Alan’s Weekly May 21st, 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 May 14, 2018, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 5 in net admissions (down 4 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 24 in net admissions (down 30 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is down 16 in admissions (up 12 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 45 in admissions (down 24 in applications)

2018 Summer semester credit hours signed up for is up 11.8% point in time from 2017.


This week I had regular monthly meetings with Administrative Leadership, Liz Drame, Jeremy Page, Carol Wacker, and Mike Steele along with my weekly meeting with the Deans.

M3 Meeting

On Monday morning, Hope and I attended our M3 bi-monthly meeting. Goal 3 focuses on the PLUS program along other endeavors. Hope gave an overview on the PLUS program to the group.

APBC Meeting

At Monday midday, I attended the APBC meeting. We had a good discussion about the realities and difficult discussions that need to be had in the School involving all items from unfunded buyouts to what can the School of Education continue to support if enrollments continue to decline. Jessica Russell will be producing costing information by department and program this summer and then difficult discussions are likely to be had by APBC in the fall semester with recommendations to follow soon afterwards.

Honors Cord Graduation Ceremony

Monday evening I participated in the Honors cord graduation ceremony in the Zelazo Center. It is one of my favorite graduation ceremonies. All students have earned at least a 3.5 gpa during their academic career at UWM. This semester, the SOE had one student who earned a perfect 4.0. There were only 13 of over 700 students at the Honors cord ceremony who earned a perfect 4.0.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Tuesday morning, I attended the Deans meeting with the Provost. Pat Borger came to provide the Deans an update on the comprehensive campaign. As of April 30th, the campaign has achieved 96.7% of its $200M goal. The campaign will end with a celebration happening in fall 2019.

The Provost shared that he along with Robin Van Harpen will be meeting with each Dean and their UBR in June to make sure everyone is on the same page in terms of the budget and strategic position control targets. Later in the summer, the Provost will meet with each school’s leadership team.

Grow Your Own (GYO) Teleconference

Later on Tuesday, I participated in a GYO videoconference with MPS and MATC colleagues. We talked to an Educators Rising representative to learn more about the program. Evidently, anyone can join the organization for free by signing up online. They have an annual conference every June and a curriculum for high school students along with micro-credentials for a fee.

3rd Annual Teacher Education Convocation Ceremony

On Friday evening, I provided the welcome address for the 3rd Teacher Education Convocation ceremony in the Union Wisconsin room. It was well-attended. I want to extend my appreciation to the advising staff for organizing the event and to our C&I and ExEd faculty for participating in the event. It was a nice way to end the work week.

UWM Graduation Ceremony

On Sunday morning, I participated in the graduation ceremony at Panther Arena. As usual, the arena was filled with positive energy and excitement. Graduation is one of my favorite events since I get to congratulate all of our graduates as they walk across the stage. Here is a picture of the Provost on the stage congratulating students as they receive their degree.

2018 UWM graduation ceremony.


Beginning on Monday, May 21st, there will be a change in the support for faculty and chairs. This change will mean different responsibilities for Stephanie Willingham and John Horstman. Stephanie will become our new Academic Affairs Support Specialist. In her new role, Stephanie’s work will focus on chair and administrator support. In John’s new role as Faculty Support Manager, he will be coordinating and facilitating support for faculty and supervising student workers. We believe this change will be a more efficient distribution of work and allow for better communication. I’d like to acknowledge John and Stephanie for their previous work and thank them for their flexibility as we make this change.

For each of you, it will mean getting to know better John or Stephanie to support your work. I am sure the change and the new relationships will build a stronger and friendlier working environment. Please use the SoE Dashboard or let Hope or I know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.


Congratulations to Simone Conceicao, Nicole Beier, and Jackie Nguyen for winning the UWM Spring 2018 Walk Challenge. They accumulated 1,608,152 steps over a 4-week period. This equates to 761 miles. Great job Simone, Nicole, and Jackie.


I want to congratulate Maggie Bartlett on her 2018-19 Research and Creative Activities Support Award. This is a $15K internal award. Maggie will be using her award for her project, “Community conversations for inclusive education: The case of children with dis/Abilities in Namibia.”

I also want to congratulate Romila Singh, PI, and Nadya Fouad and Edward Levitas, Co-PIs for their $25K RACAS Award to study, “The role of gender and race in fostering innovation in engineering teams.”


Thanks to Dr. Michael Bonds, we have organized a meet and greet hour long time in Enderis 597 on Monday, June 4th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm with new Interim MPS Superintendent, Dr. Keith Posley. As you may know, Dr. Posley is an alum of UWM’s SOE and received his master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Please stop by to say hello and wish him the best during his interim year as MPS Superintendent. We will have coffee, tea, and pastries for the event.

Dr. Keith Posley, Interim MPS Superintendent.


  • June 23rd – Urban Autism Summit 2018, Saturday, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, Penfield Montessori Academy
  • September 13th – All School meeting, 1:00 pm at 4th floor Library Conference room