Online course publishers

What is an online course publisher?

Online course publishers develop their own curriculum and sell or license their online courses for delivery by a teacher or administrator within the local high school or district. The publisher typically does not issue credit toward a diploma to students who complete their courses. Credit is issued instead by the student's home high school.

An online educational program that is both an online school and sells their own curriculum must also meet the requirements specific to online schools to establish and maintain an “a-g” course list.

A-G online courses

Online course publishers are responsible for obtaining “a-g” approval on behalf of the schools, districts and programs that purchase or license their courses. UC grants a three-year approval term to all online courses that are approved for "a-g" purposes. Every three years, publishers are required to complete the two-step "a-g" online course review process.

When a new course from an online publisher is approved, it is automatically placed on the publisher’s “a-g” course list. Any school, district or program offering a publisher's online course can add the approved course to their “a-g” course list using the A-G Course Management Portal (A-G CMP).

Establishing an "a-g" course list

An online course publisher wishing to establish an “a-g” course list must:

  • Complete the Online Publisher Registration Form. To submit a request to establish an “a-g” course list, please complete the Online Publisher Registration Form [PDF]. This form is designed for UC to verify that the publisher meets the University’s criteria to establish an “a-g” course list and to capture basic institutional and contact information. UC will only accept Online Publisher Registration Forms from January 1 - July 15. Publishers who submit their form prior to July 15 will receive an opportunity to submit their courses before the course submission period closes on September 15.

    This July deadline is in place to ensure that new publishers have sufficient time to populate their "a-g" course lists with approved courses before UC campuses begin reviewing undergraduate applications. Any new publishers unable to meet the July 15 deadline may submit a completed form during the following year.

    Publishers that act as both an online course publisher and an online school should also complete the registration form and school self-assessment for online schools
  • Begin preparing courses for “a-g” review. While UC reviews the Online Publisher Registration Form, publishers can begin preparing their self-assessed courses for submission to UC. Our quick-start guide for new courses (coming soon!) gives a comprehensive overview of the required course content information needed for “a-g” review and can serve as a guide in developing course descriptions for submission.

Once UC has set up the “a-g” course list, the publisher will receive an email notification, in addition to instructions on how to create login credentials for the A-G CMP. All new courses and course list updates are submitted through the A-G CMP.

Looking for a publisher's course list?

Use the A-G Course Lists website to search for an online publisher's "a-g" course list and to determine which of their courses are "a-g" approved.

Questions? Contact us!

Publishers with questions on how to establish an "a-g" course list can contact courselistreg@ucop.edu.