Articulation And The “A G” Requirements
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- 1. Articulation and the a-g Requirements Jeanne Hargrove University of California Office of the President High School Articulation Coordinator
2. 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
3. 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
4. UC Philosophy
- Research institution
- 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 isacademic(i.e., application is an instructional strategy)
- Technology-rich courses are acceptable if technology is used as a teaching tool, not as primary goal
5. Course Review Process UCOP sends outletter requestingschools updatecourse list UCOP reviewscourse on afirst-come, first- served basis Schools submit updated lists UCOP responds:cover letter andexplanations fornon-approvedcoursesSchools resubmit non-approved courses (optional) UCOP updatescourse list UC uses course listto evaluate students eligibility Process repeats Students use course list whenapplying to UC Nov/Dec.2007 Feb. 26, 2008 Feb.-Oct 2008 Nov. 2008 Begins Jan. 2009 6. 2007-08 Updates
- 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 stfor 2008-2009
- Totals for 2007-2008 submission cycle
- 2564 submissions
- 7248 new courses submitted
- 16,708 courses revised
7. 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
- Committee reviewers
8. 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
- CSUs EAP Expository Reading and Writing course
9. 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
10. 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 2008-09submissions
- The revised review process will be phased in over the next 2-3 years.
11. 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
12. 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.
13. 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
14. Articulation & A-G Requirements
- When building your schools UC course list, certain requirements must be met for courses to qualify within each a-g subject area.
15. A. History/Social Science
- All history courses should promote historical understanding and critical thinking and encourage analysis that requires going beyond the facts.
- U.S. History
- Course should cover full span of American history
- World History, Culture and Historical Geography
- Transregional/Transcultural history
- American Government
- Must focus on federal level
16. B. English
- 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.
17. C. Mathematics
- 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.
18. 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.
- Examples: environmental science, physical science, earth science, and Integrated Science 1
D. Laboratory Science 20.
- Certification Criteria
- Specify, at a minimum, elementary algebra as a prerequisite or co-requisite
- Use scientific method: observe, form hypotheses, test hypotheses through experimentation/further observation, and form conclusions
- Lab Work Required
- Include hands-on scientific activities (labs) that involve inquiry, observation, analysis and write-up
- Labs should account for at least 20% of class time and should be itemized and detailed in the course description.
D. Laboratory Science 21. Examples of CTE Science Courses
- Many are approved in the g elective area
- Biotechnology & Forensic Science