Alan’s Weekly September 4th, 2017

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There will be no Monday message next week on September 11th since I will be on vacation. 


There was no budget update from this past week.


Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2017 semester as of August 28, 2017, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 18 in net admissions (down 26 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is up 12 in net admissions (down 1 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 37 in admissions (up 47 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up 31 in admissions (up 20 in applications)

Our Fall 2017 semester credit hours generation point in time is up .6%.


This week I had one regular monthly meeting with the Chancellor, Provost, and Phyllis King. I also met with search committee chairs Barb Daley and Tania Habeck, and the Administrative Leadership search committee.

Provost Deans Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the Deans met for our bi-weekly meeting with the Provost. The Deans continued to share what each of us is doing in the areas of student success, research, and community engagement. Pat Borger gave us an update on the Comprehensive Campaign. There will be a public lunch on September 26th at We Energies and campus launch on October 3rd around lunchtime at Spaights Plaza. The Provost will be sending two separate memos to the campus about p-card usage and official building hours.

Staff Advisory Committee Meeting

After the Deans meeting, I attended the first meeting of the new academic year with the Staff Advisory committee. Nicole Beier is the new chair and Ryan Mason volunteered to serve as the vice-chair. The other members are: Nikki Claas, Dario Elia, Allee Hochmuth, Les Johnson, Sarah Osborne, and Molly Schreiber. I gave the committee an update on faculty, advisor and transfer recruiter searches as well my impressions of the state of the school as we begin the school year.

ISS Implementation Readiness Team Meeting

On Wednesday morning, I attended the Integrated Shared Services Project Readiness team meeting. We were given a timeline for the implementation process. It looks like it will go live in April 2018. Kathy Heath and Kelly Haag are two of the leaders and they are both very open to feedback and creating a process that is as seamless as possible. While change is difficult, I firmly believe this will be a good change for the campus and provide new opportunities for professional development and advancement for all those involved. In addition, I believe it will provide better quality service, because things will be better integrated and there will be more backups put in place to process things in a timely manner. The campus will be able to benefit from what we have had with BATO.

Root Beer Float Social

On Wednesday afternoon, the SOE held a root beer float social event outside of Enderis Hall near the picnic area under the trees. I want to thank Nicole Beier, Allee Hochmuth, Kerry Korinek, and Leigh Wallace for organizing this nice treat for the SOE.


I saw this news story on ABC World News and thought it was worth sharing with everyone. It documents how one US Senator from Louisiana spends his spare time substitute teaching to gain an appreciation of what it is like to be a teacher. Wouldn’t it be great if all policymakers did this?


Former Board of Visitors member, Vincent Lyles, President and CEO of the Milwaukee Boys and Girls Club shared this online article with me. It is another reason why we need to produce more teachers of color to serve the Greater Milwaukee region.


  • September 14th – Fall All School Meeting in Library 4th Floor Conference Room, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • October 2nd – Sabbatical proposals due to Dean’s office
  • October 7th – Panther Prowl starts at 10:00 am. Register here.