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Academic Preparation Programs (32)
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TermDefinition
Achievement GapThe U.S. Department of Education describes the achievement gap as the difference in academic performance between different ethnic groups.

In California, the gap is defined as the disparity between white students and other ethnic groups and between English learners and native English speakers, socioeconomically disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged, and students with disabilities as compared to students without disabilities.

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)Advancement Via Individual Determination is a fourth- through twelfth-grade system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. The program places academically average students in advanced classes and provides them with additional support and mentoring designed to prepare motivated but under performing students for four-year college eligibility. AVID students enroll in rigorous curriculum, including Advanced Placement courses and the AVID elective class. The program is open to all students and targets minority, rural, low-income and other students without a college-going tradition in their families.
ArtsBridgeUC ArtsBridge is the arts education outreach program of the University of California. The mission of UC ArtsBridge is to work in partnership with California public schools to provide high quality arts education to California's K-12 school children. UC ArtsBridge provides scholarships to qualified students, graduate and undergraduate, to teach the arts and conduct arts-related workshops in art, dance, drama, music, and digital arts to surrounding communities
California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP)The California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) is a partnership between California higher education institutions and public schools. CAPP awards grants to partnerships between schools, higher education institutions and business entities to improve academic programs so that more students are prepared for college. CAPP was established by the California State Legislature in 1984 for the purpose of developing cooperative efforts to improve the academic quality of public secondary schools with the objective of improving the preparation of all students for college. CAPP supports the establishment of academic partnerships between secondary schools and community colleges, public or private baccalaureate degree-granting institutions, and business enterprises aimed at: Transforming the relationships between educational institutions in ways that directly benefit students; Improving curriculum in subject areas required for admission to college; Strengthening teachers' capacities to enable all students to learn the curriculum; Enhancing the ability of students to benefit from these changes; and Improving postsecondary and business partners' understanding of these students' unique needs.
California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP)The California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) was established by the state legislature in 1978. Cal-SOAP works to improve the flow of information about postsecondary education and financial aid while raising the achievement levels of low-income, elementary and secondary school students or geographic regions with documented low-eligibility or college participation rates, and who are first in their families to attend college.

Cal-SOAP operates projects in sixteen locations throughout the state by consortia made up of secondary and postsecondary schools and community agencies. Cal-SOAP works in cooperation with other intersegmental outreach programs to avoid service duplication.

Current Cal-SOAP projects include: Central Coast (Santa Maria), Central Valley (San Joaquin), East Bay (Oakland and Richmond), Greater Long Beach Region, Los Angeles, Merced, North Coast (Eureka), North Valley (Yuba), Sacramento College Horizons, San Diego/Imperial, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Barbara, South County Gilroy, South San Joaquin, and Solano.

Because each project specializes in serving students within its community, the types of programs and services may differ. However, the projects share the common goal of improving the flow of information about postsecondary education and financial aid while raising achievement levels of targeted students. Some common services provided by the consortia includes advising, tutoring, parent outreach, and college awareness workshops.

The Cal-SOAP program is administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), with individual projects applying each year for continued state funding. By law, each state allocation must be matched by an equal or higher level of local resources. A 12-member, legislatively mandated advisory committee works with CSAC in administering the program.

California Subject Matter Projects (CSMP)The California Subject Matter Project (CSMP) is a professional development organization for educators comprised of a network of nine discipline-based statewide projects. CSMP works to improve student achievement and learning through comprehensive, discipline-based professional development of teachers, especially those who teach in the state's high priority schools.

CSMP sites are organized into 15 regional councils consisting of site leadership that includes university faculty, school and district personnel, county office coordinators and teacher leaders who work together to respond to the needs of teachers and students across the state. Sites are hosted by regional campuses of the University of California, California State University, and independent colleges and universities.

The CSMP network includes the subject matter content represented in the California K-12 standards and frameworks and all of the academic disciplines to support college entrance requirements. The CSMP provides classroom teachers with a variety of professional learning opportunities such as workshops, leadership institutes and in-service designed by teacher leaders and faculty content specialists to improve instruction for all learners. Participants engage in research and use research-based strategies to improve their practice in the teaching of reading, writing, literature, foreign language, mathematics, science, history, international studies, physical and health education, and the arts.

The nine CSMP professional development discipline-specific projects are:
  • The California Arts Project
  • California Foreign Language Project
  • California History-Social Science Project
  • California International Studies Project
  • California Mathematics Project
  • California Physical Education and Health Project
  • California Reading and Literature Project
  • California Science Project
  • California Writing Project
CAPI (Collaborative Academic Preparation Initiative)Collaborative Academic Preparation Initiatives (CAPI) is a California State University grant-funded partnership. CAPI is a collaborative effort between university and high school teachers designed to help high school students achieve their academic goals and ultimately become successful college students. Using workshops and on-site collaboration in Math and English, CAPI develops, pilots, and refines teaching strategies and techniques designed to achieve program goals.

