Alan’s Weekly April 30th, 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 April 23, 2018, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 3 in net admissions (down 3 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 22 in net admissions (down 21 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 11 in admissions (up 17 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 14 in admissions (down 7 in applications)


This week I had regular monthly meetings with Administrative Leadership, Chancellor and Provost, Hope Longwell-Grice, Razia Azen, Nadya Fouad, Provost, and Kathy Quirk along with my weekly meeting with the Deans.

Wisconsin Scholars Reception

On Monday evening, I attended the Wisconsin Scholars Reception. The Wisconsin Scholars is a $175M endowed program sponsored by Tashia and John Morgridge. This program was created in 2007 by the Morgridges to provide financial grants for eligible, talented graduates from Wisconsin public high schools to attend any UW System school.

Deans and Chairs Meeting with APBC

On Tuesday morning, the Deans and Chairs met with APBC for our bi-weekly meeting. I asked the chairs to provide me with the criteria their executive committee used to review post-tenure review cases. The Provost asked all the Deans to collect and forward this information to him.

Jessica Russell gave an update on the Integrated Shared Services Project, which is slated to launch in June 2018. At that time, BATO in its current form will no longer exist and new processes will be put into place to address support needs for procurement, human resources, and IT.

Afterwards, Jessica led a discussion on the school’s budget starting with the marginal tuition revenue followed by a review of the 2016-17 final budget as well as the projected 2017-18 budget. There was discussion about what further cuts we could make, but the reality is the School of Education has very little fat to trim. The focus of the conversation also turned to generating revenue and how critical the strategic enrollment plan that each department is developing along with work of the retention committee and the upcoming retention summit.

Jeremy Page reviewed the template being used by programs to address strategic enrollment. I am hopeful this process will produce some laser targeted recommendations for where our limited resources can be best invested to produce the largest enrollment gains.

Following Jeremy’s report, Hope Longwell-Grice gave an update on WEAVE, meta-majors, and Canvas. Canvas is the new course management platform replacing D2L in winter 2020. There are video tutorials on how to use Canvas as well as workshops sponsored by CETL to help faculty transition their courses from D2L to Canvas.

SOE Alumni Chapter Event

On Tuesday afternoon, Emily and Mike Robertson hosted the SOE Alumni chapter event at their home on Kenwood Avenue. It was a great event with approximately 50 people attending. There was so much positive energy. I can’t thank the Robertsons enough for hosting this event and supporting the School of Education. I met a number of new and recent graduates as well as some seasoned alumni. Everyone who attended was energized. I want to thank Carol Wacker and Kyle Hernandez for organizing the event with Emily Robertson and David Freitag (the SOE Alumni chapter leaders). I also want to thank Angel Hessel, Rob Longwell-Grice, and Jeremy Page for attending. It was really nice to see some of Angel’s recent students re-connect with her. Our goal is to sponsor these types of events on a regular basis to better engage our alumni.

Length of Service Ceremony

On Wednesday afternoon, I participated in the length of service ceremony. The SOE had nine people receive length of service recognition: Keith Emmons, Kerry Korinek, and Bo Zhang (15 years); Aaron Schutz, Javier Tapia, and Aaria Toriano (20 Years); Kathy Berry and Marty Sapp (30 years); and Gary Williams (40 years). Congratulations to all SOE length of service recipients. Thank you for all you do for the School of Education and UWM.

Milwaukee Succeeds Operations Meeting

On Thursday morning, I attended Milwaukee Succeeds meeting at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. We heard reports on early childhood education and the transformative reading initiative. Only 18% of early childhood centers are 4 or 5 stars rated. The group discussed policy and funding mechanisms to improve this situation as well as ways to improve the turnover rate of early childhood educators. Milwaukee Succeeds is considering convening a large event to showcase the work and progress made to date and to possibly feature a few prominent keynote speaker(s).

City Year Banquet

On Thursday evening, I attended the City Year banquet as a guest of Board of Visitor Member, Mary Kellner at Discovery World’s Pilot House. It was a great event with lots of positive energy. It is so inspiring to see young people who want to make a difference through mentoring and tutoring students in challenging environments. Two years ago, the School of Education and City Year signed a MOU that provides dedicated scholarships to City Year members pursuing education degrees. During the event, I talked to two City Year people who are interested in attending the School of Education after their one year commitment to City Year.

