Alan’s Weekly June 4th, 2018

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See below under the Strategic Position Control Meeting with Provost.


Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2018 semester as of May 28, 2018, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is up 5 in net admissions (down 3 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 21 in net admissions (down 25 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is down 21 in admissions (up 14 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 37 in admissions (down 14 in applications)

2018 Summer semester credit hours signed up for is up 13% point in time from 2017.


This week is the first time in a long time where I did not have any regular monthly meetings, although I had a number of ad hoc meetings with groups or individuals on a variety of issues.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the Deans met with the Provost for our bi-weekly meeting. Stephen Schmid, the new interim Dean of the College of General Studies attended. He will be primarily housed at UWM-Waukesha, although he will be at UWM-Washington County every week as well. Beyond that, there are a number of issues that are still in flux and undecided including what price students will pay if UWM courses ate taught at one of the branch campuses and a host of other related issues.

The Provost asked all the Deans to provide him with each School/College’s workload policy and what they are doing to support differentiation. The Provost will be asking all department chairs at their August orientation how they are supporting workload differentiation.

The overall campus freshmen applications for fall is currently up 1.9% with matriculations up 2.0%.

ISS Monthly Update Meeting

Tuesday after lunch, I attended the monthly ISS update meeting in Engelmann Hall. We got to tour the new space for the ISS prototype hub. It looks very nice. While the ISS will be launching in June, for the time being, we will continue to use the same processes for procurement, human resources, travel, etc., until further notice. The ISS leadership team will be available to visit with each department or unit this fall to share their workflow and answer questions. Please contact Jarad Parker, ISS Prototype Hub Manager to schedule a day and time for him and his team to come to any unit wishing to learn more about the ISS operations.

Strategic Position Control (SPC) Meeting with the Provost

Following the ISS meeting, Jessica Russell and I met with the Provost, Robin Van Harpen, Paul Klajbor, and Cindy Kluge to review our SPC budget target for the upcoming 2018/19 year. The main message was to control our spending in lieu of our likely enrollment decline this coming academic year. As of Tuesday, we were up 13% in summer semester credit generation and down 3% for our fall enrollments. If this forecast holds, it would basically be a wash in terms of budget. However, if either summer or fall deviates in the wrong direction, it would not be good. As a result, the Provost asked us to put together a plan for controlling our spending as a proactive means of erring on the side of caution. We developed a list of cost saving measures we will implement immediately as well as others options we are holding onto until we know what our fall and next spring’s enrollment and budgetary implications produce.

PlayWorks Luncheon

On Wednesday, Christie Peters and I attended the PlayWorks luncheon in the Union Fireside lounge. We learned more about the PlayWorks program and Christie is exploring whether and how this might be able to fit within the MCEA program.

Enrollment Management Meeting with Katie Miota

After lunch, I met with Katie Miota to discuss enrollment management. She is meeting with all the Deans to get their perspectives on the new Division of Enrollment Management (which will include Trio/Pre-College, Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Career Services, Registrar’s, and Student Success Center). As I shared with Katie, I view enrollment management as a multi-faceted system involving instructional and non-instructional issues ranging from recruitment and yielding activities to retention and student success issues. She asked for suggestions for the new Division and I advised her to see if there was a way to share information about what other schools/colleges are doing in terms of enrollment management.

Grow Your Own (GYO) Co-Chairs Meeting

On Thursday afternoon, I participated in a GYO videoconference. The focus of the videoconference was to discuss the materials shared from Educators Rising. The group decided to learn more from school districts that are using the micro-credentials Educators Rising developed. Concurrently, we are going to check with the Department of Public Instruction to see if there are other developments around the state involving Educators Rising. And last of all, MPS is going to assess student interest by asking two teachers from James Madison and Pulaski High Schools who are slated to be the program’s advisors. We also learned during the videoconference that there is going to be some transition of MPS personnel devoted to the GYO initiative.

Graduation for Community Health Workers Certificate

To end Thursday, I was invited by Marie Sandy to attend the graduation for the Educational Policy and Community Studies’ community health workers certificate in Greene Hall and give a brief keynote address. There were 38 students who finished the certificate program. All the students were people of color and it was inspiring to hear the impact of their experience. In particular, one lady shared how she dealt with cancer and how the cohort helped her through the ordeal. It was a great way to end the day and it illustrated how UWM and the School of Education are engaging our community to promote wellness and a better quality of life.

Allison Ford and Judy Winn Retirement Party

On Friday evening, I attended the retirement party for Allison Ford and Judy Winn at Hefter Center. It was well-attended with current and former colleagues and students to honor Allison and Judy’s years of service to UWM and the Department of Exceptional Education.


Kristen Taylor informed me that on June 18th and 19th, MPS’s district and school leadership will be meeting at UWM in the Union, Bolton, and Lubar Halls. On both days, there will be four food trucks here for their lunch. Kristen will share where the food trucks will be at in the future, but I’m guessing they may be on Kenwood near the Union. I encourage you to enjoy some variety of luncheon options available on those two days.


The Panther Prowl 2018 will be Saturday, October 13th. The registration opened June 1st. Register to be on the “Ed Heads” team.


  • 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
  • October 13th – Panther Prowl, 10:00 am in front of Enderis Hall