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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
      • Faculty

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)
    • Example:
      • 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

  • Reading
    • Must include full-length works (i.e., courses based solely on anthologies will not be accepted)
    • Readings should be incorporated into the curriculum.
  • Writing
    • 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
    • Agriculture
    • Engineering
    • Biotechnology & Forensic Science