Expanding Student Options to Meet the University of California’s A-G Requirement through Online Courses


Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 10:30am

Many colleges and universities are seeking innovative ways to establish enrollment standards that successfully prepare students for college by delivering well-rounded and balanced core concepts. As a result, some universities, like the University of California (UC) system, have implemented an A-G course requirement where students enrolling for admission into any UC school need to have taken at least 15 A-G courses, or the equivalent, with at least a grade of C or better. Students can meet this requirement through traditional courses, or online courses.  

The A-G requirement is designed to give high school students experience in college preparatory courses in English, Math, Social Sciences, languages other than English, in addition to the Visual and Performing Arts. Through this rigorous requirement, which extends across a range of subject areas, students are afforded a more balanced curriculum by way of their high school courses, and are better prepared for collegiate study.

The University of California’s website says, “These courses (A-G) are to be academically challenging, involving substantial reading, writing. . . show serious attention to analytical thinking, factual content and developing students' oral and listening skills.” All courses are reviewed by one of the university’s subject area analysts to verify that the course is on par with the university’s standards for college preparatory coursework.  Online courses undergo additional scrutiny as UC “aims to ensure that students have access to a broad range of high-quality online courses that maintain the ‘human touch’ and integrity of assessment.”

In fact, just recently, the University of California provided A-G approval for 95 Fuel Education courses; this makes FuelEd the online and blended course provider with the most approved courses on the market. 

FuelEd’s A-G courses are conducive to student success for many reasons: the challenge within the courses themselves, the unique and engaging subject matter, and the wide range of study that those courses cover.  For example, in the FuelEd list of approved courses, one can find courses such as “Gothic Literature: Monster Stories” and “Anthropology I: Uncovering Human Mysteries” in addition to several AP courses like AP Calculus and AP Macroeconomics. The range and depth of such courses positions students for success – whether in the UC system or elsewhere.

For a full list of the FuelEd approved A-G courses, click here.

For a University of California A-G course guide, click here


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