Alan’s Weekly May 8th, 2017

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The Chancellor provided an update on advocacy efforts related to the budget. Here is a link to it.


Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2017 semester as of May 1, 2017, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 32 in net admissions (down 20 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is up 19 in net admissions (up 16 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 32 in admissions (up 36 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up 19 in admissions (up 32 in applications)


This week I had regular monthly meetings with Raji Swaminathan, Office of Student Services, Adrienne Woods, and Educational Psychology.

Deans and Chairs Meeting

Tuesday morning, the Deans and Chairs met. Kristen Taylor from the Office of Clinical Experiences shared that there will be 300 Principals and Assistant Principals from MPS on-campus from June 20-21st for their leadership development training. On June 21st, there is an opportunity to host any subgroup of principals and assistant principals for lunch. If you are interested in conversing with a small group of principals, please contact Kristen Taylor ASAP and she will support and try to arrange any lunch meetings.

Hope Longwell-Grice and Kerry Korinek led a discussion on S Drive storage for department documents. John Horstman will help with migrating public files to a drive. If anyone needs help backing up files from their computer, please contact BATO for assistance.

Jeremy Page provided an update on prospective student inquiries. He also shared the flow of student prospect inquiries.

Hope Longwell-Grice discussed the online course evaluations procedures. She shared there is a need to create a system for storing course evaluations. Subsequently, Hope discussed the Higher Learning Commission site visit in 2018 and WEAVE. Hope will be setting up training or work sessions on WEAVE with all relevant personnel.

The Dean shared that he and his leadership team are reviewing programs by looking at enrollment trends over eight years, completion and retention rates, and faculty FTE associated with programs. The Provost asked the Dean to assess the health of programs. This is an initial review and provides the Provost with an idea of where the programs in the SOE stand. The group developed some guiding principles for this review of programs including: 1) Faculty will not be laid off; 2) Discussion with faculty if they might be re-deployed to a program they are qualified to support; 3) Commitment to students to complete programs; 4) Informed consent; and 5) Collegial support. It was suggested to have a list of guiding prompts to help departments assess their programs.


Angel Hessel informed me last Thursday that our pass rate on the EdTPA was 97% with a number of program areas achieving a 100% pass rate. Congratulations to Angel and Les Johnson for their leadership with EdTPA and everyone else involved in producing these great results.


I read this advice by Microsoft CEO and UWM Alum, Satya Nadella and thought I would share it with everyone.


Randy Goree Scholarship Fund: For first-generation teacher education students who have an interest in history and/or citizenship. Click here if you wish to contribute to the scholarship fund.


Most Likely To Succeed is a feature-length documentary examining the history of education in the United States and revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world. The Office of Charter Schools and Pathways High School, a new UWM charter opening this Fall, are co-sponsoring a screening on Thursday, May 11th beginning at 6:00 pm in Enderis Hall, Room 103. Please consider attending or encouraging students or other interested faculty and staff to attend.


  • 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
  • Graduation Black Ceremony, 9:00 am, Sunday, May 21st at Panther Arena
  • Jacarrie Carr’s Kicks for Kids shoe donation from now until August 1st