Alan’s Weekly August 20th, 2018

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APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS UPDATE

Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2018 semester as of August 13, 2018, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 2 in net admissions (down 4 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 15 in net admissions (down 18 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is down 42 in admissions (down 17 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 59 in admissions (down 39 in applications)

2018 Summer semester credit hours signed up for is up 4.0% point in time from 2017.

2018 Fall semester credit hours signed up for is down 2.8% point in time from 2017.

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

This week I had regular meetings with Simone Conceicao, Carol Wacker, and the Deans.

Women’s Leadership Breakfast

On Tuesday morning, I attended the Women’s Leadership breakfast sponsored by the Lubar School of Business in the Union Wisconsin room. This was an event geared towards supporting and promoting more women to pursue leadership positions. There was a panel discussion of six women leaders from various types of organizations and the session was moderated by Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. I sat with the College of Nursing Dean Kim Litwack and Interim Chief Enrollment Officer Katie Miota.

Student Success and Research Discussion with Provost and his team

After lunch on Tuesday, Hope Longwell-Grice, Jeremy Page, and I participated in a meeting with the Provost and his team (Gesele Durham, Marija G-J, Mark Harris, and Katie Miota) on student success initiatives, graduate programs and research support, in particular, how to support more external research funding. Jeremy did a nice job of sharing what the School of Education is doing and it is clear that we are on the leading edge of student success initiatives. The templates that Jeremy has developed impressed the Provost and his team and I believe they plan to share and use them across all the schools and colleges. The several areas where we lag behind campus is the amount of credits our students graduate with (on average around 139 credits) and the percentage of students who complete at least 30 credits by the start of their 2nd fall semester (34.8%). For the most part, we are doing well on the 24 metrics being tracked by the campus.

The discussion about graduate program focused on our doctoral degree production. The Provost and his team realize our faculty turnover and lack of capacity in certain areas has contributed to a decline in doctoral degree productivity, although, we are still relatively high across campus.

The last area we discussed was our research productivity and in particular, our external funding. I shared some ideas and thoughts on how we can increase our research funding. The Provost charged us with developing a plan for creating an outstanding learning environment and increasing our research activity and align it to the campus plan. This plan will involve how workload is distributed and determined. The Deans will be sharing and starting this process with the chairs at our next meeting and then disseminating this down to all the faculty and staff.

Launch Program Evaluation Meeting

On Wednesday afternoon, Aaron Schutz and I met with Dana Monogue (recent Ph.D. from UWM Administrative Leadership in 2015) and Robert Hall from Elmbrook School District to discuss potential program evaluation work involving Launch. Launch is a program designed to integrate learning with workforce development fields like engineering, healthcare, teaching, etc.. It is moving beyond Elmbrook to Wauwatosa and other school districts.

MEET AND GREET FOR NEW FACULTY AND STAFF

On Thursday, August 23rd, there will be a meet and greet for our new faculty and staff from 1:00 to 2:00 pm on the 5th floor of Enderis Hall. Please stop by to welcome and meet our new faculty (Kelsey Autin, Nicholas Husbye, Sara Jozwik, Katherine Sage, and Rod Whiteman) and staff (Tyree Bolden).

FAREWELL TO KRISTEN TAYLOR

I am sorry to report that Kristen Taylor, Director of the Office of Clinical Experiences is resigning effective August 29th to become the Director of Human Resources at Oconomowoc Area School District. I want to thank Kristen for the great job she did during her time at UWM. She was instrumental in cultivating a great partnership with the Meemic Foundation, developing the guest student teacher program, being co-PI on the ACCESS grant and collaborating with MPS to conduct their Leadership Institute at UWM the past two summers. Personally, I appreciated Kristen’s positive attitude, energy, and “can do” spirit. You will be missed, Kristen! Congratulations on your new job.

MICHAEL BONDS RETIRES FROM UWM

Last week, Michael Bonds informed me that he is retiring from UWM after a collective 40 years here as a student where he earned four degrees and as a faculty member for the past 17 years. Michael served two terms as department chair and was an invaluable colleague and better person. Michael’s last official day was Friday, August 17th. Please join me in wishing Michael all the best as he transitions into the next phase of his life. I will miss you, Michael and thank you for all you have done for UWM, SOE, and the Department of Educational Policy and Community Studies.

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • 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