Alan’s Weekly August 22th, 2016

Alan's Weekly: The Adventures of a Dean banner

BUDGET UPDATE

There were no budget updates from this past week.

APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS UPDATE

Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2016 semester as of August 15, 2016, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is up 70 in net admissions (up 52 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 2 in net admissions (down 26 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 24 in admissions (up 58 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up 92 (up 84 in applications)

Fall semester credit hour generation – down 8.1%

As you can see above, our semester credit hour generation continues to trend downward, so I asked the chairs for any assistance they can provide in the coming weeks prior to the start of the semester. The advisors are communicating with students and encouraging them to register for classes and take at least 15 hours.

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

This past week was relatively light on education or budget related activities except for regular meetings with direct reports, development activities, and a number of social engagements.

CEMAT

On Wednesday morning, Jeremy Page and I attended the Chancellor’s Enrollment Management Team meeting in the Union Wisconsin Room. There were approximately 75 people in attendance. Education Advisory Board (EAB) gave a presentation on best practices for attracting and retaining students. Jeremy and I gleaned some good information on how to better offer our scholarships.

There were also seven presenters from financial aid to university relations sharing the type of work being done to help improve our enrollments. Tom Luljak shared results from focus groups conducted in the Chicago area. He shared the focus groups revealed that people in Chicago do not know about UWM, but when they find out that UWM is close to the Lake and offers a lot of programs, their interest gets piqued. As a result, UWM is investing more resources into Chicago for the coming year.

There was a lot of good information shared and the Chancellor is going to be sharing it with the campus community. There was a good exchange of ideas during a discussion period. I offered up the question, “what does UWM need to stop doing?” For me, this is an obvious question, because we cannot continue to put item after item on an already full plate. In my opinion, some things have to come off the plate and I realize this is difficult for people to think of, because they get comfortable in doing what they have been doing for years. Yet, they may not realize there are better, more efficient and effective ways to do the same thing. These are the difficult conversations I believe UWM, as a whole must have if we are going to transform and position the institution for success.

WELCOME BACK

Today is the official start day of faculty contracts, so I want to welcome the faculty back. I hope you had a productive and enjoyable summer. I know many of you were busy with activities ranging from serving on the visioning and restructuring committee to teaching to providing professional development for teachers and other constituents to writing and working on research.

THE BEST SCHOOL SIN THE WORLD DO THIS, WHY DON’T WE?

Here is an article I read on NPR that articulates what the best schools in the world do and asks why don’t we? It is an intriguing and insightful article.

TEACHING TRAUMATIZED KIDS

I read this article and found it very thought provoking about how we can help kids who experience multiple traumas in their life.

KUDOS

Congratulations to Reuben Harpole (Educational Policy and Community Studies), BS ’78, Honorary PhD ’05, Humanitarian for being selected as the recipient of the 2016 Alumni Award for Community Service Award. In addition, Nikiya Harris Dodd (Educational Policy and Community Studies), BS ’01, MS’07, Wisconsin State Senator and Nicholas Hartlep (Administrative Leadership), PhD ’12, Assistant Professor, Illinois State University were selected for the Graduate of the Last Decade (Graduate) GOLD awards.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Sign up to welcome students back to Hartford Avenue Elementary School as part of MPS Day One Back to School Welcome on September 1st from 8:25 –  9:25 am.
  • First Friday hosted by SOE/HBSSW, Friday, September 9th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at TBD
  • Thursday, September 29th, All School Meeting from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 4th Floor Library conference room
  • UWM Homecoming week, October 4th – 8th
  • UWM Alumni Gala, Friday, October 7th
  • Saturday, October 8th, Panther Prowl starting at 10:00 am