Alan’s Weekly March 12th, 2018

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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 2018 semester as of March 5, 2018, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 3 in net admissions (up 4 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 8 in net admissions (down 29 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is down 12 in admissions (up 29 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 23 in admissions (up 4 in applications)


This week I had regular monthly meetings with Office of Student Services, Curriculum and Instruction/Exceptional Education, Michael Bonds, and my regular weekly meeting with the Deans.

Milwaukee Education Research Alliance (MERA)

On Monday midday, I attended a MERA meeting at MPS with Karen Stoiber. We had finalized the MOU to establish MERA in January. We agreed to assign people to a steering committee (meets every other month) and daily operations team (meets bi-weekly). MPS is going to share their top three research priorities with us and later on, their top ten areas of interest. Once I have them, I will share it with the SOE and if you are interested in any of the topics, please let me know and I will connect you with the right people in MPS.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Tuesday morning, I attended our bi-weekly Deans meeting with the Provost. Nadya Fouad gave an update on the Ombuds Council and asked for the Deans’ thoughts on a proposed training. Bob Greenstreet gave an update on CERAT’s activities. CERAT is the Chancellor’s group to share and coordinate all recruitment, yield and messaging of UWM to prospective students. The group is focusing on digital marketing and making our visitor’s center more attractive to prospective students to give them a great first impression of UWM. As I have heard, you don’t get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression.

Afterwards, Mark Harris and Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska gave us an update on the revised Carnegie classification process. In the past, Carnegie used external funding and Ph.D. production every five years to determine an institution’s classification. This is being revised to every three years. Another big change is in the past, professional doctorates were not counted, but in the future, they will be (i.e., J.D., M.D., D.Pharm, D.NP, etc.). The next cycle is based on data from 2016-17. Mark Harris reported that our external funding expenditures were around $30M.

The Provost shared that all faculty and academic staff must complete their “outside activities report” (OAR) online by April 30th. The Provost sent an e-mail to all affected personnel. And last of all, the Deans will be discussing differentiated workload in the future. Dave Clark shared that the Department of Psychology has a nice model for differentiated workload that has specific criteria and outcomes that must be met to qualify, and he will be sharing this with the other Deans.

Free Speech on Campus Keynote

On Wednesday after lunch, I attended the free speech on campus keynote talk by Dr. Geoffrey Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago (and Chair of the Committee on Freedom of Expression at U of C). This was the 2nd in a series of events meant to promote free speech and civil discourse. I thought Dr. Stone’s talk was insightful and had a lot of good information and advice for moving forward with respecting free speech on campus.

Chancellor’s Trivia Challenge

After the Free Speech event, I went to cheer on our defending champion team for the Chancellor’s Trivia Challenge. I did not know most of the questions I heard from Star Trek/Star Wars/Lord of the Rings and many others. The SOE team consisted of Jeremy Page, Allee Hochmuth, Ryan Mason, and Bill Brownlow. On Thursday morning, Team SOE made a valiant effort to defend their championship but came up short to the Graduate School in the finals. The team demonstrated great sportsmanship during the finals! You represented the SOE well!

School of Education team during the 2018 Chancellor’s Trivia Challenge.

Faculty Assembly Meeting

On Thursday afternoon, I updated on Faculty Assembly on the faculty searches, the budget, pay plan and compression/retention exercise, and the department chair evaluation process that I will be rolling out in April. I also shared updates on MERA, outside activities reporting, the Carnegie classification revision, and other recruiting efforts.

Hope gave an update on micro-credentials. There was a prolong discussion regarding micro-credentials and at this time, there are a lot of details that need to be worked out. However, I believe this is a great opportunity to get ahead of the curve and position the SOE to be responsive to the needs of school districts and educators.

Bradley Tech Meeting

On Friday afternoon, I attended the Bradley Tech Commission meeting. Fran Croak, who served as a longstanding member of the Bradley Tech Commission recently passed away and we recognized his contributions and held a moment of silence in his memory. Fran’s son, Dan works at UWM in the Athletics department and helps coordinate special events involving athletics. We are hoping to raise funds for a scholarship fund in Fran’s name and honor him and his family at an upcoming Commission meeting.

We are trying to determine the right number of pathways to deliver at Bradley Tech. Currently, the pathways with the strongest student interest are welding, carpentry, electrical, plumbing and masonry. We hope to determine the right number in the near future. Our biggest concern is we don’t want to create too many pathways that don’t generate sufficient student interest.


Here is a video that Nicole Schanen and others help produce with Chris Gleason, 2017 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year. Chris spoke at our Spring 2018 Student Teacher Orientation in January. They are working on another video as part of a campaign to recruit more students into teaching.


I am delighted to share that Stephen Wester is now a member of the American Board of Professional Psychology, certification in Counseling Psychology. The ABPP serves the public need by providing oversight certifying psychologists competent to deliver high quality services in various specialty areas of psychology. Board certification (awarding a certificate in a specialty) assures the public that specialists designated by the ABPP have successfully completed the educational, training, and experience requirements of the specialty, including an examination designed to assess the competencies required to provide quality services in that specialty. It’s a major big deal, including a 9-month process of doing a self-study and culminating in an exam he took last Saturday. Only about 10% of Division 17 members are Fellows and only about 10% of THOSE are also ABPP. Congratulations Stephen on achieving this certification.


  • May 10th – Spring All School Meeting starts at 1:00 pm in the 4th floor Library conference room
  • May 11th – Retention Summit at TBD

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