Alan’s Weekly August 6th, 2018

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Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2018 semester as of July 30, 2018, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is up 2 in net admissions (down 3 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 20 in net admissions (down 20 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is down 40 in admissions (down 12 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 58 in admissions (down 35 in applications)

2018 Summer semester credit hours signed up for is up 4.8% point in time from 2017.

2018 Fall semester credit hours signed up for is down 3.0% point in time from 2017.


This week I had a light week for meetings. The only regular meeting I had was my weekly meeting with the Deans.

MPS Leadership Institute

On Wednesday morning, I was invited to attend the MPS Leadership Institute at North Division High School. Keith Posley challenged MPS leaders to move the academic and social/emotional needle and be the difference maker for all students. The clear focus is on academics and a “back to the basics” vision. The event was charged with lots of positive energy. Mayor Tom Barrett spoke and wished MPS a good school year. There was something Keith Posley said during his talk that stuck with me. He said something like “We must confront the brutal facts yet keep the faith.”

UW Deans and Directors Videoconference

On Thursday morning, Hope Longwell-Grice, Donna Pasternak, and I participated in the monthly UW Deans and Directors videoconference. We addressed two topics. The bulk of the time was to discuss the upcoming Deans presentation to the UW Regents on August 23rd. One of the outcomes after the Deans presentation will be the formulation of a task force to examine several critical questions around the teacher shortage and enrollment challenges.

The next item on the agenda discussed was an update from the DPI workgroup of which Donna Pasternak is serving as our representative. One of the outcomes is a Fall Institute to share the recommendations with all the participating institutions. As Donna Pasternak shared, these are only recommendations and some of them may not get adopted in the final version. The workgroup agreed not to share specifics at this time but discuss in general terms some of the recommendations they are proposing to DPI.

M3 Meeting with Chancellor

After lunch on Thursday, I attended the M3 meeting with the Chancellor. We debriefed about the M3 Advisory and Oversight meeting from the July 19th meeting at Zilber School of Public Health. It was well-received. We also talked about various funding opportunities for M3 activities and determined our next big meeting will be in January 2019.

Undergraduate Research Poster and Ice Cream Social

On Friday afternoon, I attended the Office of Undergraduate Summer Research poster and ice cream event in the 4th floor Library conference room. This event is for incoming freshmen who are high performers who want to have a research experience. They live in the dorms during July and work with a faculty mentor on a research project. Chris Lawson and an incoming UWM student, Seth Nichols, participated in the event. Seth’s poster focused on The Development of Reasoning in Early Childhood. I enjoyed interacting with Seth and learning about his project. Seth is going to double major in Architecture and Psychology. Providing students like Seth with research experiences is a high impact factor for increasing student retention and success. If faculty are interested in working with an incoming freshmen next summer, they should contact Nigel Rothfels.


I want to thank all the following SOE faculty and staff for assisting with the School of Education table at the State Fair: Tyree Bolden, Angel Hessel, Rob and Hope Longwell-Grice, Alexandra Maier, Jeremy Page, Donna Pasternak, Emilee Schultz, Ray Scolavino, Mary Walz-Chojnacki, and Erin Wiggins. I heard Rob Longwell-Grice won the cheese curd eating contest! 🙂


The SOE golf team defended their UWM league title this summer. For the second year in a row the SOE Associated golf team, The Fore Horsemen, took first place in the UWM Golf League. The league, which has been in existence since 1971, consists of teams from other Schools and Colleges. Former and current faculty and staff play in the league. Members of the Fore Horsemen included: Cris and Bob Anderson, Kathleen Breuer, Ray Anthony Fikes, Rob Longwell-Grice (Captain), Alberto Maldonado, Torry Rufer, and William Velez. Congratulations to Team SOE! Anyone interested in joining the SOE team for next year should contact Rob Longwell-Grice.


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is planning interactive workshops for male faculty who want to be more supportive of female academic colleagues. Three 2-hour Male Allies and Advocates workshops are set for Sept. 27 and 28 on campus. All male faculty members are invited to attend one of the workshops, which will look at ways to improve the recruitment, retention and advancement of women. Further information is available at the following link. I encourage all male faculty to attend one of the three workshop sessions.


  • 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