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 September 11, 2017, point in time from a year ago.
Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 17 in net admissions (down 26 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is up 11 in net admissions (up/down 0 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 19 in admissions (up 51 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G) – up 13 in admissions (up 25 in applications)
Our Fall 2017 semester credit hours generation point in time is down -.5%.
This week I had one regular monthly meeting with the Provost, Chancellor and Provost, Educational Policy and Community Studies, Jessica Russell and Erica Yewlett, Barb Daley, Carol Wacker, and Michael Bonds.
Welcome back to School for Hartford Students
Thank you to Pounce and the Men’s and Women’s soccer teams for welcoming students back to Hartford. And thank you to Kathy Quirk for taking these nice pictures on Tuesday, September 5th.
On Monday morning, I attended the M3 meeting. We heard updates from each of the five goal groups. If you want to learn more about M3, please check out their website here. And if you want to get involved, contact Vicki Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday morning, I attended the APCC meeting as the Deans’ representative. This committee is responsible for conducting all program reviews and approving courses, programs, etc. Most of the meeting was spent organizing the various program review committees for various programs. It looks like they are 2-3 years behind in program reviews. Based on the schedule provided to us, the next SOE program to be reviewed will be C&I in the 2018-19 cycle. It looks like the self-study report will be due October 1, 2018.
Deans Provost Meeting
After the APCC meeting, I went to the Deans Provost meeting. The Provost shared that the initial enrollment numbers for this year looks better than anticipated. Final numbers will be available by the end of September.
There are forthcoming changes to the grants submission process for federal grants. Our staff including Sarah Osborne is being trained on the new web-based system, which will go live on January 1, 2018. Sponsored programs is going to request all PIs to submit their grant proposals at least 48 hours in advance of the deadline to insure any glitches with the new system don’t prevent any grant proposal from being submitted.
SOE Student Success Collaborative Meeting
On Tuesday afternoon, Jeremy and I met with Gesele Durham and her team to discuss the student success collaborative. I will be inviting Gesele to a future Deans and Chairs meeting to share the information with the chairs to share with their departments. It is critical for every faculty member/instructor to utilize the student success collaborative tools in their courses. The SSC contains early alert and other capabilities to support student retention efforts.
On Wednesday midday, I attended a Milwaukee Succeeds meeting. Tony Evers gave an update on ESSA and the education budget. We were able to ask him questions and I asked him about the proposed legislation about the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence – an alternative low quality program. He shared he was disappointed that this legislation was slipped into an amendment with no hearings or vetting and that it was likely a done deal. He said the only thing we could do is to encourage school districts not to hire anyone who gained their certification through these means. Unfortunately, given the teacher shortage and retention challenges, I suspect that won’t be an effective strategy for school districts.
All School Meeting
On Thursday afternoon, we held the All School Meeting. I recognized the contributions of the Women’s Giving Circle to our small grants program. They will be receiving an Alumni award in early October at the Alumni Gala. Afterwards, I presented the Faculty Awards to the following recipients: Research – Simone Conceicao; Teaching – Christie Peters; and Service – Ray Scolavino. Congratulations to Simone, Christie, and Ray for their outstanding contributions to the SOE.
Subsequently, the Provost and Chancellor shared their thoughts on the state of the institution, budget, and academic affairs. I appreciate the time they took to attend our All School Meeting. It illustrates their commitment to supporting the School of Education.
Afterwards, I gave a brief update on the SOE’s fall enrollment and budget situation. Overall, we are in a much better situation than we were last year. Everyone’s sacrifice is paying off and we are positioning the SOE for a better future. One indication of a healthier future is the fact that we were approved to search for two faculty positions. This is the first time in 4 years we have been able to search for faculty positions.
Following the All School meeting, the Faculty Assembly met briefly to map out some ideas for the governance groups to work on this academic year.
On Friday midday, I attended the Literacy Lab sponsored by Next Door at Bader Philanthropies in the 3rd Ward. It was an exciting presentation that fits in with trying to recruit more men of color into the teaching profession. The Literacy Lab is a program based in the DC area that is for men of color from 18-24 who first serve in paraprofessional roles in early childhood classrooms. They just finished their first cohort of 10 students who completed the one year experience. It is exciting to see efforts like this taking off, because they recognize the power of having young men of color become teachers.
AMERICA IS SLOWLY SUCKING THE LIFE OUT OF EDUCATION – STARTING WITH ITS TEACHERS
I saw this online article and thought it was provocative to share. To put it simply, teachers matter. I found this passage from the article very powerful – “Two top-performing education systems in the world are Finland and Singapore offer insight on the importance of teachers. They are markedly different: in Finland, kids start school later, around 7, they don’t have too much homework, there is little high-stakes testing. In Singapore, expectations are high, kids are tested frequently, and pressure is intense. Both systems have one thing in common: Teaching institutions are highly selective, teachers are highly-trained, and they are trusted. They are given time to work with other teachers and administrators to solve problems, in the classroom, with the curriculum, and with parents.”
WELCOME BACK APPRECIATION CONVERSATIONS
Just a reminder that our Welcome Back Appreciation conversation and cookie event is scheduled for this Wednesday, September 20th at 3pm. If you have not RSVP’d, please do so by tomorrow Tuesday at noon. The link to RSVP is: https://milwaukee.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6LOvh16g48vdxat
OBAMA FOUNDATION FELLOWS
Here is new information on the Obama Foundation Fellows program. Please see the link here for further information if you or someone you know may be interested.
IUE SPONSORED SESSION – “WHITE TEACHER, BLACK MAMA”
Here is a very powerful session that was sponsored at the Institute for Urban Education Conference in August. I was unable to attend it, but watched the video here and wanted to share it with the SOE.