As you can see below, our spring 2018 semester credit hour generation is down 3.8%. Rita Delzer advised me that this is about the final number.

The Pay Plan is progressing along. The Provost’s office has sent the pay plan information to the Chancellor for his allocation. I anticipate the Pay Plan will be completed by the end of February.


Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2018 semester as of February 5, 2018, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is up 13 in net admissions (up 13 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 2 in net admissions (down 5 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 21 in admissions (up 36 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up 32 in admissions (up 44 in applications)

Spring 2018 semester credit hour generation (point in time from last year) – 3.8%


This week I had regular monthly meetings with Office of Student Services, Michael Bonds, and my regular weekly meeting with the Deans.

Deans Meeting with Provost

On Tuesday morning, I attended the Deans meeting with the Provost. Most of our time was devoted to talking about the compression/retention exercise. Dave Clark shared what L&S is doing and there was a good discussion about the exercise. The exercise won’t be completed until after the Pay Plan is completed. As per the guidelines, I will be consulting a governance group for thoughts on the process we will use.

The Provost asked us to make sure all p-card approvers have undertaken the required training. If you are a p-card approver, please contact BATO for information on the next p-card training.

Afterwards, Ron Perez gave an update on the UW Colleges adjoining to UWM. Right now, a group is developing an organizational chart, which should be available later this month. You can imagine all the details that need to be worked out, everything from personnel to finance to procurement to academics and many other issues.

Meeting with Counseling Search Finalist and announcing new ExEd Faculty

On Wednesday morning, I had breakfast with the 2nd Counseling finalist, Kelsey Autin. Kelsey has a very impressive scholarly record and I enjoyed learning about her interest in UWM. She is very interested in first generation students and the diversity of UWM.

I am also happy to announce that Dr. Sara Jozwik has accepted our offer to join the Exceptional Education faculty as an Assistant Professor. Sara is currently at Illinois State University, where she has been for the past three years. She received her Ed.D. from Illinois State and will join us this fall, although she may teach a course or two this coming summer for us. Sara’s research focuses on English language learners with learning disabilities. The search and executive committees were extremely impressed by her credentials and interview performance. I look forward to welcoming Sara to the SOE.

Gates Grant Application Meeting

On Thursday morning, I attended a meeting organized by Phyllis King with Vicki Turner, Joe Maddalena and Carol Wacker. There is a RFP from the Gates Foundation focusing on school improvement for high schools. Phyllis is going to contact Tonya Adair at MPS to see if they are pursuing this opportunity and partnering with UWM.

Faculty Assembly

On Thursday afternoon, I attended the Faculty Assembly meeting. I shared with the faculty assembly that I will be giving a charge to the Department Chairs to create a strategic enrollment plan by program for their departments to be done by the end of summer. Jeremy Page is our resident expert on enrollment management and is available as a resource for all departments to use as he can share a number of tools and initiatives being done at the campus level. I also gave an update on the faculty and advisor searches. I gave a budget update on the spring 2018 semester credit hour generation. It is down 3.8% from last spring. I shared that for this coming summer, the status quo will be in place, but if things do not change in fall 2018 and spring 2019, I would implement some form of cost saving/revenue generating measure in summer 2019 and fall 2019. And finally, I encouraged everyone to nominate SOE employee alumni for the UWM Alumni Employee Awards and to nominate alumni for the annual UWM Alumni Awards.

Liz Drame gave a brief update on the C&I and ExEd creation of a new department of teaching and learning. The two departments continue to meet and work out the details. They have started the process to gain formal approval from the university.

Afterwards, Judy Winn gave a brief report from the Curriculum Committee. She said they are looking at micro-credentials and possibly standardizing the course evaluation survey across departments.

The rest of the meeting was devoted to a presentation by Jeremy Page on enrollment management issues. He addressed everything from recruiting to retention and shared all the resources and strategies they are using. The retention committee will be holding a retention summit on study day, May 11th and will be sending out an invitation in the near future.

Bradley Tech Meeting

On Thursday, I chaired the education standards subcommittee. We discussed how many pathways Bradley Tech could support. Currently, they offer manufacturing with welding and machine tool; IT design with graphic design and Web/App development; Engineering with mechanical design; and Construction with carpentry. They will add electrical, plumbing and masonry to construction this coming fall. Scott Sommers is pushing for more business partners to provide internships and apprenticeships. The principal, Jineen Torres-McLemore reported that ALEKS is being implemented in almost all the math courses for 9th and 10th graders. We anticipate ALEKS will make a significant improvement in math proficiency this year.


SOE Board of Visitor Deb Kerr is one of three superintendents being considered by the AASA membership for the Presidency. Good luck Deb. We wish you all the best.


  • May 10th – Spring All School Meeting starts at 1:00 pm in the 4th floor Library conference room
  • May 11th – Retention Summit at TBD

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