Dean/UBR Meeting with Provost

On Friday morning, Jessica Russell and I met with the Provost and several other Deans and their UBRs to learn about the new budget model. The new budget model is a hybrid of Responsibility Center Management (RCM) and it probably won’t have much impact in the short-term, but I believe it has a lot of potential long-term benefits for the School of Education, especially in the research area. It is highly tied to enrollments and it changes the formula where 100-200 courses get less funding than 300-400 courses. In the new budget model, all undergraduate courses are funded at the same level. The Provost and his financial team will be holding open forums in the coming months to share the new budget model with anyone interested in learning more about it.

2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium

After lunch on Friday, I went to the UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Union Wisconsin room. Educational Psychology student, Noah Wolfe and his mentor, Chris Lawson presented “The (inductive) Benefit of Being Far Out: The Influence of Spatial Proximity on Diversity-Based Reasoning.” Noah is a freshman and I enjoyed learning about his research. He is continuing it this semester with young kids and will be comparing the data to what he collected with older students. His mentor, Chris Lawson was recognized as one of the mentors of the year. Congratulations Noah and Chris. The event was fantastic and I was very impressed by the quality of research being undertaken by undergraduate students.
Education Psychology faculty Chris Lawson and UWM student Noah Wolfe displaying their poster at the 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium.


On Wednesday, I was informed that Nadya Fouad (PI) and her two colleagues, Romila Singh and Edward Levitas (co-PIs) from the Lubar School of Business received a two-year, $498,000 National Science Foundation grant to study “Gender and race in fostering innovation in engineering teams: what works?” Congratulations Nadya, Romila, and Edward!


On Friday, I was informed that Erma Green from Curriculum and Instruction received the 2018 ARC Excellence Award. This annual award is designated to honor faculty and staff who demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to students with unique needs and/or those who have integrated the concepts of Universal Design into instruction. Individuals who receive the ARC Excellence Award have demonstrated these approaches by providing accommodations or by providing universally designed instructional materials while maintaining the integrity of the academic program. Congratulations Erma!


The teacher education convocation ceremony will be held in the Union Wisconsin room on Friday, May 18th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.


If you have not completed your outside activities reporting, please do it by Tuesday, April 30th, otherwise you will be ineligible for any future pay plan. Each chair who had a person who had not completed their OAR as of Wednesday, April 26th was sent a list of people and asked to inform these people to complete their OAR.


I am sad to share that SOE graduate student, Adam Vue, recently died. He was accepted to graduate school in 2015 and was due to complete his Master’s Degree Program in Administrative Leadership this summer. He worked as a Graduate Assistant at the University of WI-Milwaukee. Thanks to Jackie Nguyen, I want to share these resources for faculty and staff who may encounter a student in need of support. The mental health resources that UWM recommends are here: Specifically for students:

  • Call University Counseling Services of the Norris Health Center at (414) 229-4716 to make an appointment (weekday business hours, only). University Counseling Services is located on the 5th Floor of the Northwest Quadrant. Use the Orange elevators to access reception. Exit to the right and walk to the far end of the hallway where to take a quick left. Signs will lead your way.
  • Visit one of UWM’s Let’s Talk consultants from University Counseling Services for an informal, friendly, and confidential consultation.
  • For crises outside of business hours, contact the Milwaukee County Crisis Line at (414) 257-7222 or Columbia-St. Mary’s Emergency Services at 414-291-1200.
  • For life threatening emergencies on campus call UWM Police (414) 229-9911 (9-911 campus phone).

For faculty and staff, this is a good guide for mental health concerns regarding students:


  • May 10th – Spring All School Meeting starts at 1:00 pm in the 4th floor Library conference room
  • May 11th – Retention Summit at Zilber School of Public Health from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • May 18th – Teacher Education Convocation Ceremony, Union Wisconsin from 6:00 – 7:30 pm