Alan’s Weekly May 1st, 2017

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BUDGET UPDATE

There was no budget updates this past week.

APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS UPDATE

Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2017 semester as of April 24, 2017, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 26 in net admissions (down 29 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is up 18 in net admissions (up 23 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 8 in admissions (up 36 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up/down 0 in admissions (up 30 in applications)

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

This week I had regular monthly meetings with the Nadya Fouad and Kathy Quirk.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Tuesday morning, I attended the Deans bi-weekly meeting with the Provost. Most of the discussion pertained to enrollment numbers at other UW campuses. In particular, UW-Madison is up 8% and is admitting 2,000 more undergraduates, which in general, does not bode well for UWM. UWM’s admissions are up 4.9% as an institution, but the key will be the yield rate.

Annual Cooperating Teachers Gala

Tuesday evening, the Office of Clinical Experiences hosted the 2nd Annual Cooperating Teachers Gala sponsored by Roy Hinz and the Meemic Foundation at the Italian Conference Center. I want to thank Kristen Taylor, Kim Jacobson, Corby Anderson, and Jenny Brownson from the Office of Clinical Experiences for organizing this event. I also want to thank Hope Longwell-Grice for filling in for me when I felt ill. All the cooperating teachers in attendance had a good time and felt appreciated for the work they contribute to supporting our aspiring teachers.

Length of Service Ceremony

Wednesday afternoon was the length of service ceremony in the Union Ballroom. It was great to honor so many people who have been at UWM. The SOE honored the following people: Erica Yewlett (10), Hope and Rob Longwell-Grice (15), Rita Delzer (20), Karen Stoiber (25), and Amy Otis-Wilborn (30). In addition, the following people reached length of service milestones: 10 years – Andrea Azarian, Shannon Chavez-Korell, Dario Elia, Mary Fitzgerald, Marika Kovacs-Houlihan, Liliana Mina, Jessica Russell, and Marie Sandy; 15 years – Raquel Farmer-Hinton, Tania Habeck, and Meghan Steinmeyer; 20 years – Laura Owens; 30 years – Tony Hains.

Davis Smith Retirement Party

Friday mid-day was Davis Smith’s retirement party in the Regents Room. It was Davis’s last day at UWM. I am going to miss seeing Davis every morning when he opens the Enderis Hall doors and drinks his coffee on the outside bench. Davis is a great example of someone who is always willing to give and be kind to others. He did the little things that made a difference, yet often went unnoticed.

Bradley Tech Education Subcommittee Meeting

Friday afternoon, I chaired the Bradley Tech Education subcommittee meeting. Bradley Tech is making good progress on student attendance and lowering student suspensions. They are also doing a lot of good things on the extracurricular side of the house.

This fall, Bradley Tech is preparing to add new pathways for electrical, plumbing, and masonry. The unknown question is whether there will be enough students in each pathway to warrant offering them as stand alone course sections, or will they have to use youth options to take the courses at MATC. Another issue we are grappling with is the development of a trade and technology survey course. We want the trade and technology teachers to finish the course design by the end of the school year. For some reason, the course design has been dragging along at a very slow pace. We also need to provide professional development for the trade and technology teachers in order for them to deliver the new courses. A fourth issue we are dealing with is the effective use of ALEKS to help remediate students in their math courses. We were informed today that the teachers do not know how to use ALEKS to help their students, so we are arranging for ALEKS training support.

In addition, more students are on track to receive dual credit courses with MATC. The most challenging aspect is improving the traditional academic indicators like reading, writing, and math proficiency. Things have to change if we want to see the results move in the right direction. I think the coming year will be critical to showing systemic improvement across academic metrics.

WELCOME ALBIN ROSARIO IN BATO

Please welcome Albin Rosario in BATO. Albin started on April 10th and joins our IT support crew of Keith Emmons, Dario Elia, and Biong Yang.

WiFoRT WEBSITE

Here is the new link to the UWM WiFoRT website. I want to thank Krissy Lize, Dario Elia and Les Johnson for making this happen.

“MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED” VIEWING

Most Likely To Succeed is a feature-length documentary examining the history of education in the United States and revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world. The Office of Charter Schools and Pathways High School, a new UWM charter opening this Fall, are co-sponsoring a screening on Thursday, May 11th beginning at 6:00 pm in Enderis Hall, Room 103. Please consider attending or encouraging students or other interested faculty and staff to attend.

INTERESTING NY TIMES ARTICLE

Here is an interesting NY Times op-ed entitled, “Where did all the Black Teachers go?”.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Academic Staff Awards, Nominations due Monday, May 1st
  • All School Meeting, Thursday, May 11th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in Union Ballroom East
  • V&R Meeting, Friday, May 12th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at Hefter Center
  • Jacarrie Carr’s Kicks for Kids shoe donation from now until August 1st