Alan’s Weekly November 13th, 2017

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There was no budget update from this past week.


Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2018 semester as of November 6, 2017, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 3 in net admissions (up 73 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 1 in net admissions (down 3 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 8 in admissions (up 15 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up 4 in admissions (up 85 in applications)


This week I had regular monthly meetings with Barb Daley, Jessica Russell and Erica Yewlett, Mike Steele, Michael Bonds, and my regular weekly meeting with the Deans.

Provost Deans Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the Deans met with the Provost for our regular bi-weekly meeting. This week the Chancellor attended our meeting to provide some updates on the proposed UW College merger and Pay Plan.

The Provost shared that applications are up 15.3% point in time from last year. The School of Education is one of four schools where applications are significantly up. Kudos to our recruiting and marketing efforts. The key is to convert these applications into admissions and enrollments. I will be talking to Jeremy Page about ways to capitalize on these applications and improve our yield rate.

Scott Emmons is leading a small group of Deans to assess the professional development needs of Deans and to organize some professional development days for the Deans in January and May. They are also developing professional development opportunities for all Associate Deans.

Deans and Chairs Meeting

After the Provost’s meeting, the Deans and Chairs met. I gave a number of updates shared above from the Provost meeting as well as we discussed the UW System RFP for supporting teacher shortages in special education, reading, and bilingual/ESL. I also shared that the School of Education has been approached by “Educators Rising” to host a one day event in December/January that would bring approximately 225 high school students from across the state who are interested in pursuing teaching. This would be a wonderful opportunity to attract them to UWM, so we are in the process of doing what we can to host this event.

We also debriefed on the staff centralization report with Jeremy and Hope providing thoughts on what their respective units discussed as well as what academic departments have discussed to date. Hope asked for feedback on a draft template for meta-majors and Jeremy gave a brief update on CEMAT activities.

Visit to Central City CyberSchool with Computer Science Faculty

On Tuesday afternoon, I accompanied two computer science faculty members (John Boyland and Christine Cheng) to visit the Central City CyberSchool to facilitate a discussion on creating a “Girls that code” program at the school. As a board member, I really like this school developed by SOE alumna Dr. Christine Faltz. Every child is given a chromebook to use in school and the faculty are adept at using the technology to enrich instruction. It is one of the few urban neighborhood schools where everyone walks to school. This school serves the Park Lawn housing project where every student is on free and reduced lunch and it is 100% students of color. They are one of the top performing charter schools in the city. We visited three classrooms, two 4th grade and one 3rd grade classrooms and it was gratifying to see students so engaged and working collaboratively using their chromebooks and learning to code. Coding is so different than when I learned to code using Fortran IV and punch cards in the late 1970s. Today, some coding languages are web and pictorial based.

Asian Faculty/Staff Reception

On Wednesday afternoon, I attended the Asian faculty/staff reception and scholarship presentation. Susie Lamborn from the SOE chaired the organizing committee for the event. The food was amazing and it was really nice as three students were recognized and given scholarships and Swarnjit Arora was honored for his 46 years as a faculty member in the Department of Economics. If you don’t know Swarnjit, you are really missing an opportunity to know someone who is one of the most giving people I have met at UWM. I am going to miss his friendly demeanor and welcoming smile.

Campaign Awareness Brunch

On Thursday midday, I attended a campaign awareness brunch hosted by SOE Alumna Barbara Michaels and Peppy O’Neil at St. John’s on the Lake. It was a great opportunity to share some of the SOE activities and to hear from two of our current students, Emma Eidens from ECE/ESL and Nicole Lesser, who is a Community Engagement and Education student. They did very well in articulating the importance of scholarships and their positive experiences in their programs.

There were approximately 25 people there and I met several alumna who graduated with the first class from UWM in 1959. They shared wonderful memories of UWM and they indicated a willingness to become more involved with the School of Education to help support and advocate for our mission and importance in producing high quality teachers and helping professionals.

Faculty Assembly Meeting

On Thursday afternoon, I attended the Faculty Assembly meeting. I gave a number of updates involving the pay plan, faculty/staff searches, UW System RFP for the teacher pipeline, the M3 Grow your Own teacher pipeline initiative, research incentive funding, UW College merger, and possible hosting of an Educators Rising event. Hope and Jeremy gave briefings on the staff centralization report and retention committee activities.

Afterwards, there was a discussion on governance structure and then the body approved a joint BS/MS degree involving CEED and Learning/Development.


Here is an article about UNC Charlotte’s efforts to provide a new pathway for prospective teachers. The UNC Charlotte Chancellor is raising $10M to build a facility to house the early college high school associated with the College of Education.


  • January 19th – SOE All School Meeting with Provost, 1:00 – 2:30 pm in Enderis 107
  • May 10th – Spring All School Meeting starts at 1:00 pm in the 4th floor Library conference room

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