Alan’s Weekly May 7th, 2018

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BUDGET UPDATE

Last Wednesday, the Chancellor sent an e-mail update on the campus budget and restructuring. I encourage you to read it carefully.

APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS UPDATE

Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2018 semester as of April 30, 2018, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is up 4 in net admissions (down 6 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 24 in net admissions (down 23 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is down 11 in admissions (up 16 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 31 in admissions (down 13 in applications)

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

This week I had regular monthly meetings with Provost, Faculty Assembly Coordinating Committee, UW Deans/Directors, and Adrienne Woods along with my weekly meeting with the Deans.

Integrated Shared Services (ISS) Transition Phase Kickoff Meeting

On Monday morning, I attended the ISS Kickoff meeting in the library 4th floor conference room. The ISS leadership team provided an update on the progress of the ISS implementation process. While there is always anxiety associated with major change initiatives, most people felt excited about ISS’s potential to qualitatively improve UWM’s operational procedures through a team-oriented approach to supporting finance/accounting, procurement, human resources, and IT.

Deans Provost Meeting

Tuesday morning was our bi-weekly Deans meeting with the Provost. The meeting was devoted to our professional development and led by Chancellor Mark Mone. He shared a presentation entitled, “Lead First, Manage Second, Do Third.” It was a provocative and good 90 minutes and it made all the Deans think about their strengths and weaknesses. I look forward to the ensuing sessions in the coming months.

Meemic Cooperating Teacher Gala

On Tuesday evening, the Office of Clinical Experiences held the 3rd annual Cooperating Teacher Gala sponsored by the Meemic Foundation at the Italian Community Center. I want to thank Kristen Taylor, Kim Jacobson, and Corby Anderson for organizing the event. Each year, the event seems to add a new twist and the attendees enjoy it. This year, a comedy threesome entertained the attendees after dinner. I am so appreciative of the Meemic Foundation (in particular, Charles Laird and Dan Stefanovich) for its continued sponsorship of this event. This gala is a small token of our appreciation to all the cooperating teachers who help us prepare the next generation of teachers.

SOE Undergraduate Focus Group

On Thursday midday, I participated in a focus group organized by Jeremy Page with two of our graduate students. This is an annual activity the Office of Student Services undertakes to learn about the experiences of our graduate students and why they chose UWM. Both students, one from higher education and the other from school psychology were both candid and articulate in sharing their experiences with us. They affirmed the good things they have experienced as well as shared some of the things we could improve. It was a very informative focus group.

M3 Meeting

Following the focus group, I attended a M3 meeting with the Chancellor. One of the items we discussed was the Grow Your Own initiative. There is progress being made as well as some challenges we are working to resolve. The Chancellor would like the GYO leadership to share an update at a future M3 meeting with the M3 Advisory Board. The GYO is considered one of the major initiatives for the M3 partnership.

African American Graduation Reception

Later Thursday, I attended the African American graduation reception in the Union Ballroom. This is an event I enjoy attending every year. In previous years, it was held in the Fireside Lounge, but due to its growth was moved this year to the Ballroom. Former Alderman and Employ Milwaukee President and CEO, Earl Buford was the keynote speaker and SOE’s Gary Williams gave the closing remarks to the ceremony.

ACADEMIC STAFF ELECTION RESULTS

I want to congratulate Andrea Azarian (Academic Staff Hearings and Appeals Committee) and Kerry Korinek (Academic Staff Senate) for being elected by their peers to their respective assignments.

FACULTY ELECTION RESULTS

I want to congratulate Donna Pasternak (Faculty Ethics Advisory Committee), Nancy Rice (Subcommittee on Undergraduate Program Reviews), and Gary Williams (University Relations Committee) for being elected by their peers to their respective committees.

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • 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