Basic Academic Affairs Personnel Management Training Course

We are pleased to see so much interest in the ABSO Certificate Program. The first Basic Academic Affairs Personnel Management Course is scheduled in person on December 7th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. There will be no virtual option for this first session; however, subsequent sessions will be conducted online or asynchronously in December 2023 and January 2024.​ You must attend this first in-person meeting to fulfill the requirements of this course.

If you are interested, please sign up here, and you will be added to Canvas to receive additional course information and materials.

Note that this course is part of the Foundational track.

If you have any questions, please reach out to

Announcing ABSO Certificate Program for AA Staff

The ABSO Certificate Program is a career-building experience for professional staff in the Academic Affairs Division. ABSO will offer various courses each semester to help you develop your full potential and grow professionally at SJSU. The courses in this program are organized into three tracks to help you decide which path to focus on.

  • Foundational
    Courses offered in this track will introduce fundamental topics and help build a foundation for your future career path at SJSU.
    A minimum of 3 courses must be completed for certification
  • Exploratory
    As you explore pathways toward your career development at SJSU, these courses will pique your curiosity and help you understand more about the functional aspects of the Academic Affairs Division.
    A minimum of 2 courses must be completed for certification
  • Specialty
    Courses focused on specific areas of interest so you can level up your career development or leadership skills.
    A minimum of 2 courses must be completed for certification

To view specific courses in each track, please visit the ABSO Certificate Program webpage.

Courses are offered as synchronous and asynchronous and are administered in Canvas. Some courses may have multiple modules and dates. Participants can enroll in as many courses in each track but must complete the minimum number of courses to earn a certificate of achievement for the finished track. Assignments and quizzes are required and will impact the successful completion of the program.

Manager approval is required if a participant takes the course during work hours.

Each track can be completed within 18 – 24 months if participants follow the course schedule.

Course Schedule
Fall 2023
Basic Academic Affairs Personnel Management (10 – 12 hrs). This course consists of four modules.

  • Module 1: Position Management (time certain, in person)
  • Module 2: Assigned Time (pre-recorded, set time frame to complete)
  • Module 3: Student Employee Recruitment & Hire Process (time certain, Zoom)
  • Module 4: Academic Affairs Processes & Resources (time certain, Zoom)

 As new courses become available, they will be posted on the AA Resource Hub and announced via the ABSO blog.

This program is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and is free to all professional staff in the Academic Affairs Division.

If you are interested in participating in the ABSO Certificate Program, please register here and indicate which track you are interested in. You will be added to Canvas and grouped with your cohort. We will use Canvas to communicate information and course schedules and materials.


Training Materials for Intro To Budget Management

Earlier today, we announced that the ABSO Training Site is now live.  Under “Past Training Courses”, you can find materials that accompany our Intro to Budget Management training series:

  • Slide decks for all sessions
  • Department Funds Tracking Spreadsheet
  • Start-Up, RSCA, and Faculty Grants Tracking Spreadsheet
  • ABSO User Guide for Expense Tracking Spreadsheets



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Please contact if you have any questions or require further information.

ABSO Training Site

ABSO is pleased to announce that the ABSO Training Site is now live! This site is meant to be a tool that will provide training and professional development opportunities on a variety of topics for employees in Academic Affairs. For example, here you will find the presentation and training materials from our first workshop series. 

This site can also be found directly via the ABSO Hub. Also, the Hub’s front page has been updated to make navigation easier! Tiles have been added, replacing the old selection menu which was on the top right of the page.

Please contact if you have any questions or require further information.

ABSO training workshop series – Introduction to Budget Management Starts Tomorrow!

This is your friendly reminder to join ABSO this month for an opportunity to learn the basics of budget management. Our first of three training workshops starts tomorrow Friday, 4/14!

This workshop series offers an overview of the commonly used fund types, expense tracking, and reconciliation.  Come and learn how to track all of your financial details on one spreadsheet!  This workshop series will take place virtually over three days – April 14, 21, and 28 between 10 – 11 am.

All department admins new to Academic Affairs or interested in getting a refresher are encouraged to attend.  Please register if you haven’t yet done so using the link provided below before 4/14.