Alan’s Weekly August 29th, 2016

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There were no budget updates from this past week.


Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2016 semester as of August 22, 2016, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is up 74 in net admissions (up 52 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is up 1 in net admissions (down 25 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 13 in admissions (up 65 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up 88 (up 92 in applications)

Fall semester credit hour generation – No update this past week


Provost’s Deans Meeting

This past Tuesday, I attended a Deans meeting with the Provost. The Provost shared that we are trending downward 5% in our fall enrollment. This is greater than the 3-3.5% that was assumed due to a smaller incoming freshmen class than our outgoing graduating class when we had our largest enrollments in 2010.

A draft document was shared with the Deans about the one-time stipend and who would be eligible. The Chancellor will release the stipend details in September at his plenary address.

Robin Van Harpen shared with the Deans that the Board of Regents approved the Capital Projects, but it will be up to the legislature to authorize the funding for the projects. UWM has five projects including the NW Quad, renovations to the Chemistry and Engineering buildings, an IT fiber optics project, and a basketball practice facility.

There are a number of committees looking at issues like course duplication, integrated shared services, academic program approval, and three policies passed by the Board of Regents (post-tenure, tenure policy, and eliminating programs). There is also a group headed up by Alberto Maldonado that is looking at how UWM can position itself to become a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). HSI designation requires that 25% of the student enrollment is of Hispanic descent. UWM is currently at 9%. An institution with this designation becomes eligible for restricted federal funds.

As you can see, there are a lot of things going on across campus and this is going to be a very busy and challenging year. I will do my best to keep you informed. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me and I will share what I can with the SOE.

Integrated Shared Services Meeting

Tuesday midday, I attended a meeting of the Integrated Shared Services (ISS) committee. This committee is winding down its initial work. We heard a presentation from the Huron consulting representative about the proposed model the campus is looking at for integrated shared services involving human resources, finances, and instructional technology. From my perspective, the proposed model looks a lot like a coordinated and standardized model of BATO with 2-5 hubs (hubs are units like BATO spread throughout campus). I believe this is going to be a good change for the campus, because it will make us more efficient and effective.

Lunch with Hartford Avenue Elementary School Principal Shannon Kilsdonk

On Tuesday for lunch, I hosted the new principal at Hartford Avenue Elementary School, Ms. Shannon Kilsdonk. Dan Donder and Hope Longwell-Grice also attended. The lunch meeting was very productive and Ms. Kilsdonk is very receptive to collaborating with the SOE in a number of areas. As some of you may know, the relationship between the SOE and Hartford has been hot and cold over the years and I am hoping this represents a new era of collaboration. Hope will be working with SOE faculty to touch basis with Ms. Kilsdonk on potential areas of common interest and professional development. Dan Donder will be working with Ms. Kilsdonk to explore field experience, tutoring, and student teaching opportunities.

Student Teaching Orientation

On Wednesday morning, I had the pleasure of sending off this semester’s group of student teachers. Student teaching orientation and graduation are two events I enjoy participating in every semester. This group of student teachers seems to be larger than in past semesters, although it could have been the way the room was configured. It is always rewarding to see another semester of bright and excited student teachers going off to make a difference. I want to thank Dan Donder, Kim Jacobson, Jennifer Vitrano, and Corby Anderson for organizing the orientation as well as everyone else who participated in some aspect of the orientation program.

SOE Climate Meeting

On Wednesday midday, I met with the Provost and Ben Schneider to debrief about the 7 climate meetings we had this summer and discuss next steps. Based on our conversation, it is evident to me that my leadership style is a source of the climate challenges, so I am planning to work this year to do better in the areas of communication, transparency, and learning more about what each department and unit does. As a first step, whenever possible, I plan to attend the first thirty minutes of all department and unit meetings to provide any updates, answer any questions, and learn about what is happening in each unit. Second, I plan to meet individually with as many program coordinators to get an overview of the programs they oversee. This will help me better understand the programs, so when I am out in the community, I can better connect with people to programs in the SOE.

Third, I am going to consult the Deans and Chairs about holding a special All School meeting in October devoted solely to improving the SOE climate. I am working with someone to assist with facilitating this meeting. I believe it is important for people in the SOE to get to know each other better on a personal level. By providing opportunities for people to get to know each other better, it builds trust and improves the climate.

Fourth, as part of this process to improve the climate, I will enlist the assistance of all the governance and advisory groups in the SOE to suggest ways to improve the SOE climate.

As the Dean, I am ultimately responsible for everything that goes on in the SOE and I accept that when things are not going well, it is my fault and I will try my best to do better in the future, so that we can improve the school climate. Yet, I also realize I cannot improve the climate alone and I need everyone’s support and assistance to accomplish this. The school climate is not something that can be “fixed” overnight, but rather it is an on-going process of continuous improvement. I hope everyone in the SOE will join me in doing what you can to do to create a culture and climate where we have a team spirit of collaboration, cooperation, and empathy.


Here is an online article from Education Week on student mobility. It highlights the challenges of student mobility on academic achievement and learning.


Here is a nice article about a collaborative project entitled, ArtWorks, spearheaded by a non-profit founded by Laura Owens in Exceptional Education. This is a nice example of the SOE’s community engagement in Milwaukee.

This past week, Mike Steele was notified that he and his colleagues (Kate Johnson, Samuel Otten, Beth Herbel-Eisenmann, and Cynthia Carver) were the recipients of the 2016 Journal of Research on Leadership Education’s Best Article Award. Their article entitled, Improving Instructional Leadership Through the Development of Leadership Content Knowledge: The Case of Principal Learning in Algebra will receive the award at the November 2016 UCEA Annual Convention in Detroit. Congratulations to Mike and his colleagues for being recognized for their article.


  • 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