Alan’s Weekly July 30th, 2018

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Here was a UW System budget related story in the Journal Sentinel this past Monday.


Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2018 semester as of July 23, 2018, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is up 3 in net admissions (down 6 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 20 in net admissions (down 21 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is down 17 in admissions (down 6 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G) – down 34 in admissions (down 33 in applications)

2018 Summer semester credit hours signed up for is up 5.0% point in time from 2017.

2018 Fall semester credit hours signed up for is down 1.4% point in time from 2017.


This week I had regular meetings with Kathy Quirk, Hope Longwell-Grice, Johannes Britz, Mark Mone, and my weekly meeting with the Deans.

Meeting with UW System regarding Institute for Urban Education

On Tuesday afternoon, Hope Longwell-Grice and I met with the Provost and UW System representatives, Carleen Vande Zande and Barbara Bales to discuss the IUE proposal. UW System is very supportive of our proposal and it looks like we will be finalizing a MOU in the near future. Once the MOU is approved, we anticipate searching for a Director for the Institute for Urban Education during the fall semester.

M3 Grow Your Own Meeting

On Wednesday morning, I attended a M3 Grow Your Own meeting at North Division High School with Liz Drame, Angel Hessel, Hope Longwell-Grice, and Mike Steele. We met the Principals of James Madison and Pulaski High Schools where the program will launch this fall with high school juniors. The bulk of our time was devoted to providing feedback to a draft proposal for external funding to support the GYO program.

Meeting with MPS Superintendent and DPI State Superintendent

On Thursday morning, I drove to MPS for a meeting with Keith Posley and DPI State Superintendent Tony Evers and his entourage. We had a productive discussion about the teacher pipeline and ways to support diversifying the pipeline. DPI may launch a statewide committee to recommend ways to diversify the teacher pipeline and workforce.

SOE Picnic

Later Thursday afternoon, the SOE picnic was held in the greenspace between Enderis and Chapman Halls. It was a beautiful day and everyone who attended had a great time. We had over 100 people attend including the Provost, faculty (Michael Bonds, Candance Doerr-Stevens, Angel Hessel, DeAnn Huinker, Susie Lamborn, Chris Lawson, Hope Longwell-Grice, Jackie Nguyen, Donna Pasternak, Aaron Schutz, Ray Scolavino, Leigh Wallace, Stephen Wester, Erin Wiggins, Agnes Williams, and Bo Zhang), staff (Andrea Azarian, Nicole Beier, Diana Borders, Christian Caflisch, Nikki Claas, Dario Elia, Maggie Kaczmarek, Peggy Kuhnz, Krissy Lize, Rob Longwell-Grice, Kristin Roosevelt, Carol Wacker, and Stephanie Willingham), and many alumni and friends. I want to thank Rob Longwell-Grice and Carol Wacker for organizing the event. I also want to thank our student workers for supporting the event by helping with various logistics as well as Gilbert Johnson for providing the music. We will definitely do this again next summer and hopefully, make it an annual tradition. I heard so many compliments from alumni who were happy to attend and be involved with the SOE. It is important for the School of Education to reach out to our alumni and keep them engaged by sharing what we are doing and how can they assist us in moving forward.


Jenna Buchner shared the revisions to PI 34 will be completed and effective August 1, 2018. Shandowlyon Hendricks-Williams will also include this in the next update to deans and directors and a post is available on the TEPDL news blog: The blog post includes a link to the administrative rule that will be published on August 1st. The program approval work group is meeting this week and will continue the work they started earlier this month to make recommendations to the State Superintendent about policies and practices for program approval under the new administrative rule. Please mark your calendars for the Fall Academy scheduled for Oct. 2 in which the program approval process will be shared with educator preparation programs. The location for this meeting is to be determined, but each EPP may send up to two representatives.

Mark your calendar for your upcoming Summer Custard Social on Tuesday, August 7th in the 5th floor breakroom.


  • August 7th – Dog Days of Summer Custard Social, 1:00 to 2:30 pm, 5th floor breakroom
  • August 23rd – 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