Alan’s Weekly July 16th, 2018

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Since my last Monday message of June 18th, we have seen the fall 2018 semester credit hours drop from -2.7% to -.7% (which is good). The summer 2018 semester credit hours has fallen from up 9.3% to 6.1% (not as good). This past year, we lost $785,861 in marginal tuition revenue, most of it coming in spring 2018 due to lower enrollment and semester credit generation.

Given these budget numbers, we proactively made some decisions this summer to shred some costs by cutting 4 graduate assistant positions (cost savings of $80K), holding off on replacing Cindy Pharm’s position (cost savings of $50K), delaying computer replacements one year from 2018/19 to 2019/20 (cost savings of $80K), reducing administrative overhead (cost savings of $30K) for a grand total of $240K. If our enrollment and semester credit generation drops more than $240K, we will have to find further cost savings to make up the difference, since the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance have charged each Dean and school/college with having a balanced operating budget each year. Hence, if our revenue goes down (i.e., enrollment and semester credit hour generation slips), then we must cut expenses to compensate.


Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2018 semester as of July 9, 2018, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 1 in net admissions (down 3 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 27 in net admissions (down 19 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is down 28 in admissions (up 1 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 56 in admissions (down 21 in applications)

2018 Summer semester credit hours signed up for is up 6.1% point in time from 2017.

2018 Fall semester credit hours signed up for is down .7% point in time from 2017.


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

Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC) Education Meeting
On Tuesday morning, I attended the GMC’s Education meeting at the University Club. UWM Chancellor Mark Mone presented a high level overview of M3 and a new collaboration called the Higher Education Regional Alliance (HERA). This entails all the institutions in SE Wisconsin working together on workforce development initiatives to better coordinate efforts.

Central City CyberSchool Board Meeting
On Wednesday afternoon, I attended the Central City CyberSchool board meeting. The primary agenda item was preparing to add high school grades to the existing K-8 grades. Central City CyberSchool received a DPI Expansion grant of $750K to support this initiative. As a result, this year the board will be working with the school’s leadership to launch 50 9th graders in fall 2019 with 50 new students in each ensuing grade level in the following three years. It is exciting to see a successful school in Milwaukee grow and serve a neighborhood community like the Parklawn area. I always enjoy visiting this school, because you can feel the positive energy throughout the building.

Meeting with MPS Superintendent Keith Posley on the Teacher Pipeline
First thing on Thursday morning, I drove to MPS to meet with Superintendent Keith Posley and his Human Resources Director, Himanshu Parikh to discuss the teacher pipeline. MPS wants to work with the School of Education to develop a teacher certification program for people who already have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education. MPS would employ and place these people into classes concurrently as they go through a program. The details need to be worked out, but MPS’s leadership is excited about the potential to work with us. They envision starting with a cohort of 50 people. The program would be delivered in a MPS facility. This could be a game changer for the School of Education and help us reverse 7 years of enrollment decline. MPS is trying to schedule another meeting where School of Education leaders from Teaching and Learning can continue the discussion and start to put some parameters and details together. More to come.

UW Deans/Director Videoconference
After returning to campus, I participated with Hope Longwell-Grice, Donna Pasternak, and Angel Hessel in the UW Deans and Directors monthly videoconference. Hope gave a brief update on UWM’s guest student teacher program. Afterwards, Barbara Bales and Laura Dunek provided an update from the UW System. Specifically, they addressed a little about the budget for the UW Deans/Directors and shared information on the opportunity for Deans to present at the August UW Regents Education committee meeting in Madison.

Marcie Wycoff-Horn, Dean from UW-La Crosse updated the group on the DPI program approval workgroup. Donna Pasternak is serving on this group from UWM. At the end of the meeting, Barbara Bales gave an update on the Institute for Urban Education (IUE). It is currently being discussed at the Provost level. We hope to hear something in the near future.


Marie Sandy shared that she took students, who were all in the qualitative methods course she taught, to the 15th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry conference at Urbana-Champaign. Raji Swaminathan also attended and presented her new book. Pictured below from left to right are: Ben Traeger, Social Foundations; Tanya Cass and Lauren Mascari, Educational Psychology. All three did a group presentation based on their experiences in Marie Sandy’s qualitative research course.

Pictured below from left to right are: Ben Traeger, Social Foundations; Tanya Cass and Lauren Mascari, Educational Psychology.


Marika Kovacs-Houlihan published a book chapter entitled, “The Ingredients Necessary to become a Favorite Interpreter” in the edited book, Deaf Eyes on Interpreting.


Congratulations to Donna Pasternak on her co-authored book, Secondary English Teacher Education in the United States being awarded the 2018 Meade Award through ELATE (formerly CEE – the Conference on English Education), the English Education affiliate of NCTE.


Congratulations to Carol Wacker for her work in securing two new scholarships for SOE. The Ralph Bielenberg Scholarship is for all students in the School of Education. And the Karleen Haberichter ’62 Scholarship will be for Undergraduate Students in Early Childhood Education. The funds should be available in the fall of 2022. Nice work, Carol!


As you may have read in the newspaper and through Chancellor Mone’s e-mail, the Higher Learning Commission approved the merger of the two year campuses with the four year campuses. This paves the way for future opportunities at Waukesha and Washington County. A number of details remain to be worked out, but the first major hurdle has been traversed.


The faculty compression and retention exercise is completed now. The compression and retention pool consisted of $100K. At least 1/3 had to be used for retention. For the School of Education, $66,444 was devoted to compression and $33,556 was devoted to retention. All salary adjustments will become effective in the October 1st paycheck. For compression, we created new minimum salaries for Assistant ($68K), Associate ($73K), and Full Professors ($87K). If you were below these levels, your salary was adjusted upward to this new minimum. Approximately 50% of all faculty received some adjustment through compression.

For the retention exercise, I asked department chairs to submit names for consideration along with a brief justification. Concurrently, I asked Associate Dean Hope Longwell-Grice to independently provide names to consider. After reviewing both lists, I decided the recipients of the retention funds using a number of factors including whether a person had a pending offer, or if rewarding funds to a person would create further compression. Less than 50% of the names put forward received retention funds.


  • 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.
  • August 21st – Meet the New Faculty, Enderis 5th floor from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
  • 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