Alan’s Weekly March 19th, 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 12, 2018, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 5 in net admissions (up 4 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 15 in net admissions (down 25 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is down 23 in admissions (up 28 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 43 in admissions (up 7 in applications)


This week I had regular monthly meetings with Simone Conceicao, Jessica Russell and Erica Yewlett, and Carol Wacker. It was a short week due to my attendance at the American Council on Education (ACE) conference in DC.

UWM/UWM-W Meeting

On Thursday, I participated in a meeting of SOE and UWM-Waukesha representatives who teach a course in education. The purpose of the meeting was to learn more about the education course(s) they teach and how we might work together to develop/revise any course(s) to insure the SOE accepts them. As we strive to have a presence in Waukesha and Washington County, I firmly believe this is a great opportunity to take the UWM brand out to places where we can influence and attract students from both locations. I want to thank Hope Longwell-Grice, Mike Steele, Angel Hessel, Nancy Rice, and Nancy File for participating in the initial discussion.

Board of Visitors Meeting

On Friday morning, I held our spring Board of Visitors meeting at the Greater Galilee Baptist Church on Teutonia Avenue. We were hosted by Pastor Johnny White, who is a new member of the Board of Visitors. I provided an update on our enrollment and budget and then shared some of our major initiatives being undertaken to address our budget and enrollment challenges. I also shared with the Board what are the ten biggest trends in higher education as identified by the Chronicle of Higher Education and the educational landscape in Wisconsin.


Kathy Quirk is undertaking a series of interviews to get to know people in the School of Education. Here is the first one with Ryan Mason in the Office of Student Services. Ryan is a great ambassador to students who come to the Office of Student Services. He always has a positive and welcoming attitude. Keep up the great work Ryan!


The next SOE coffee and conversation session will be Wednesday, March 28th at 1:00 pm on the 5th floor hosted by Nikki Claas, Marie Sandy, and Hope Longwell-Grice. Here is a link to rsvp your attendance.


For each of our new faculty members, I asked them to share a picture and write something about “Who am I?” Here is Dr. Rodney Whiteman, new assistant professor in administrative leadership.

Administrative Leadership faculty member Dr. William Whiteman

A lifelong Hoosier (at least up until now), I was born in Winamac, a small town in northcentral rural Indiana. I grew up in an even smaller town called Kewanna, with my paternal grandparents living on a family farm 2.5 miles away, my maternal grandparents living two doors down to the south, and an aunt and cousins living next door to the north. I come from a very close-knit family who are generally geographically concentrated around those same two towns. Most who know me refer to me by “Rod” rather than “Rodney.” Please feel free to do the same.

I fell in love with music, theatre, and performance at a young age. I’m sure my family has embarrassing photos or videos of me as a young performer either on stage for a school production or improvising a show during family gatherings. I picked up the saxophone and sang through middle school and high school, which led to my decision to study music education at Butler University. I then taught high school choral music for four years and middle school choral music for another four years. I am still certified to teach K-12 choral, instrumental, and general music in the state of Indiana.

After eight years of public school teaching, I became increasingly interested in ways in which education policies I heard discussed in local and news were influencing my local school district. The district was seeking accreditation under a new district-wide accreditation program focused on capacity and systems-building. The math and English/language arts departments were identifying specific questions on state tests that we were all responsible for drilling with our students… even those of us teaching music, visual art, or P.E. Additionally, the state was exploring a voucher program, lowering standards to become teachers, and designing a centralized teacher evaluation system. I began to wonder how all of these policies were affecting educators at the classroom level, which eventually led me to leave the K-12 classroom and study education policy at Indiana University. I entered IU without a master’s degree, which means things took a little longer than some, but I eventually received my Ph.D. in 2017. I am the first person in my family to receive a Ph.D.

I am very close to my sister, Angie, who lives in Indianapolis. She is a wonderful and inspiring mother of my incredible twin nieces. I refuse to believe my nieces are 17 years old this year—even as I’ve been asked to take them on college visits to Indiana University. Ella loves to play soccer and study science. Jaden discovered a love of photography and is on her path to be quite a talented photographer. My father and his wife life in Pulaski, Indiana, a small town near where I grew up. (As a side note, if you’re a local, you pronounce the town as Pul-AS-sky, rather than the more accurate Polish Pul-AS-kee.)

I will watch nearly any basketball game that is on television. Whatever you may have heard about Hoosier Hysteria is likely dwarfed by the reality in Indiana. I’m excited to be in Milwaukee, where I can catch my Butler Bulldogs play at Marquette. I’m also excited to be relatively close to Madison, where I can catch my Indiana Hoosiers.


  • 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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