MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017


There were no budget updates this past week. The week of March 13th to 17th, I will be on vacation, so there will be no Monday message on March 20th.


Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2017 semester as of March 6, 2017, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 25 in net admissions (down 31 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is up 4 in net admissions (up 23 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 13 in admissions (up 34 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 8 in admissions (up 26 in applications)


This week I had a regular monthly meeting with Hope Longwell-Grice, Johannes Britz, Raji Swaminathan, Mark Mone, Adrienne Woods, Jeremy Page, Razia Azen, and Simone Conceicao.

Charter School Strategic Planning Session

On Monday morning, I attended the last strategic planning session for the Office of Charter Schools. The bulk of the time was spent reviewing a draft of the mission, goals, and strategy to accomplish the goals. I am hopeful that the Office of Charter Schools gained a lot of useful input and can use the strategic planning sessions to better position themselves to achieve their five year goals.

Deans and Chairs Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the Deans and Chairs met for our bi-weekly meeting. After I provided some reminders and brief updates, Jessica Russell provided an update on the Redbook budget including a review of each department’s full time equivalency for faculty and staff (FTE) and S&E calculation. Jessica and I will be reviewing the S&E budget in the coming weeks to determine if any adjustments need to be made.

John Tharp and Karen Stoiber came in as guests to provide an overview on the Vision and Restructuring committee’s work and timeline.

Subsequently, there was an extended discussion on workload issues. There are disparities across the School about who receives unfunded buyouts. The chairs agreed to discuss this issue at their next meeting and bring a recommendation to APBC and the Deans and Chairs for their respective review.

Kerry Korinek provided information on a calendar for schedule builders. She also provided a list of all SOE committees and which members need to be replaced. She requested all replacements be identified by the end of the spring semester.

Finally, Jessica Russell reminded everyone about the importance of completing the mandatory online Title IX training. Everyone should have received an e-mail about 2-3 weeks ago. Everyone needs to complete it by June 30th. She also shared that there is a new legal requirement that special course fees for materials needs to include language that says students can opt out and buy the materials on their own. Jessica will be providing further clarification as soon as it is available.

Faculty Assembly Meeting

On Thursday, I attended the Faculty Assembly meeting. I provided a few updates on upcoming meetings and addressed a question about the academic prioritization process that the Deans and Chairs are initiating. I also shared that Hope Longwell-Grice and the Academic Affairs staff is attending department meetings to solicit constructive feedback on the staff centralization operations. They will also elicit feedback through the dashboard website as well as set up a meeting in April to learn about ways they can improve the services they provide.


The Vision and Restructuring committee asked me to clarify some issues surrounding their work. First of all, I want to thank the committee for their work since last summer and moving forward. I believe the five recommendations they put forth provide some direction for moving the SOE along. It is anticipated that their remaining role is to facilitate the dialogue on one of the recommendations – program realignment and departmental structure. Evidently, there has been a question about people on the Vision and Restructuring committee being compensated in some way. The only compensation from the Dean’s office has been to provide lunches during their all day meetings and granting a request to provide a one-course buyout for one of the co-leaders of the group. This request was submitted in January to me and in consultation with the Provost, the request was approved for this semester. The Provost and I do not anticipate granting any further compensation requests related to this work and committee going forth.


Here is a provocative article written by Sir Ken Robinson on creating a learning revolution.


Jennifer Mueller shared this online article with the Vision and Restructuring committee and I thought it would be thought provoking for everyone in the SOE to read it. Here is the link.


Please find the attached letter from Vicki Martin, President of MATC, which provides an important update on Bradley Tech High School. The M3 partnership is an emerging community collaboration comprised of Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Area Technical College and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to provide a strong talent pipeline to businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. M3 continues to work diligently at Bradley Tech to improve student outcomes and to better link our students to colleges and careers of their choice in the Milwaukee area. Bradley Tech’s success is crucial to the economic vitality of our region and we hope you’ll share this update with your colleagues and friends.


Congratulations to the SOE trivia team that won the Chancellors Tournament of Champions on March 9th! Our team was the top performer in the semi-finals, and bested the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences in the finals. The team consisted of student members Bill Brownlow and Sara Kay Gengler, faculty member Erin Wiggins, and staff members Allee Hochmuth, Ryan Mason, and Jeremy Page.


Davis Smith, our custodian for Enderis Hall is retiring after 40 years on the job. His last day will be Friday, April 28th. When you see him over the next 6 weeks, please share your appreciation to him for all his years of service to UWM and the School of Education.