The collaborative is made up of CSU faculty, high school faculty, and college and high school students. As of the early 200s, CAPI consisted of around 200 high school partnerships formed with 19 CSU campuses involving 231 CSU faculty members and 1,128 high school teachers

CAPI offers a variety of professional training workshops and activities that help make teaching high school a more enjoyable and successful experience for both teachers and students alike.
Central Valley ProgramsLinks and coordinates various academic preparation programs for high school students in California's Central Valley. These programs help prepare students for college and seek to improve college eligibility for high school students from the area are prepared to be attend college. These programs seek to provide a pipeline of local students for the University of California Merced campus, which opened in 2005.
Collaborative Academic Preparation Initiatives (CAPI)Collaborative Academic Preparation Initiatives (CAPI) is a California State University grant-funded partnership. CAPI is a collaborative effort between university and high school teachers designed to help high school students achieve their academic goals and ultimately become successful college students. Using workshops and on-site collaboration in Math and English, CAPI develops, pilots, and refines teaching strategies and techniques designed to achieve program goals.

The collaborative is made up of CSU faculty, high school faculty, and college and high school students. As of the early 200s, CAPI consisted of around 200 high school partnerships formed with 19 CSU campuses involving 231 CSU faculty members and 1,128 high school teachers

CAPI offers a variety of professional training workshops and activities that help make teaching high school a more enjoyable and successful experience for both teachers and students alike.
College Prep Initiative (UCCP)The UC College Prep Initiative (UCCP) is a University of California program offering Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses, tutoring, and AP exam preparation to high school students over the Internet. UCCP provides these services at no cost to students from eligible schools.

UCCP instructors are qualified and experienced subject area experts, often high school AP teachers or college professors. These online instructors are available to grade assignments, confer with students via email, and communicate in real-time during online office hours. UCCP requires that high schools designate a mentor to supervise students and facilitate course delivery. The mentor monitors student daily attendance, provides encouragement, and helps troubleshoot any technical problems that might occur.

UCCP offers a combination of courses purchased from commercial vendors and courses developed by UCCP. In partnership with UC faculty, UCCP is actively engaged in developing new courses and services. All courses meet California curriculum standards and are fully articulated with University of California admission requirements.
CSMP (California Subject Matter Projects)The California Subject Matter Project (CSMP) is a professional development organization for educators comprised of a network of nine discipline-based statewide projects. CSMP works to improve student achievement and learning through comprehensive, discipline-based professional development of teachers, especially those who teach in the state's high priority schools.

CSMP sites are organized into 15 regional councils consisting of site leadership that includes university faculty, school and district personnel, county office coordinators and teacher leaders who work together to respond to the needs of teachers and students across the state. Sites are hosted by regional campuses of the University of California, California State University, and independent colleges and universities.

The CSMP network includes the subject matter content represented in the California K-12 standards and frameworks and all of the academic disciplines to support college entrance requirements. The CSMP provides classroom teachers with a variety of professional learning opportunities such as workshops, leadership institutes and in-service designed by teacher leaders and faculty content specialists to improve instruction for all learners. Participants engage in research and use research-based strategies to improve their practice in the teaching of reading, writing, literature, foreign language, mathematics, science, history, international studies, physical and health education, and the arts.

The nine CSMP professional development discipline-specific projects are:
  • The California Arts Project
  • California Foreign Language Project
  • California History-Social Science Project
  • California International Studies Project
  • California Mathematics Project
  • California Physical Education and Health Project
  • California Reading and Literature Project
  • California Science Project
  • California Writing Project
EAOP (Early Academic Outreach Program)Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) is a program works directly with students at underserved schools to increase the number of students who have the opportunity to achieve a college education. The purpose of EAOP is to increase the number of students who have the opportunity to achieve a postsecondary education. EAOP employs four key program services-academic enrichment, entrance exams, academic advising, and college knowledge- to successfully help students attain college eligibility and attend college.

