Alan’s Weekly August 21st, 2017

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BUDGET UPDATE

There was no budget update from 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 August 14, 2017, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 18 in net admissions (down 25 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is up 17 in net admissions (down 2 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 28 in admissions (up 61 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up 27 in admissions (up 34 in applications)

Our Fall 2017 semester credit hours generation point in time is up .5%.

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

This week I had regular monthly meetings with Mike Steele, Liz Drame, Jeremy Page, Chancellor and Provost, and Carol Wacker.

M3 Meetings

On Monday morning, I attended several M3 meetings. M3 is starting to ramp up its work. I encourage anyone who is interested in participating in M3 work to contact Vicki Turner at turner@uwm.edu to see how you can become involved. In particular, they are looking for expertise in content areas, specifically, math, science, and literacy. Several SOE faculty have already been involved with curricular and professional development opportunities. Here is an update that was sent this past Thursday about M3’s progress.

Deans and Chairs Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the Deans and Chairs met. I shared information on the two approved searches to be launched this fall. I also shared with the chairs that they should be mindful and diligent in reviewing p-card usage. BATO will be sending out information on proper p-card usage. I asked the chairs to encourage their faculty to send me any publications, awarded grants, honors, or elected professional positions from their faculty and I will mention them in my Monday message.

The new budget model for the SOE will be implemented at the earliest in Spring 2018 or it could be delayed until Fall 2018. The start date will be dependent on the development of a budget model that is in sync with the new campus budget model. Jessica is consulting the Business Administration division and the Budget Director. Jessica provided some other budget related updates pertaining to new course fee policies and tech store purchases.

There was a discussion on how Educational Psychology is planning to move to a differentiated workload and Stephen Wester provided an overview of their plan. Michael Bonds asked about how the new budget model will impact the development of new programs/proposals. With the exception of requesting new faculty lines, departments will have the latitude to pursue new initiatives as long as they stay within their budget. Finally, Hope Longwell-Grice led a discussion on micro-credentials. Hope will be working with the chairs to gather further information and determine if this is something each department wants to pursue.

Deans Retreat at School of Freshwater Sciences

Thursday afternoon, the Provost held a Deans Retreat at the School of Freshwater Sciences. It was nice to discuss our shared experiences and learn what other schools and colleges are doing to support student success, research, and community engagement. The Chancellor, Provost, and Joan Prince provided updates and addressed “The Year Ahead.” Dev Venugopalan and Dave Clark led a discussion on human capacity building. They shared data on the demographics of UWM’s faculty and teaching academic staff.

EAB Training

On Friday morning, Jeremy, Hope, and I participated in an EAB training session on Academic Performance Solutions (APS). Academic Performance Solutions is a product designed to empower academic and financial leaders with department-specific performance and cost data—as well as reliable peer benchmarks—they need to make more effective decisions. The training was good and it provides us with a tool to better schedule and accomplish fill rates for courses among other things.

SOE TEAM TIES FOR 1ST PLACE IN UWM SUMMER GOLF LEAGUE

The SOE tied for 1st place in the UWM Summer Golf League this past Monday. The SOE golf team is comprised of Rob Longwell-Grice (Captain), Christine and Bob Anderson, Ray Anthony Fikes, Alberto Maldonado, William Velez, and Torry Rufer among others.

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL FOR HARTFORD UNIVERSITY

On Tuesday, September 5th from 7:00 to 7:15 am, please help welcome the students from Hartford back to school. Pounce and the UWM women and men’s soccer teams will be there. Last year was the first year, Hartford and UWM’s SOE collaborated on the “Welcome back to School” and we plan to make it an annual tradition. The Principal, Shannon Kilsdonk really appreciates the support and encouragement the SOE gives her students to start the new school year.

SIMONE CONCEIÇÃO INVITED TO BE A PART OF THE HORIZON HIGHER EDUCATION EXPERT PANEL

Congratulations to Simone Conceição for being invited to be part of the Horizon Higher Education Expert Panel. The Panel of Experts is commissioned to identify the trends that will drive technology adoption; the challenges that will impede the technology options available to institutions unless resolved; and the new developments in technology that the global Higher Education sector is most likely to consider over the next five years.

TEACHER TURNOVER CHALLENGE

Here is a recent report about the teacher turnover challenge by Desiree Carver-Thomas and Linda Darling-Hammond. According to the authors, “To stem teacher turnover, federal, state, and district policymakers should consider improving the key factors associated with turnover: compensation, teacher preparation and support, and teaching conditions.”

UWM FREE SPEECH AND HATRED

Here is a link to Chancellor Mone’s message on UWM’s stance on Free Speech and Hatred. In wake of what happened at UVA in Charlottesville, I encourage everyone to read the Chancellor’s thoughts.

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • September 14th – Fall All School Meeting in Library 4th Floor Conference Room, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • October 2nd – Sabbatical proposals due to Dean’s office