Alan’s Weekly January 14th, 2019

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Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2019 semester as of January 7, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 55 in net admissions (down 82 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 4 in net admissions (down 4 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is even in admissions (down 17 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 59 in admissions (down 103 in applications)

2019 Spring semester credit hours signed up for is down 2.6% point in time from 2018.


I wish everyone a happy new year. It was a relatively quiet week, so it gave me some time to catch on all the mail and do the administrative work waiting for me. This week I had regular meetings with Kelsey Autin, Sara Jozwik, Adrienne Woods, Aaron Schutz, the Provost, and the Deans.

I want to clarify what I have learned from Jeremy Page about our admissions and applications numbers above. In particular, our undergraduate numbers do not look good, but this is partially due to the creation this past year of the Office of Central Advising. In the past, undergraduates were designated to an academic school/college based on a student’s initial preference even if they were undecided. Now all undecided students are assigned to the Office of Central Advising. This helps explain the some of the steep drop in undergraduate admissions and applications for fall 2019.

M3 Annual Update

On Wednesday morning, I attended the annual M3 Update meeting at MATC with Jeremy Page. It was well-attended with several hundred people from primarily MPS, MATC, UWM along with community/business representatives. There was an update on three key metrics, i.e., high school completion, FAFSA/college enrollment, and retention/success rates from Keith Posley, Vicki Martin and Mark Mone, respectively. We heard from several former MPS students and a Harley-Davidson HR manager about the impact of M3 on their respective lives. When asked to identify one word that influenced the educational success of the audience, the word with the most frequent response was “Parents.” We had a good table discussion about the implications of this word for moving the needle forward. Here is a link to a story in the Journal Sentinel about the event.

Staff Advisory Committee Meeting

On Thursday morning, I attended the Staff Advisory committee meeting. I provided a brief update on enrollment numbers and answered questions. The committee is planning a professional development training using strengths finder. Ryan Mason will be sharing further information once all the details are finalized.

Outstanding Learning Environment Meeting

On Thursday afternoon, Jeremy Page and I met with Katie Miota and Gesele Durham to discuss the Outstanding Learning Environment (OLE) goal planning. Jeremy shared with Katie and Gesele our Outstanding Learning Environment template. They were very impressed by how it is laid out. I want to thank Jeremy for his effort in facilitating this work. We asked a question about getting access to data on Pell eligibility and we were directed to the data warehouse. We also shared our plans for laying out our research and community engagement goals in a similar format using tabs on a spreadsheet. The challenge is identifying numerical targets to monitor and track each goal outcome.


I am happy to announce that Dr. Xu Li has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor to join the Department of Educational Psychology in the counseling program this coming fall semester. We will provide further information and welcome Dr. Li when he arrives. I want to thank Nadya Fouad as search chair and the rest of the search committee for their diligent work including Stephanie Willingham who helped arrange for the travel and hotel details.


I want to publicly thank Hope Longwell-Grice for taking on extra duties during my absence. She allowed me to take care of my health issues without thinking about the school’s operations. I also want to thank Jackie Nguyen for facilitating the new faculty monthly session in November, chairing the educational technologist search, and supporting Hope to finish the fall semester.


Several other personnel updates worth noting are the search for a 5th floor receptionist and educational technologist are moving along. The finalists will be coming to campus and hiring decisions will be made in the near future. We hope to have both positions staffed by spring break, if not sooner.


Last week we received important information about how and when media outlets want to receive news releases about faculty research. Media editors are now looking exclusively at news releases that are available before a paper’s embargo date. This means that, in order to be considered for coverage in general-interest science magazines and in major outlets we need to have the information on a research paper to the outlet a week before its scientific journal publication date. Media will respect the embargo date from the scientific journal, but they want to publish their story the same day the journal’s embargo lifts. In order to have time to do their interviews, they have to have our news a week before this date. If faculty have a paper that they have submitted, they can tell UWM Media Relations about it using the form at this link:


  • March 2nd –  SOE Basketball Fun Night v. Wright State at 6:00 pm at Panther Arena.
  • May 9th – All School Meeting – 4th Floor Library Conference room starting at 1:00 pm.