Alan’s Weekly June 18th, 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 June 11, 2018, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is up 2 in net admissions (down 2 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 27 in net admissions (down 26 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is down 26 in admissions (up 10 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 51 in admissions (down 18 in applications)

2018 Summer semester credit hours signed up for is up 9.3% point in time from 2017.

2018 Fall semester credit hours signed up for is down 2.7% point in time from 2017.


This week I had regular meetings with Jessica Russell and Erica Yewlett, Carol Wacker, and my weekly meeting with the Deans. It was a relatively light week for meetings and events.

M3 Meeting with Chancellor

On Monday morning the UWM M3 Leadership team met with the Chancellor to brief him on recent activities and to plan for the July 19th M3 Advisory Board and Oversight Committee meetings at the Zilber School of Public Health.

We briefly discussed the M3 Connect proposal revision and timeline. M3 is an initiative that ties workplace initiatives to academic disciplines. Following this discussion, we were updated on the Gear Up proposal due on July 13th. The last item for discussion was a review of the MPS student experience at UWM. This was a series of visits where MPS students from Rufus King and Reagan high schools visited campus. As part of the visit, some of the students were asked to participate in a focus group to garner information on their impressions of UWM. This information will be useful as UWM hopes to increase the number of MPS students who attend UWM in the future. As I have shared with others, if UWM can help MPS turn around its student academic achievement, it will increase the pool of students locally that UWM can recruit, attract, and be successful.

UWM/MATC/MPS “Grow Your Own” Leadership Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the leadership teams from MATC, UWM, and MPS met to get an update on the progress of the program. As was shared, MPS is undergoing some transition in central office due to restructuring, so we are trying to determine what impact this may have on the initiative. Given that initiative is planning to launch with high school students this year, MPS’s role is critical in the early stages. I am scheduling a meeting before June 30th. The plan for the program is to have freshmen and sophomore high school students participate in Educator’s Rising and then in their junior year, students would observe, shadow, and serve as teacher aides. And during their senior year, students would take a college earning course on education with the possibility of taking other college courses.

Deans Luncheon for Departures of Interim Deans Ron Cisler and Dave Clark

Following the “Grow Your Own” meeting, I attended a luncheon for departing Interim Deans Ron Cisler and Dave Clark. Ron Cisler accepted a Deanship at Western Michigan University in their College of Health and Human Services. Dave Clark is returning to his previous position as Senior Associate Dean of the College of Letters and Science when the new L&S Dean, Dr. Scott Gronert starts on August 1st. The luncheon was a nice way to say good bye and express our appreciation to colleagues who stepped in during some very challenging times to stabilize things.

Meeting organized by Howard Fuller – Moving the Academic Needle of Milwaukee

On Friday afternoon, I was invited by Dr. Howard Fuller to participate in a meeting at Schlitz Park on how to move the academic achievement needle for Milwaukee’s Black and Brown students. As Dr. Fuller shared, the status quo is unacceptable and transformative change must occur if Milwaukee is going to provide a quality future to those with the least hope right now. Given the past 25+ years across the Milwaukee educational landscape, one has wonder what will it take to qualitatively improve the quality of life and in particular, academic achievement for all students, specifically, students of color. Or are we satisfied with the current state of affairs? I hope not. Only time will tell.


Jackie Herd-Barber, SOE Board of Visitor member received an honorary doctorate of engineering from MSOE on May 26th where she delivered the commencement address. Congratulations Jackie. Her husband and SOE supporter, Michael Barber was named the Rotary Person of the Year.


There will be food trucks available for the MPS Leadership Institute on June 18th and 19th. The food trucks will be parked in the Hartford Avenue School parking lot, just off of Hartford Avenue.

The Monday message will return on July 16th.


  • June 23rd – Urban Autism Summit 2018, Saturday, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, Penfield Montessori Academy
  • July 26th – SOE Alumni/Faculty/Staff Picnic, Grassy area between Enderis/Chapman Halls starting at 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Food will be provided. You must rsvp your attendance. Information forthcoming.
  • 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