Updated online course publisher policy FAQs

Online course publishers

How do we submit courses for A-G approval?

  • Online course publishers no longer submit courses to UC for review and A-G approval. Instead online course publishers that meet the eligibility criteria can register to be listed in UC’s directory that serves as a statewide resource to California high schools seeking online courses to fulfill A-G subject requirements for University admissions.
  • Schools add online publisher courses to their A-G course list by certifying and self-reporting courses from UC-registered online course publishers.

 

We’re an online course publisher that had an active A-G reference list. How do we register for the directory?

  • Online course publishers that had active A-G reference lists prior to January 2020 are now listed in UC's directory of online course publishers
  • Online course publishers that offer your own instructors along with your courses will need to submit documentation of your WASC accreditation as a supplementary education center/program if you would like to be identified in UC’s directory as a publisher that provides both online instruction and online curriculum.

 

We’re an online course publisher that had an active A-G reference list. What happened to our A-G reference list?

  • When the submission period for the 2019-20 school year concluded (September 15, 2019), online course publishers no longer maintained A-G reference lists with UC. 
  • Online courses not on a publisher’s A-G list prior to January 2020, and not already adopted by high schools, can be certified and self-reported by schools starting with the next 2020-21 A-G course submission cycle, which is now open, as of February 1, 2020. 
  • Online publisher courses that were previously adopted by schools were automatically rolled forward when the 2020-21 submission period opened on February 1, 2020. These courses will remain on schools’ 2020-21 A-G course lists.

 

We’re an online course publisher that previously had an A-G reference list. How do we get added to the directory?

 

What will happen to courses that schools adopted from us as an online course publisher with an active A-G reference list?

  • Courses adopted from online course publishers and listed on schools’ A-G course lists were automatically rolled forward as of February 1, 2020 and remain on schools’ 2020-21 A-G course lists.

 

Can students take courses taught by our instructors to fulfill A-G subject requirements for UC admissions?

    • If you are partnering with a school to offer an online course taught by your instructor in lieu of a teacher at the local school site, then the school must certify and self-report the online course so it will appear on the school’s A-G course list as a course option that’s available to any and all eligible students at the school.
    • If an individual student is independently enrolling in an online course taught by an online publisher’s instructor and it is not a course being offered to all students at the student’s school, the school is not required to certify and self-report the course to add it to their A-G course list. The school, however, must still review and, if appropriate, grant principal certification for the publisher’s course if it is to be used by an individual student to fulfill an A-G subject requirement.

Schools

How do I add online publisher courses to my A-G course list?

 

What will happen to the courses I previously adopted from online course publishers?

  • As of February 2020, all courses that schools adopted from online course publishers prior to January 2020 were automatically rolled forward and now appear on your 2020-21 A-G course list.
  • Please note: schools can also retroactively add (i.e., self-report) online courses to their A-G course list as long as the course is from a publisher that is listed in UC’s new directory of registered online course publishers.

 

How will I know which online course publisher courses are A-G approved?

  • As of February 2020 online course publishers no longer maintain A-G reference lists with UC.
  • Now, online course publishers that meet the eligibility criteria can register to be listed in UC’s directory that serves as a statewide resource to California high schools seeking online courses to fulfill A-G subject requirements for University admissions.
  • As of February 1, 2020, schools can now add online publisher courses to their A-G course list by certifying and self-reporting courses from UC-registered online course publishers.

 

What is a UC-endorsed online publisher course?

 

Can students take courses taught by online course publishers to fulfill A-G subject requirements for UC admissions?

  • If the online course publisher offers their own instructors for their courses and is accredited as a supplementary education center/program from Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), students can take the course through the online course publisher to fulfill A-G subject requirements for University admissions. 
    • If your school is partnering with an accredited online course publisher to offer an online course to your students taught by the online course publisher’s instructor in lieu of one of your own teachers, your school must be sure to certify and self-report the online course so it will appear on your school’s A-G course list as a course option that’s available to any and all eligible students at your school.
    • If an individual student is independently enrolling in an online course taught by an online publisher’s instructor and it is not a course being offered to all students at your school, the school is not required to certify and self-report the course to add it to your A-G course list. The school, however, must still review and, if appropriate, grant principal certification for the publisher’s course if it is to be used to fulfill an A-G subject requirement.