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					                  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
                  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 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
                        Feb. 26, 2008
 Nov/Dec. 2007
                                               UCOP reviews
                      Schools submit             course on a
UCOP sends out                                first-come, first-
letter requesting      updated lists
                                                served basis
 schools update
    course list
                                             Feb.-Oct 2008
                      UCOP responds:
                      cover letter and
Schools resubmit      explanations for       UCOP updates
  non-approved         non-approved            course list
courses (optional)        courses

                      UC uses course list      Students use
                     to evaluate students’   course list when
    Process                eligibility        applying to UC
    repeats
                       Begins Jan. 2009          Nov. 2008
             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 16th, site will close
    October 1st for 2008-2009
   Totals for 2007-2008 submission cycle

    2564 submissions
    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)
       1. UC   OP staff reviewer
       2. Committee   reviewers
       3. Faculty
    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)
      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.
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.
   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
                    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.
             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.
         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
            D. Laboratory 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
   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.
        Examples of CTE Science
               Courses

   Many are approved in the “g” elective area
       Agriculture
       Engineering
       Biotechnology & Forensic Science
       Sports Medicine
       Medical Research, Genome Project, Genetics
    Tips for CTE Science Courses
   Focus on the core science content
   Use a standard science text as primary
    text
   Incorporate at least 20% lab work
       Does not include activities, videos, projects, etc.

   Require science prerequisites
   Consider the CTE sections as a lab
    environment for science content
                      E. LOTE
   Acceptable languages: modern, classical, ASL


   Fourth- and fifth-year courses should involve
    increasingly challenging reading of literature.


   Middle school courses may be used to fulfill
    requirement.


   Native-speakers courses are acceptable – schools
    should designate level.
F. Visual & Performing Arts
   Course Content:
       Must address all five component strands of the state
        VPA standards. (Standards can be accessed at
        www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/index.asp.)
       Must include work outside of the classroom
       Career-technical arts courses must focus on art
        content to be acceptable.
            For example: Design courses (such as video
             production, architectural or graphic design,
             animation) must focus on elements of art and
             principles of design.
       New “Design Course Resources” available on “A-G”
        Guide website
    Examples of CTE VPA Courses

   Graphic Design
   Architectural Design
   The Art and History of Floral Design
   Fashion Design
   Furniture Design
   Animation
   Video Production, Photography
   Technical Theatre, Stagecraft
       Tips on CTE VPA Courses

   Focus on art fundamentals – the elements
    of art and principles of design
   Align with the state VPA standards and
    describe in details how each state
    standard is met
   Refer to the “Design Course Resources”
    on the a-g Guide web site
     G. College-Prep Elective
   Courses expected to be at advanced level with
    appropriate prerequisites in “a-f” subject areas:
       e.g., Calculus, Spanish 3, Dance 4
       Exceptions: Science (e.g., Earth Science)
                             OR
   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:
       e.g., Psychology, Sociology, Engineering, Computer
        Science
       Many ROP courses are approved in the elective area
    Examples of CTE College Prep
              Elective
   Child Development
   Engineering I & II
   Forensic Biology
   Introduction to Education
   Introduction to Business Economics
   Journalism (Advanced and Beginning)
   Introduction to Biotechnology
   Robotics
   Sports Medicine
Policies and Programs
                  Honors Courses
   All AP and designated IB courses accepted
    automatically
   3-semester/4-quarter-unit UC-transferable college
    courses that fall within “a-g” accepted for honors
    credit
   School-created honors courses must meet
    following criteria and fall within course limitation:
       Comparable to AP, IB or college-level courses
       Intended for 11th- and 12th-graders
       Appropriate prerequisites
       Written final exam
       Meet subject-specific criteria
     Career Technology Courses
   According to CDE report, currently more than 5,600 CTE
    courses are approved to satisfy “a-g” requirements.

   Examples include engineering, agriculture, health and
    biotechnology, design, business.

   Most fall in science, VPA and elective area

   UC and CSU Faculty have established CTE guidelines for
    courses for the elective area.
        Curriculum Integration Pilot
                 Program

   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.)
   Grant money is available
   Courses that have been approved:
       Auto Physics
       Medical Arts and Science
       Physics of Electronic Robotics
New Policy: Online Courses
 UC faculty approval of online courses is a two-step
  process.
    Step 1 – Review and approve provider
    Step 2 – Review and approve courses

 Reviewers’ committee has reviewed several online
  providers’ applications.

 Faculty has approved two online providers and
  continues to work with others for approval:
   • National University Virtual HS
   • UCI Extension (UCCP)

 Full implementation of policy will take several years.
          Current Online Policy

   Until full implementation, current online
    policy will continue:
       Principal can certify course
       Add course to students transcript

   Online courses cannot satisfy the
    laboratory science or visual and
    performing arts subject requirements
    Independent Study Schools
   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.
   Intent is to ensure that students will be exposed to:
      Academic learning with guidance from a subject expert
       teacher
      A high level of academic integrity

   Letters and policy will be sent to independent study
    schools soon.
   Policy will be immediately implemented for new schools
    and schools that have a course list will have a year to
    align.
Resources and Websites
                  Doorways
   Doorways portal: doorways.ucop.edu

   Resources:

   New URLs
     Course lists: doorways.ucop.edu/list
     “A-G” Guide: www.ucop.edu/a-gGuide
     Online update: doorways.ucop.edu/update

   New URLS for all Doorways sites
Resources: “A-G” Course List
         Website
          New URL – doorways.ucop.edu/list
     Including:              Lists now include:
   AP                       Categories
   IB
                             WASC accreditation
   PASS                      information
   UCCP
                             CDS code
   CDE Ag Ed
                             School information
   CART
                                 School governance
   AVID
                                 Primary school types
   ROP/Cs                        (comprehensive, online,
   CSU                           small learning community)
                                 Secondary school types
                                 Special programs (career
                                  pathways, academies,
                                  magnets, year-round)
                                 Gold stars & blue diamonds
Resources: “A-G” Online Update
   New URL for course submission updates:
        https://doorways.ucop.edu/update
   Site will open February 25th for 2008 -
    2009 cycle
   Online submission website features:
       Revise school information, revise existing
        course lists, submit new courses
           Resources “A-G” Guide
                 Website
   www.ucop.edu/a-gGuide
   Annual updates
   Resource for:
       “a-g” requirements
       Course descriptions
       New course submission
       Cadre of Experts resources
       FAQs
       Enhancements for 2007–08
       Contact information
    Enhancements for 2007–08
   New tab: Special Resources
     Design course resources
     Project-based resources

     Curriculum integration resources

     Career technical education resources (new)

     New counselor resources (new)

    Sections will include new text, links to course
      outlines, Cadre, presentations, reports, etc.
   “Search function” capabilities for entire
    website
      Resources: Cadre of Experts

   Over 300 volunteers
   UC liaison/coordinator
   Cadre is comprised of high school educators and
    University admissions/outreach staff
   Cadre members include subject specialists,
    generalists, charter school reps., and ROP reps.
   Available to assist high school colleagues
   Listed on the “a-g” Guide web site
Questions? Contact Us…
          E-mail:
            hsupdate@ucop.edu
          Phone:
            (510) 987-9570
          Articulation questions:
            jeanne.hargrove@ucop.edu
            (510) 987-9592
          “A-G” Guide:
            jeanne.hargrove@ucop.edu
            (510) 987-9592

				
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