Updated online course publisher policy FAQs

Online course publishers

How do we submit courses for A-G approval?

  • Online course publishers will no longer submit courses to UC for review and A-G approval. Instead, beginning January 2020 online course publishers that meet the eligibility criteria can register for UC’s directory that will serve as a statewide resource to California high schools seeking online courses to fulfill A-G subject requirements for University admissions.
  • Starting February 1, 2020, schools can 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 with an active A-G reference list. How do we register for the directory?

  • Online course publishers that currently have an active A-G reference list will be listed in UC's directory of online course publishers without needing to undergo a separate registration process.
  • 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 with an active A-G reference list. What is going to happen our A-G reference list?

  • After the submission period for the 2019-20 school year concludes (September 15, 2019), online course publishers will no longer maintain A-G reference lists with UC. Given this forthcoming change, publishers do not need to take any action for the remainder of the current A-G course submission cycle for the 2019-20 school year. This includes not needing to renew expiring courses and not submitting any new courses or course revisions for UC review.
  • Online courses not on a publisher’s A-G list and not already adopted by high schools can be self-reported by schools starting with the next 2020-21 A-G course submission cycle, which opens February 1, 2020.
  • Online publisher courses that were previously adopted by schools will automatically roll forward as of February 1, 2020 and will remain on schools’ 2020-21 A-G course lists.
  • If a school does not see a specific online course on a publisher’s 2019-20 A-G reference list that the school is planning to use during the 2019-20 school year, the school can retroactively add (i.e., self-report) the online course to their 2019-20 A-G course list after the next 2020-21 A-G course submission period opens on February 1, 2020.

 

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

  • If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can register to be included in UC’s publicly available directory of online course publishers starting January 2020.
  • Schools using your courses can retroactively add (i.e., self-report) any of your online courses to their A-G course lists from 2018-19 and onward.

 

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 will remain on schools’ A-G course lists and automatically roll forward as of February 1, 2020 so that they appear on schools’ 2020-21 A-G course lists.

 

Can schools still adopt our courses during the current 2019-20 A-G course submission period?

  • Schools can still adopt courses from your A-G reference list until the end of the current submission cycle for the 2019-20 academic year (September 15, 2019).
  • Starting February 1, 2020, schools will add online publisher courses to their A-G course list by certifying and self-reporting courses from UC-registered online course publishers.

 

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

  • Beginning in April 2019 and through the entire 2019-20 school year, UC will accept online A-G courses that students have completed to fulfill A-G subject requirements for University admissions if such courses:
    • Appear on the student’s home high school’s A-G course list; or
    • Appear on the A-G reference list of an online course publisher.
  • If you are an online course publisher that offers your own instructors for your courses and your organization is accredited as a supplementary education center/program from Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), students can take your courses to fulfill A-G subject requirements for University admissions. The forthcoming directory (available in January 2020) of UC-registered online course publishers will indicate which online publishers have earned WASC accreditation.
    • 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?

  • Until the end of the current 2019-20 course submission period (September 15, 2019), schools can continue to add online courses to your A-G course list by adopting courses from online publishers with an active A-G reference list.
  • All courses that schools have adopted from online course publishers will automatically roll forward and appear on your 2020-21 A-G course list when the next A-G course submission cycle opens on February 1, 2020.
    • Schools can also retroactively add (i.e., self-report) online courses to your 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.
  • Starting February 1, 2020, schools will add online publisher courses to your A-G course list by certifying and self-reporting courses from UC-registered online course publishers.
    • More information about certifying and self-reporting courses can be found in the summary of the updated online course policy.
    • Step-by-step instructions about self-reporting courses via the A-G Course Management Portal (CMP) will be available when the course submission period for the 2020-21 academic year opens on February 1, 2020.

 

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

  • Courses adopted from online course publishers will remain on your school’s A-G course list and will automatically roll forward as of February 1, 2020 to appear on your 2020-21 A-G course list.

 

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

  • After the submission period for the 2019-20 school year concludes (September 15, 2019), online course publishers will no longer maintain A-G reference lists with UC.
  • Instead, online course publishers that meet the eligibility criteria can register to be listed in UC’s directory that will serve as a statewide resource to California high schools seeking online courses to fulfill A-G subject requirements for University admissions.
  • Starting February 1, 2020, schools can add online publisher courses to their A-G course list by certifying and self-reporting courses from UC-registered online course publishers.

 

What are UC-endorsed online courses?

  • Online course publishers that independently seek and earn Quality Matters (QM) certification for their courses will be spotlighted in UC’s public directory.
  • QM-certified courses that are self-reported by high schools will be highlighted as UC-endorsed online courses.
  • The online course publisher’s QM-certified courses will be exempt from UC’s annual online A-G course verification process.

 

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

  • Beginning in April 2019 and through the entire 2019-20 school year, UC will accept online A-G courses that students have completed to fulfill A-G subject requirements for University admissions if such courses:
    • Appear on the student’s home high school’s A-G course list; or
    • Appear on the A-G reference list of an online course publisher.
  • 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. The forthcoming directory (available in January 2020) of UC-registered online course publishers will indicate which online publishers have earned WASC accreditation.
    • 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.