Alan’s Weekly September 24th, 2018

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Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2018 semester as of September 17, 2018, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 3 in net admissions (down 6 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 9 in net admissions (down 16 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is down 49 in admissions (down 8 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 62 in admissions (down 30 in applications)

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


This week I had regular meetings with Stephen Wester, Rod Whiteman, Liz Drame and Nancy File, Simone Conceicao, Carol Wacker, and the Deans.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the Deans met with the Provost for our regular bi-weekly meeting. The overall enrollment for the institution is down 2.2% this fall. Something new the Provost has done in the past two meetings is to ask two Deans to share their personal background with the group. This time, Brett Peters from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Val Klump from the School of Freshwater Sciences shared their backgrounds and how they arrived at UWM. It is really interesting to learn about the personal experiences of others – I think this is an excellent idea and it humanizes each individual beyond the position they hold.

Marija G-J shared a draft UW System policy to close low graduating undergraduate and graduate programs. She suggested that the Deans review the draft policy and be prepared to provide feedback in the future.

Mark Harris subsequently shared information about export control and restricted publication of certain types of research. He also talked about upcoming research center reviews and the closure of inactive centers.

Robin Van Harpen and Drew Knab provided a high level overview of the new Budget model (NBM). This will be rolled out over the coming year with FY20 being a pilot year. As Drew shared, we are in phase 1 of 5 that will be occurring over the coming months.

Hello Pounce Book Meeting

Later Tuesday afternoon, I attended a meeting at the Hefter House to learn about the “Hello Pounce” book being produced. This is a project that has been in the works for over five years. I was informed by Adrienne Bass that Hope Longwell-Grice and Donna Pasternak were two of the original writers for the book. Evidently, it has undergone a number of iterations. It is anticipated that the book will having a reading level for elementary students and be available in 3-5 months. I never knew Pounce had a little sibling called, “Bounce” and that there are at most two Pounces and they can never be seen at the same time. They are planning for a soft rollout sometime in early to mid-2019 with a bigger rollout sometime in fall 2019 to coincide with one of UWM’s big alumni events like the Panther Prowl or Homecoming.

Chancellor’s Plenary Address

On Thursday afternoon, I attended the Chancellor’s Plenary address at the Zelazo Center. The talk is available online at the Secretary of the University’s website if you want to view it.

Deans Luncheon

On Friday, Bob Greenstreet held his annual luncheon for the Deans at his home. It is always nice to get together socially with the other Deans. There is nothing like interacting with peers who understand or are experiencing similar issues. I enjoy working with all the Deans at UWM. It is a good group of people who are trying their best to navigate through a difficult environment.


On Friday, I was made aware of school counseling alum Brenda Mikell winning a national award for her efforts at Rufus King International High School. Brenda is the Director of the Counseling at King and the award is for the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award. You can read more details of the award at this link. Congratulations to Brenda and the school counseling program.


  • October 13th – Panther Prowl, 10:00 am in front of Enderis Hall