2013 Academic Academy

Event Dates

Colleges are encouraged to send STEM faculty teams to foster interdisciplinary discussions about serving the needs of STEM students.

Strong STEM Courses Promote Prosperity

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs are essential to California Community Colleges because students look to our Community Colleges for these programs; however, currently we are experiencing a lack of students majoring in STEM which puts our state and national economies at risk. Participants of this Institute will discuss what community colleges must do to increase success in STEM courses; how course work, including labs, can be taught effectively online; and how to engage student interest in STEM programs. We will also discuss the STEM Transfer Model curricula (TMC), grants, STEM retention, bridge programs, Supplemental Instruction, and classroom pedagogy. 


This event will be held at the Paradise Point Hotel & Spa located at 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego, CA 92109. Driving directions can be found here. Parking is complementary for overnight guests as well as those driving in the day of the event. For those flying, San Diego International Airport is the closest airport to the hotel. There is not a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel. For transportation planning assistance, please call (858) 274-4630.

The ASCCC group rate is $110 plus taxes. Make sure you mention you are with ASCCC to secure this rate. Rooms are still available and the rate can be secured by calling the hotel directly at 800-344-2626. ASCCC guests will receive the Passport to Paradise which includes complementary access to the following services: high speed wireless and hard-wired Internet access in guest room, all local and domestic phone calls in guest rooms, unlimited access to the fitness center, basketball, tennis, ping pong, croquet, horseshoes, and bocce ball courts.

Onsite Registration Hours

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 9am - 4pm
Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 7am - 3pm 
These hours are subject to change. 

Program Times

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 10am - 6pm
Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 8:30am - 3pm 
These hours are subject to change. 


Click on names for speaker biography 

Creating the Passion for STEM - Learning Why it is Important in this 21st Century Global Economy!
Pamela Clute, PhD   
University of California Riverside, Mathematics Professor
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Education and Community Engagement
Executive Director for the ALPHA Center

In a global knowledge-based economy, the success of each citizen and the productivity of our nation depend on reinforcing and expanding our role as a world leader in discovery and innovation. That role is determined by how we educate each student in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM]. The approach should not just present these subjects in isolation but as integrated fields which work in unison tackling complex problems while creating new knowledge which will benefit the quality of life of all citizens.

This will be a high-energy presentation with opportunity for audience interaction.  Comments will focus on engaging students in creative, innovative and relevant  learning using techniques that inform, inspire and set the stage for meaningful and continued exploration in the STEM fields.

Shifting the question from “What should students know?” to “How should students know?”
Sherry Seethaler, PhD
University of California San Diego California Teach Program Staff Director

In response to a generation of calls for STEM education reform, considerable energy has been spent defining and redefining standards for what students should know.  The pitfalls of this focus are manifold, particularly in the Information Age, when the new knowledge landscape has fundamentally changed what it means to know.  The goal of this talk is to begin to shift the focus about knowing from “what” to “how,” and to draw from the growing body of Discipline-Based Education Research to identify approaches and tools that help us equip students, not only with the skills to be lifelong learners, but also with the beliefs about knowledge and knowing that make them want to probe beneath the surface of the information that comes to them.

Encouraging STEM Success at All Levels of Education In Order to Create New Knowledge and Improve Our World
Pradeep Khosla, PhD
University of California San Diego Chancellor

STEM education and research are vital for the advancement of knowledge and the betterment of humankind.  In order to remain competitive in these areas of research and development in the United States, we must ensure the pipeline to STEM careers through outreach, education and retention. This presentation will cover the role of educators in encouraging young, bright students to pursue STEM careers, what UC San Diego is doing to promote STEM education, and how we can create opportunities for growth and support at all levels of learning.


The Academic Academy is paper-lite. The Academic Senate is trying to reduce the amount of paper we use at our events. This is an effort both to be responsible toward the environment and to increase the quality and timeliness of the resources provided. Electronic materials will replace paper and will be accessible online before, during, and after the program. It is our hope that this will encourage you to join us in our goal to be as paper-lite as possible. A program will be provided to each attendee upon arrival, however, you can download the final program now to plan your time at the Academy. Additional conference and breakout materials for your download will be available prior, during and after the Academy. Free WiFi is available to all ASCCC attendees in their guest rooms as well as in the hotel lobby. However, we encourage you to download the materials prior to arrival.

Download Final Program

Attendance Roster

Friday, February 22, 2013

Creating the Passion for STEM Learning: Way it is Important in this 21st Century Global Economy!: Creating the Passion for STEM Learning!

Creating and Maintaining Robust STEM Career Pathways: Creating and Expanding Robust STEM PathwaysCopy of STEM Immersion Initiatives Plans Greater AV; Career Pathway Information 2012 active links; AVUHSD Fact Sheet 11112; Parallel Circuit Worksheet; Algebra Connection Worksheet; Employeing Solar to Teach Persuasive Writing Program Flyer

STEM Transfer Preparation: STEM Transfer Preparation

STEM Retention and Engagement Strategies: STEM Retention and Engagement Strategies

Math TMC and the AS-T: Math TMC; CCCO TMC Template Mathematics; Narrative Template; Chaffey College Narative; Chaffey College TMC Template; Assist Articulation Agreement for Chaffey & Cal Poly Pomona; Allan Hancock AS-T in Math Information Sheet; Allan Hancock College AS-T Grid; Draft of RCC AS-T Narrative; Draft of RCC Math TMC Template

Shifting the Question from "What should students know?" to "How should students know?": Shifting the Question

Saturday, February 23, 2013

STEM TMCs Revisited: STEM TMC;  STEM TMCs Revisited 

A Research Partnership that Enhances Student Transfer & Success in STEM: Bridges to Baccalaureate: A Research Partnership that Enhances Student Transfer & Success in STEM

K-12 Standards in Math and Science Making Waves or Riding the Waves?: Preparing Future Secondary Science Teachers; CCSS & Teacher Prep; K-12 Standards in Math & Science

Science Study Skills Centers: SSC Booklet

Technology Enhanced STEM – Learning Objects, MOOCs, and OER: Technology Enhanced STEM – Learning Objects, MOOCs, and OER

Encouraging STEM Success at All Levels of Education In Order to Create New Knowledge and Improve Our World: Cultivating the STEM Pipeline

Breakout Topics

  • Evaluating your STEM program: How does yours measure up?
  • Grants in STEM 
  • Classroom Retention Strategies
  • Math TMC’s and AS-Ts
  • STEM Transfer Prep  
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI): Implementation, Outcomes and Recommendations for California Community Colleges
  • STEM Interdisciplinary Careers
  • Common Core 
  • Math Happenings 
  • The Power of Collaboration: MESA Student Research Internships
  • Science Study Skills Centers
  • STEM TMC’s Revisited



Register prior to February 14, 2013
Registration Fee: $275

Register after to February 14, 2013
Registration Fee: $350

Registration fee includes meeting materials and breakfast and lunch each day. 

Online registration has now closed. You may register onsite starting on Friday, February 22 at 9:00 a.m.

The cancellation deadline is February 14, 2013. Please review our cancellation policy before registering. All disciplines encouraged.

Payment Instructions

Checks should be made payable the Academic Senate.

Payment in full is required prior to attending the event. 

You can mail checks to 555 Capitol Mall, Suite 525, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Check, cash, and credit card payments will be accepted on site for the on-site registration amounts.

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Registration: $350


For travel arrangement purposes, please plan to arrive at the hotel for registration by 9:00 am on Friday morning and depart the hotel Saturday afternoon after 3:30 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be served on both Friday and Saturday. Dinner will be on your own.