EAOP is the largest UC academic preparation program, serving over 39,000 students at 43 middle schools and 266 high schools. In 2007, EAOP provided 27,000 students with academic planning, 12,000 seniors with financial aid and college application assistance, 9,000 students with college visits, and 8,500 students with educational field trips. EAOP reports its outcomes to the legislature annually as part of the SAPEP accountability report.
Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP)Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) is an academic college-preparatory program designed for students who have the potential for college, but who need early encouragement. From elementary through high school, students work with EAOP counselors and participate in challenging, academic programs that will prepare them for university work.
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)The EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) is designed to improve access and retention of low-income and educationally disadvantaged students. EOP students have the potential to perform satisfactorily in CSU but have not been able to realize their potential because of their economic or educational background. The program provides admission, academic, and financial assistance to EOP-eligible undergraduate students.
EOP (Educational Opportunity Program)The EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) is designed to improve access and retention of low-income and educationally disadvantaged students. EOP students have the potential to perform satisfactorily in CSU but have not been able to realize their potential because of their economic or educational background. The program provides admission, academic, and financial assistance to EOP-eligible undergraduate students.
K-12 School University PartnershipsPartnerships between UC campuses and K-12 schools designed to bridge the gap between postsecondary education and educationally disadvantaged students.
LABI (Los Angeles Basin Initiative)Funded by the University of California Office of the President, and administered by the UCLA campus, the UC-Los Angeles Basin Initiative (UC-LABI) is a collaborative outreach effort of the eight undergraduate UC campuses. The aim of UC-LABI is to enhance the academic preparation and to expand the pool of educationally-disadvantaged students from Los Angeles who are eligible and competitively eligible for UC admission. UC-LABI provides funding to participating UC campuses to offer summer/intersession enrichment programs for Los Angeles County middle school and high school students, community college students, teachers, counselors and administrators.
Los Angeles Basin Initiative (LABI)Funded by the University of California Office of the President, and administered by the UCLA campus, the UC-Los Angeles Basin Initiative (UC-LABI) is a collaborative outreach effort of the eight undergraduate UC campuses. The aim of UC-LABI is to enhance the academic preparation and to expand the pool of educationally-disadvantaged students from Los Angeles who are eligible and competitively eligible for UC admission. UC-LABI provides funding to participating UC campuses to offer summer/intersession enrichment programs for Los Angeles County middle school and high school students, community college students, teachers, counselors and administrators.
Lottery-Funded OutreachThe Lottery-Funded Outreach program, supported in part by California State Lottery funds, provides high school students with an introduction to CSU campuses and programs. Services include career fairs, student recruitment, and assistance with the admission and financial aid process.
Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) is an academic enrichment program that serves educationally disadvantaged students with an emphasis, to the extent possible by law, on students from groups with low rates of college eligibility so they excel in math and science and attain math-based degrees from four-year institutions.
MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement)MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) is an academic enrichment program that serves educationally disadvantaged students with an emphasis, to the extent possible by law, on students from groups with low rates of college eligibility so they excel in math and science and attain math-based degrees from four-year institutions.
Middle College High SchoolThe Middle College High School program offers high school students the opportunity to attend college classes on community college campuses and earn credit while fulfilling their high school graduation requirements. The goal is to encourage high school students to complete college coursework and to ease their transition into college. Some campuses provide a high school on-site, while others coordinate enrollment and support services for high school students who enroll in community college classes part-time.
PAD (Precollegiate Academic Development) ProgramPrecollegiate Academic Development (PAD) Program is a unique program created by the California State University system to help middle and high school students prepare for college level courses as well as provide information and skills to enhance students' access to a higher education. Trained PAD tutors provide personalized academic enrichment in math, reading, and writing for students in selected middle and high schools to assure their success in college level courses.
Precollegiate Academic Development (PAD) ProgramPrecollegiate Academic Development (PAD) Program is a unique program created by the California State University system to help middle and high school students to prepared for college level courses as well as provide information and skills to enhance the student's access to a higher education. Trained PAD tutors provide personalized academic enrichment in math, reading, and writing for students in the selected middle and high schools to assure their success in college level courses.
Puente ProjectPuente's mission is to help educationally underserved students in California succeed academically, enroll in college and return to the community as mentors and leaders. The Puente Project provides three areas of service to students: teaching, counseling, and mentoring. Puente trains school and college staff members to conduct this program at their sites.
Talent Search ProgramThe Talent Search Program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to the postsecondary school of their choice. Talent Search also serves high school dropouts by encouraging them to reenter the educational system and complete their education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in the postsecondary education institution of their choice.
UC College Prep Initiative (UCCP)UC College Prep Initiative (UCCP) provides online Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses, textbooks, tutoring, and AP test preparation at no cost to eligible high school students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to achieve eligibility or competitive eligibility for admission to the University of California and other top universities.
UCCP (UC College Prep Initiative)UC College Prep Initiative (UCCP) provides online Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses, textbooks, tutoring, and AP test preparation at no cost to eligible high school students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to achieve eligibility or competitive eligibility for admission to the University of California and other top universities.
Upward Bound ProgramThe Upward Bound Program provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families, high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelors degree, and low-income, first-generation military veterans who are preparing to enter postsecondary education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.