Connecting teachers, enriching education
The UCCI program supports UC’s teaching and public service mission by facilitating the development and implementation of model integrated courses and making them publicly available for any California high school to teach. To do this, the program brings teachers together at the UCCI Institutes and the UCCI Teacher Exchanges, and supports them as they develop new integrated courses designed to meet freshman admission requirements to the University of California and California State University campuses.
The first UCCI Institutes were held in May 2010 and were made possible by funding from the Career Technical Education Pathways Initiative (SB 70). Current funding is provided by SB 1070, which in 2012 reauthorized the Career Technical Education Pathways Program. Funding is administered by the California Department of Education, UC's partner agency.
Among the nearly 200,000 high school courses currently approved by UC’s systemwide High School Articulation unit, fewer than 200 are CTE-integrated courses in the a-g subject areas of English (“b”), math (“c”) and history (“a”). This uneven distribution across the curriculum makes it difficult for high school students to enroll in a CTE pathway while also completing courses that fulfill the “a-g” subject requirements for UC and California State University freshman admission.
The University is addressing this critical challenge through the UCCI Initiative. Integrated courses such as those developed at the UCCI Institutes demonstrate the many creative ways in which high schools can unite academic subject matter with career preparation. As more integrated courses satisfying the whole range of “a-g” subject areas are available for high schools to teach, more California students will have greater opportunities to prepare for college while exploring potential career paths.
Through the Institutes and the Teacher Exchange Program, which began in July 2013, the UC Curriculum Integration initiative connects California teachers, helping to build a community of professionals dedicated to expanding access to integrated courses for students statewide, helping them to prepare for success in college and career.