify course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add course to students transcript </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online courses cannot satisfy the laboratory science or visual and performing arts subject requirements </li></ul>
  35. 35. Independent Study Schools <ul><li>Faculty has approved a policy to clarify the conditions under which courses from non-classroom-based/independent study programs can be approved to satisfy “a-g” requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>Intent is to ensure that students will be exposed to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic learning with guidance from a subject expert teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A high level of academic integrity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Letters and policy will be sent to independent study schools soon. </li></ul><ul><li>Policy will be immediately implemented for new schools and schools that have a course list will have a year to align. </li></ul>
  36. 36. Resources and Websites
  37. 37. Doorways <ul><li>Doorways portal: </li></ul><ul><li>Resources: </li></ul><ul><li>New URLs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Course lists: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ A-G” Guide: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online update: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New URLS for all Doorways sites </li></ul>
  38. 38. Resources: “A-G” Course List Website <ul><li>Including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PASS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UCCP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CDE Ag Ed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CART </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AVID </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ROP/Cs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CSU </li></ul></ul><ul><li> Lists now include: </li></ul><ul><li>Categories </li></ul><ul><li>WASC accreditation information </li></ul><ul><li>CDS code </li></ul><ul><li>School information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School governance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary school types (comprehensive, online, small learning community) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Secondary school types </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special programs (career pathways, academies, magnets, year-round) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gold stars & blue diamonds </li></ul></ul>New URL –
  39. 39. Resources: “A-G” Online Update <ul><li>New URL for course submission updates: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Site will open February 25 th for 2008 -2009 cycle </li></ul><ul><li>Online submission website features: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Revise school information, revise existing course lists, submit new courses </li></ul></ul>
  40. 40. Resources “A-G” Guide Website <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Annual updates </li></ul><ul><li>Resource for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ a-g” requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course descriptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New course submission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cadre of Experts resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FAQs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhancements for 2007–08 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact information </li></ul></ul>
  41. 41. Enhancements for 2007–08 <ul><li>New tab: Special Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Design course resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project-based resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum integration resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career technical education resources (new) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New counselor resources (new) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sections will include new text, links to course outlines, Cadre, presentations, reports, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Search function” capabilities for entire website </li></ul>
  42. 42. Resources: Cadre of Experts <ul><li>Over 300 volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>UC liaison/coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Cadre is comprised of high school educators and University admissions/outreach staff </li></ul><ul><li>Cadre members include subject specialists, generalists, charter school reps., and ROP reps. </li></ul><ul><li>Available to assist high school colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Listed on the “a-g” Guide web site </li></ul>
  43. 43. Questions? Contact Us… <ul><li>E-mail: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: </li></ul><ul><li>(510) 987-9570 </li></ul><ul><li>Articulation questions: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>(510) 987-9592 </li></ul><ul><li>“ A-G” Guide: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>(510) 987-9592 </li></ul>