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UC Irvine Launches New University Preparation Program

Online Modules Give Entering Freshmen Early Exposure to University-level Courses, Setting Foundation For Academic Success

IRVINE, Calif. – July 16, 2013 – Students preparing to enter as freshmen at a University of California campus this fall are invited to take advantage of a new preparatory program offered through the University of California, Irvine Extension. The “University Preparation Program,” a set of online modules, is designed to help new undergraduate students prepare for the academic rigor of university studies. Each of the five modules covers gateway topics such as math, science and writing. The modules, which start as early as July 29, are appropriate for students planning to attend the University of California as well as other universities and community colleges, and may also be of interest to academically-motivated high school students.

“These modules are designed to support students’ individual learning needs,” explained Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D., dean of Continuing Education, Distance Learning and Summer Session. “Students will develop core skills, enhance subject knowledge, and get a head start in pursuing their undergraduate studies or preparing for college – with the added benefit of relieving some freshman-year stress. The University Preparation Program will help students develop effective learning strategies and gain a strong foundation for future success in meeting the demands of a rigorous undergraduate academic experience.”

The program includes five modules: algebra, pre-calculus, pre-chemistry, preparation for introductory biology and preparation for university writing. Each module includes video lectures, online peer interaction through discussion forums, and exercises. The math and science modules use ALEKS, a web-based learning and assessment system that applies adaptive questioning to evaluate student knowledge and then presents the student with the specific topics that he/she is ready to learn.

The modules cost $95, with the exception of “Preparation for Introductory Biology, which is free of charge and offered on the Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) platform Coursera.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit