Alan’s Weekly April 24th, 2017

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This week, Jessica Russell and I provided a budget update and forecast for 2017/18. See below under the APBC meeting.


Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2017 semester as of April 17, 2017, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 29 in net admissions (down 26 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is up 20 in net admissions (up 19 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is down 4 in admissions (up 36 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 13 in admissions (up 29 in applications)


This week I had regular monthly meetings with the Administrative Leadership, Jessica Russell and Erica Yewlett, and Carol Wacker.

Radio Interview with WUWM with Tom Luljak

On Monday morning, I had an interview with Tom Luljak at WUWM. We covered a range of topics pertaining to the School of Education and the context we operate. This was part of UWM’s 60th Anniversary celebration where all the Deans are being interviewed about their respective Schools.

APBC Meeting

Later on Monday, I attended the APBC meeting. Jessica Russell gave a budget update. Unfortunately, the budget update was not what I had hoped for, primarily due to enrollment drops. The good news is we are operating a balanced annual operating budget. For the next few years, we are anticipating a small annual profit ($130K to $220K), but this profit will go directly to pay down our carryforward debt, which stands at approximately $1.645M. I was hoping the budget surplus would be around $500K to allow the SOE to hire back strategically some faculty positions we recently lost due to faculty departures or retirements. While this is disappointing news, we have to move forward in the best manner that we can, using ad hocs to teach courses and hiring some one-year fixed term teaching academic staff where we can. I am attaching a pdf copy of the budget projections for the entire School for 2017/18 to see what we shared with APBC and Deans and Chairs.

SOE Historical & Projected Spending as of 4/17/2017 (PDF)

Deans and Chairs Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the Deans and Chairs met. Mark Harris gave a presentation on the R1 metrics. Following his presentation, Adrienne Woods shared the recent strategic plan from the Office of Charter Schools and encouraged ways the School of Education could better link to UWM’s Charter schools. Adrienne will be attending department meetings either in May or at the beginning of the next academic year to see how the School of Education can better link with our charter schools.

After providing some brief updates, Jessica Russell provided a budget update, similar to the one she provided to APBC on Monday. This spurred a lot of discussion. I shared that I am trying to meet with the Provost to discuss next steps in the next week or so. As noted above, while the budget update is not what we hoped for, I envision a path forward as long as we pull together and realize the opportunities that are available if we are willing to change and be open to new ways of operating.

Wisconsin Scholars Reception

Thursday evening I attended the Fund for Wisconsin Scholars reception at the Zelazo Center. This is a huge scholarship fund at every UW 2- and 4-year institution sponsored by Tashia and John Morgridge. Each recipient is given a scholarship for 10 semesters. At UWM alone, the fund supports over 300 students. The Morgridges are tremendous supporters of public education and their philanthropy is helping students achieve their dreams of earning a college degree. It was very inspirational to hear them talk about why they use their wealth to support thousands of students.

Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee (EDGM) Meeting

To finish the week, I attended the EDGM meeting at Marquette University. Sadique Isahaku from MATC and I provided an update on the Celebration of Teachers and Teaching event scheduled for Thursday, October 26th from 5pm to 7pm at MATC. We have secured Dr. Dipesh Navsaria from UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health to be the keynote speaker. Dr. Navsaria is a primary care pediatrician. His work focuses on the 1st 1000 days of a child’s life.


I want to congratulate Julie Kailin for being selected as one of five people for the 2017 Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) Excellence Award. This award honors faculty and staff who have shown outstanding awareness and sensitivity to students with unique needs and/or those who have integrated the concept of Universal Design into instruction. Julie will be recognized at a reception on Friday, May 12th at 2:30 pm in Union 345.


Here is a link if you want to contribute to Randy Goree’s scholarship fund with the UWM Foundation. This scholarship’s priority is for first generation students who are interested in teaching secondary history/social studies.


SOE Convocation Poster 2017 (PDF)

An event celebrating spring teacher certification completers will be on Friday, May 19th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the UWM Union Ballroom. Please encourage your students to RSVP through the invitation sent to them electronically. Questions can be directed to


  • Davis Smith Retirement Party on Friday, April 28th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in Regents Room
  • 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